Monday, October 31, 2011


Arts & Crafts @ Tinney Chapel 2011

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Chances to win handmade quilt
on sale @ Tinney Chapel UMC

Sunday, October 30, 2011


"Bridge Over Troubled Waters" Preached Here Today

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Bridge Over Trouble Waters Preached At Tinney Chapel
Rev. Sue Gross

Joshua 3:7-17

New International Version (NIV)

7 And the LORD said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses. 8 Tell the priests who carry the ark of the covenant: ‘When you reach the edge of the Jordan’s waters, go and stand in the river.’”

9 Joshua said to the Israelites, “Come here and listen to the words of the LORD your God. 10 This is how you will know that the living God is among you and that he will certainly drive out before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites. 11 See, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth will go into the Jordan ahead of you. 12 Now then, choose twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe. 13 And as soon as the priests who carry the ark of the LORD—the Lord of all the earth—set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap.”

14 So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them. 15 Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, 16 the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (that is, the Dead Sea) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho. 17 The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD stopped in the middle of the Jordan and stood on dry ground, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground.

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Monday, October 24, 2011


Hard Times Come Again No More

In The Good Old Days When Times Were Hard

Hard Times Come Again No More has become, over time, my favorite song by the great Stephen Foster, who may have been America's first commercial songwriter. I grew up with some of his best-known songs, such as Oh Susannah and My Old Kentucky Home, probably learning them in Miss Bessie Conner's eighth-grade "Introduction To Music" Class at the then-new Memorial School, completed soon after the end of World War II.

I don't recall the first time I heard Foster's wonderful song, Hard Times Come Again No More, but it was not in Miss Conner's class.

Among the places where I have heard the song are these:

Bob Dylan sang it, with just acoustic guitar, on one of Willie Nelson's televised birthday parties (maybe his 60th?);

Thomas Hampson has recorded a wonderful version of the song; and,

it has been sung more than once on the unique radio program, The Prairie Home Companion.

And, when Winnsboro citizens gathered to assist local artists Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne at Crossroads after damage from a flood at their Organic Song Farm on Goolsby's Pool, this song was performed as a group sing-along.

Now, I humbly offer my version of Hard Times Come Again No More, accompanying myself on a vintage The Gibson banjolele (sometimes called a banjo-ukulele), an instrument which seems appropriate in view of the era from which this great old song originated.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011


Commandments of Jesus Preached Today

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We Can't Improve On Jesus' Commandments
Sermon text for Rev. Sue Gross

Matthew 22:34-46

New International Version (NIV)

The Greatest Commandment

34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Whose Son Is the Messiah?
41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42 “What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?”

“The son of David,” they replied.

43 He said to them, “How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him ‘Lord’? For he says,

44 “‘The Lord said to my Lord:
“Sit at my right hand
until I put your enemies
under your feet.”’[c]

45 If then David calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be his son?” 46 No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions.

1. Matthew 22:37 Deut. 6:5
2. Matthew 22:39 Lev. 19:18
3. Matthew 22:44 Psalm 110:1

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