Sunday, May 08, 2011


Mothers Day @ Tinney Chapel

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Jesus Was A Mama's Boy, Too
Lay Sermon by Certified Lay Speaker Joe Dan Boyd

Today's service featured the congregation singing "If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again," an old favorite from the convention song book tradition by James Rowe and J. W. Vaughan along with the Isaac Watts version of "At The Cross."

Certified Lay Speaker Angela Wyle read her original poem, "Grandmothers I Have Known," one of the finest works by this prize-winning poet and life-time member of Tinney Chapel UMC. Angela also served as songleader on this occasion.

Joe Dan began his presentation with a recollection of his own youth after his mother, Dolly Tinney Boyd, died when Joe Dan was two years old, after which he was blessed with three mothers-of-the-heart: A grandmother, a great-aunt, and an aunt who was one of Dolly's sisters.

From this, he moved into the conception, birth and boyhood of Jesus as recorded in the Scriptures. Lay Readers today were Linda Hallman, who read John 2:1-11, the account of the miracle at Cana, and Peggy Boyd, who read John 19:23-27, the account of instructions from Jesus on the Cross to His mother, Mary, and the Beloved Disciple, John.

Joe Dan's focus was to emphasize that, although Jesus was indeed a "Daddy's Boy," in that He was extremely close to His Father, Jesus also enjoyed a close relationship with his mother.

John 19:23-27 (New International Version)

23 When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.

24 “Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.”

This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled that said,

“They divided my clothes among them
and cast lots for my garment.”[a]

So this is what the soldiers did.

25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman,[b] here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.


John 19:24 Psalm 22:18
John 19:26 The Greek for Woman does not denote any disrespect.

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