This is the Communications Weblog of Tinney Chapel UMC, the quintessential country church. Tinney Chapel UMC was established in 1900, and located at 449 County Road 4620, Winnsboro, Texas 75494. This weblog is maintained by Joe Dan Boyd, who serves Tinney Chapel UMC as its Communications Coordinator, a Certified Lay Speaker and, for 10 years, taught The Remnants, an adult Sunday School Class. Tinney Chapel also has a website at http://tinneychapel.org/home.html
Monday, December 24, 2012
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
The Gathering Of God's People
@ A Candlelight Service on Christmas Eve 2012
@ the quintessential country church
Once on the Internet, click on any photo to enlarge it on your computer screen.
Brother Carl Sterling had told us from the pulpit that this year's Christmas Eve Candlelight Service would be like none other that we had ever experienced, and he was right:
His sermon, "What Was At Bethlehem?", alone was enough to make the service unique. You may hear and see him deliver it in the video posted below. It's well worth your time.
Even the traditional Holy Communion service seemed rather special this year, especially with the recent return of the Stantons, Mollie & David, from their voyage and trip to the Holy Land.
The lights in the church building grow dim then are extinguished as the congregation files out singing Silent Night.
Once on the Internet, and out of the e-message mode, click on the video arrow icon below to view a video of Brother Carl's thought-provoking sermon, "What Was At Bethlehem?", and you will be blessed:
The video is immediately above for your clicking convenience. Resource page for this sermon's Scripture:
New International Version (NIV)
The Birth of Jesus
2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.)3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,7 and
she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and
placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for
Farm reared career journalist. BS in Agricultural Journalism at Texas A&M. MA in Folklore at University of Pennsylvania. Author of Judge Jackson & The Colored Sacred Harp, distributed by University of Alabama Press. Recipient of Oscar In Agriculture For Career Contributions. Communications Coordinator & was, for a decade, Sunday School Teacher at Tinney Chapel United Methodist Church. Follow Joe Dan Boyd on Twitter.