Monday, December 21, 2009


Christmas Week at Tinney Chapel

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Three Days of Christmas at Tinney Chapel This Week

At the Wednesday evening Advent Service, 6:00 p.m., December 23, Pastor Sue Gross will introduce Angela Wylie and Joe Dan Boyd, both Certified UMC Lay Speakers. Angela, a prize-winning poet, will perform a reading of an original poem, "Alone," written especially for this event. Joe Dan will perform special music, "Something Got Hold of Me," selected especially for this event although not an original composition.

Both the poem and the song are scheduled to set a mood for Joe Dan's Advent Sermon, "Perceiving The Presence Of God."

Congregational songs selected for this service are also intended to emphasize the sermon title: "Leaning On The Everlasting Arms" and "Blessed Assurance."

Pastor Sue will give the benediction to conclude the service.

Thursday evening's Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, at 6 pm, continues a long-standing tradition at Tinney Chapel and the North Texas Conference, including the lighting of the Christ Candle to culminate the Advent Candle series of the past several weeks.

As "Silent Night" is sung and lights are dimmed, the Pastor will light a separate candle from the Christ Candle, and then the Pastor will light the candles of the candlelighters gathered at the altar who will then light the candles of the first worshipers at each pew in the sanctuary.

Jesus said: "I am the Light of the World, Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the Light of Life."

Friday's open invitation to a Free Christmas Dinner, between 2 pm and 4 pm on December 25, is the second year that Tinney Chapel has hosted this unique event, which is further described in the Winnsboro Online Guide at:

If you are alone on this Christmas Day, if your family is out of town, or if for any reason you have no place to go, please join us, between 2 pm and 4 pm, at the Tinney Chapel UMC spacious, 8,000-sq. ft. Family Life Center, two miles south of Winnsboro, just off FM 312 at 449 County Road 4620.

Merry Christmas!

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