Sunday, September 4, 2016

Country Chapel Service...Sunday September 4, 2016

Welcome to the
"Country Chapel"
September 4 , 2016
The Twenty-Third Sunday
in Ordinary Time
"Mirror, Mirror"

Today's Verse:   (Galatians 4:18)

     "Now, it is good to have such a deep interest if the purpose is good - this is true always, and not merely when I am with 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: 

              (Wisdom 9:13-18)
(Not Available in the King James Version) 

Solomon Prays for Wisdom

      "Who can ever learn the will of God? Human reason is not adequate for the task, and our philosophies tend to mislead us, because our mortal bodies weigh our souls down. The body is a temporary structure made of earth, a burden to the active mind. All we can do is make quesses about things on earth; we must struggle to learn about things that are close to us. Who, then, can ever hope to understand heavenly things? No one has ever learned your will, unless you first gave him Wisdom, and sent your holy spirit down to him. In this way people on earth have been set on the right path, have learned what pleases you, and have been kept safe by Wisdom."

 Alternate 1st Reading:

                (Psalm 90:3-6, 12-17)

Of God and Human Beings 

     You tell us to return to what we were; you change us back to dust. A thousand years to you are like one day; they are like yesterday, already gone, like a short hour in the night. You carry us away like a flood; we last no longer than a dream. We are like weeds that sprout in the morning, that grow and burst into bloom,  then dry up and die in the evening.
     Teach us how short our life is, so that we may become wise. How much longer will your anger last? Have pity, O Lord, on your servants!Fill us each morning with your constant love, so that we may sing and be glad all our life. Give us now as much happiness as the sadness you gave us during all our years of misery. Let us, your servants, see your mighty deeds; let our descendants see your glorious might. Lord our God, may your blessings be with us. Give us success in all we do! 

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 The 2nd Reading:

             (Philemon verses 9-10,12-17)

A Request for Onesimus 

     But because I love you, I make a request instead. I do this even though I am Paul, the ambassador of Christ Jesus, and at present also a prisoner for his sake. So I make a request to you on behalf of Onesimus, who is my own son in Christ; for while in prison I have become his spiritual father.
     I am sending him back to you now, and with him goes my heart. I would like to keep him here with me, while I am in prison for the gospel's sake, so that he could help me in your place. However, I do not want to force you to help me; rather, I would like for you to do it of your own free will. So I will not do anything unless you agree.
     It may be that Onesimus was away from you for a short time so that you might have him back for all time. And now he is not just a slave, but much more than a slave; he is a dear brother in Christ. How much he means to me! And how much more he will mean to you, both as a slave ans as a brother in the Lord!
     So, if you think of me as your partner, welcome him back just as you would welcome me. 

Today's Gospel According to:

                 (Luke 14:25-33)

 The Cost of Being a Disciple

      Once when large crowds of people were going along with Jesus, he turned and said to them, "Those who come to me cannot be my disciples unless they love me more than they love father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and themselves as well. Those who do not carry their own cross and come after me cannot be my disciples. If one of you is planning to build a tower, you sit down first and figure out what it will cost, to see if you have enough money to finish the job. If you don't, you will not be able to finish the tower after laying the foundation; and all who see what happened will make fun of you. 'You begin to build but can't finish the job!' If a king goes out with ten thousand men to fight another king who comes out with twenty thousand men, he will sit down first and decide if he is strong enough to face that other king. If he isn't, he will send messengers to meet the other king to ask for terms of peace while he is still a long way off. In the same way," concluded Jesus, " none of you can be my disciple unless you give up everything you have."

An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
(By Amy Welborn)
     A strange thought occurred to me the other day. What if I didn't know what I looked like? I was thinking of the days before mirrors. While I might catch a glimpse reflected in some water, ancient peoples had no clear idea of what they themselves looked like. One way would have been through the generous hand of another who sketched some lines on a board or paper. 
     My inner self can be a mystery - complex, puzzling, difficult to understand. I'm not sure what I really look like, and there is no perfect mirror to show me.
     But there is someone, and the psalmist guides me to him. The God who created me out of love knows me. I listen as he teaches, I understand as my heart opens to his wisdom. In the stillness, he sketches the flaws, he captures the truth, and I see.
     Lord, you have probed me and you know me. I look to you to see who I am. 

 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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