Sunday, August 28, 2016

Country Chapel Service...Sunday August 28, 2016

Welcome to the
"Country Chapel"
August 21, 2016
The Twenty-Second Sunday
in Ordinary Time
"All Right?"

Today's Verse:    (Isaiah 43:11)

      "I alone am the Lord, the only one who can save you."


Entrance Song:

Recite:   "The Apostles Creed"

     I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hell, and on the third day he arose from the dead and ascended into Heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
      I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.  Amen. 

 The 1st Reading: 

              (Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29)
(Not available in the King James Version)


      My child, be humble in everything you do, and people will appreciate it more than gifts. The greater you become, the more humble you should be; then the Lord will be pleased with you. The Lord's power is great, and he is honored by those who are humble.
      There is no cure for the troubles that arrogant people have; wickedness has taken deep root in them. Intelligent people will learn from proverbs and parables. They listen well because they want to learn.

Alternate 1st Reading:

                 (Psalm 68:4-7, 10-11) 

A National Song of Triumph 

      Sing to God, sing praises to his name; prepare a way for him who rides on the clouds. His name is the Lord - be glad in his presence!
      God, who lives in his sacred Temple, cares for orphans and protects widows.
      He gives lonely a home to live in and leads prisoners out into happy freedom, but rebels will have to live in a desolate land.
      O God, when you led your people, when you marched across the desert, the earth shook.
      Your people made their home there; in your goodness you provided for the poor.
      The Lord gave the command, and many women carried the news; 

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 The 2nd Reading:

               (Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24)

Instructions and Warnings 

      You have not come, as the people of Israel came, to what you can feel, to Mount Sinai with its blazing fire, the darkness and the gloom, the storm, the blast of a trumpet, and the sound of a voice. When the people heard the voice, they begged not to hear another word.
      Instead, you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, with its thousands of angels. You have come to the joyful gathering of God;s first-born, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, who is the judge of all people, and to the spirits of good people made perfect. You have come to Jesus, who arranged the new covenant, ant to the sprinkled blood that promises much better things than does the blood of Abel. 

 Today's Gospel According to:

                  (Luke 14:1, 7-14) 

      One Sabbath Jesus went to eat a meal at the home of one of the leading Pharisees; and people were watching Jesus closely.

Humility and Hospitality 

      Jesus noticed how some of the quests were choosing the best places, so he told this parable to all of them: "When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place. It could happen that someone more important than you has been invited, and your host, who invited both of you, would have to come and say to you, 'Let him have this place.' Then you would be embarrassed and have to sit in a lower place. Instead, when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that your host will come to you and say, 'Come on up, my friend, to a better place.' This will bring you honor in the presence of all the other quests. For those who make themselves great will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be made great."
      Then Jesus said to his host, "When you give a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or your rich neighbors - for they will invite you back, and in this way you will be paid for what you did. When you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind; and you will be blessed, because they are not able to pay you back. God will repay you on the day the good people rise from death." 

 An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel

(By Patricia Livingston)

      Higher or lower places at a banquet table are not the testing ground for a sense of esteem for most of us today. A competition for the top more often involves the rightness of our position on moral or political issues. A"holier than thou" sanctimony can lead us to claim the "higher seat." Proving someone wrong can give us a sense of our own righteous superiority.
      Years ago, I was telling my older sister something my younger sister had done, and she did not look sufficiently outraged on my behalf. "Well don't you think I'm right?" I asked. "sure," she replied, "I just don't think you're that right!"
      God's righteousness has been defined as "trustworthy merciful love."In this Year of Mercy, I need to focus less on being right in my judgements of others and more on the love that invites them to a place at the table.

 Recite: The Lord's Prayer 

      Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it tis in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but, deliver us from evil.  Amen.

  May the Peace of the Lord be with You

 Recessional Song:


1)  Good News Bible (with Deuterocanonicals/Apocrypha)

2)  Living Faith Daily Devotions

3)  Scripture-Text Datebook

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