Sunday, September 11, 2016

Country Chapel Service...Sunday September 11, 2016

Welcome to the
"Country Chapel"
September 11, 2016
The Twenty-Fourth Sunday
in Ordinary Time
"Coming Home"

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: 

             (Exodus 33:7-11, 13-14)

The Tent of the Lord's Presence

      Whenever the people of Israel set up camp, Moses would take the sacred Tent and put it up some distance outside the camp. It was called the Tent of the Lord's presence, and anyone who wanted to consult the Lord would go out to it. Whenever Moses went out there, the people would stand at the door of their tents and watch Moses until he entered it. After Moses had gone in, the pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the door of the Tent, and the Lord would speak to Moses from the cloud. As soon as the people saw the pillar of cloud at the door of the Tent, they would bow down. The Lord would speak with Moses face-to-face, just as someone speaks with a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp. But the young man who was his helper, Joshua son of Nun, stayed in the Tent.
The Lord Promises to be With His People

      Moses said to the Lord, "Now if you are, tell me your plans, so that I may serve you and continue to please you. Remember also that you have chosen this nation to be your own."
      The Lord said, "I will go with you, and will give you victory." 

 Alternate 1st Reading:

                  (Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19) 

A Prayer for Forgiveness 

      I recognize my faults; I am always conscious of my sins. I have sinned against you - only against you - and done what you consider evil. So you are right in judging me; you are justified in condemning me.
      Give me again the joy that comes from your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. Then I will teach sinners your commands, and they will turn back to you.
      My sacrifice is a humble spirit, O God; you will not reject a humble and repentant heart.
      Then you will be pleased with proper sacrifices and with our burnt offerings; and the bulls will be sacrificed on your alter. 

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The 2nd Reading:

             (1 Timothy 1:12-17)

Gratitude for God's Mercy 

      I give thanks to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength for my work. I thank him for considering me worthy and appointing me to serve him, even though in the past I spoke evil of him and persecuted and insulted him. But God was merciful to me because I did not yet have faith and so did not know what I was doing. And our Lord poured out his abundant grace on me and gave me the faith and love which are ours in union with Christ Jesus. This is a true saying, to be completely accepted and believed: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. I am the worst of them, but God was merciful to me in order that Christ Jesus might show his full patience in dealing with me, the worst of sinners, as an example for all those who would later believe in him and receive eternal life. To the eternal King, immortal and invisible, the only God - to him be honor and glory forever and ever! Amen.

 Today's Gospel According to:

                  (Luke 15:1-32)

The Lost Sheep 

      One day when many tax collectors and other outcasts came to listen to Jesus, the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law started grumbling, "This man welcomes outcasts and even eats with them!" So Jesus told them this parable:
      "Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them - what do you do? You leave the other ninety-nine sheep in the pasture and go looking for the one that got lost until you find it. When you find it, you are so happy that you put it on your shoulders and carry it back home. Then you call your friends and neighbors together and say to them,'I am so happy I found my lost sheep. Let us celebrate!' In the same way, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine respectable people who do not need to repent."

The Lost Coin

      "Or suppose a woman who has ten silver coins loses one of them - what does she do?  She lights a lamp, sweeps her house, and looks carefully everywhere until she finds it. When she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, and says to them,'I am so happy I found the coin I lost. Let us celebrate!' In the same way, I tell you, the angels of God rejoice over one sinner who repents."

The Lost Son  

      Jesus went on to say, "There was once a man who had two sons. The younger one said to him, 'Father, give me my share of the property now.' So the man divided his property between his two sons. After a few days the younger son sold his part of the property and left home with the money. He went to a country far away, where he wasted his money in reckless living. He spent everything he had. Then a severe famine spread over that country, and he was left without a thing. So he went to work for one of the citizens of that country, who sent him out to his farm to take care of the pigs. He wished he could fill himself with the bean pods the pigs ate, but no one gave him anything to eat. At last he came to his senses and said, 'All my father's workers have more than they can eat, and here I am about to starve! I will get up and go to my father and say, "Father, I haved sinned against God and against you, I am no longer fit to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired workers." ' So he got up and started back to his father.
      "He was still a long way from home when his father saw him; his heart was filled with pity, and he ran, threw his arms around his son, and kissed him. 'Father,' the son said, 'I have sinned against God and against you, I am no longer fit to be called your son.' But the father called to his servants. "Hurry!" he said. "Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and shoes on his feet. Then go and get the prize calf and kill it, and let us celebrate with a feast! For this son of mine was dead, but now he is alive; he was lost, but now he has been found.' And so the feasting began.
      "In the meantime the older son was out in the field. On his way back, when he came close to the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him, 'What's going on?' 'Your brother came back home,' the servant answered, 'and your father has killed the prize calf, because he got him back safe and sound.' The older brother was so angry that he would not go into the house; so his father came out and begged him to come in. But he spoke back to his father, 'Look, all these years I have worked for you like a slave, and I have never disobeyed your orders. What have you given me? Not even a goat for me to have a feast with my friends! But this son of yours wasted all your property on prostitutes, and when he comes back home, you kill the prize calf for him!" 'My son,' the father answered, 'you are always here with me, and everything I have is yours.But we had to celebrate and be happy, because your brother was dead, but now he is alive; he was lost, but now he has been found.' "

   An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel

(By Sr. Chris Koellhoffer, L.H.M.) 

      To the well known parable of the straying sheep, Luke adds two other images of searching for the lost: the story of the missing coin and the story of the errant child. Might this be his way of emphasizing that God never gives up on us? That our God is not simply the God of the lost, but of the lost and found?
      In the description of the father - catching sight of the wayward child, filled with compassion for the wandering child, even while that child was still at a distance - we see a God who knows our frailty and shortcomings yet actively waits and yearns for our return. No matter how off course our lives may be at times, this is a God who searches for us. A God who waits for us. A God who longsfor the fullness of homecoming for us and for all people.  

 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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