Pentecostal Tabernacle Church Celebrates 90th Year In Cambridge


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One local Cambridge church is spending 2017 celebrating 90 years of worship and community service.

At 8:30 a.m. every Sunday, a congregation of early risers meets at Pentecostal Tabernacle Church North, 77 Columbia Street, for service. And if you are like me and have a thousand things to do, this early time is perfect and a great way to get an early start to your day. Meanwhile, Pentecostal Tabernacle South begins its worship time at 11:30 a.m. every Sunday at 56 Magazine Street, and is for those who just need more time to catchup on their sleep or just love a large congregation.

PT North is also one of the few churches with parking in Cambridge with a parking lot of its own. And for pedestrians, you can’t beat the five-minute walk from Central Square T-station. In addition, child care is provided as well as Sunday school for older children, so all family is taken care of and you can focus on the important message of life.

As stated on their website, “Pentecostal Tabernacle is a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-generational church, which is situated between Harvard University and MIT and have a large population of students and families that attend our church. Whether you are nine or ninety, or come in formal attire or a pair of jeans you feel welcomed.” I sure did feel the love and the sense of community every time I visit. It’s definitely diverse; as they say, giving you a glimpse of Heaven where all will worship God in every language.

As usual, the sermon started with a 15-minute "corporate prayer," followed by the amazing singers leading the congregation to their feet in worship. It’s not too hard to imagine how good it is being inside when you already have heard the sweet sounds of the choir in their mid-week nighttime practice passing by and leaving you contemplating whether to stand a little longer or walk a little slower just to hear the end of the song. Honestly, there is something about the songs that gives you hope and uplifts your faith praying it never ends. What would we do if there was no music or such thing called song?

At Pentecostal Tabernacle, like many churches, you can also expect to be asked to stand right after worship, as it is a tradition to be introduced as a new guest or visitor so that all could socialize. During the sermon there is a lot of “Amen” and clapping as the powerful message rings true to our heart and ear. It’s so moving to see the pastor start a song in the middle of his sermon or insert subtle humor, which leads the crowd with roaring laughter.

Note to my Cambridge friends: Don’t be surprised if and when the bishop ask you to repeat words like “today is your day” to your neighbor seated next to you, or to hold hands in prayer as he closes with the benediction and extends the blessings for the days, weeks, months and years to come before you.

For more information, visit or call 617-661-0222.