Sunday, September 18, 2016

Country Chapel Service...Sunday September 18, 2016

  Welcome to the
"Country Chapel"
September 18, 2016
The Twenty-Fifth Sunday
in Ordinary Time
"Word(s) to Live By"

Today's Verse:     (John 15:16)

      "You did not choose me; I choose you and appointed you to go and bear much fruit, the kind of fruit that endures. And so the Father will give you whatever you ask of him in my name."

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: 

                 (Amos 8:4-7)

Israel's Doom

      Listen to this, you that trample on the needy and try to destroy the poor of the country. You say to yourselves, "We can hardly wait for the holy days to be over so that we can sell our grain. When will the Sabbath end, so that we can start selling again? Then we can overcharge, use false measures, and fix the scales to cheat our customers. We can sell worthless wheat at a high price. We'll find someone poor who can't pay his debts, not even the price of a pair of sandals, and we'll buy him as a slave."
      The Lord, the God of Israel, has sworn, "I will never forget their evil deeds."

Alternate 1st Reading:

                   (Psalm 113:1-2, 4-8)

In Praise of the Lord's Goodness

      Praise the Lord! 
      You servants of the Lord, praise his name! May his name be praised, now and forever. 
      The Lord rules over all nations; his glory is above the heavens. There is no one like the Lord our God. He lives in the heights above, but he bends down to see the heavens and the earth. He raises the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from their misery and makes them companions of princes, and princes of his people.
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 The 2nd Reading:
               (1 Timothy 2:1-8)
Church Worship 
      First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, requests, and thanksgivings be offered to God for all people; for kings and all others who are in authority, that we may live a quiet and peaceful life with all reverence toward God and with proper conduct. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to know the truth. For there is one God, and there is one who brings God and human beings together, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself to redeem the whole human race. That was the proof at the right time that God wants everyone to be saved, and that is why I was sent as an apostle and teacher of the Gentiles, to proclaim the message of faith and truth. I am not lying; I am telling the truth!
      In every church service I want the men to pray, men who are dedicated to God and can lift up their hands in prayer without anger or argument.

 Today's Gospel According to:

                 (Luke 16:1-13)

The Shrewd Manager 

      Jesus said to his disciples, "There was once a rich man who had a servant who managed his property. The rich man was told that the manager was wasting his master's money, so he called him in and said, 'What is this I hear about you? Turn in a complete account of your handling of my property, because you cannot be my manager any longer.' The servant said to himself, 'My master is going to dismiss me from my job. What shall I do? I am not strong enough to dig ditches, and I am ashamed to beg. Now I know what I will do! Then when my job is gone, I shall have friends who will welcome me in their homes.' So he called in all the people who were in debt to his master. He asked the first one, 'How much do you owe my master?' 'One hundred barrels of olive oil,' he answered. 'Here is your account,' the manager told him; 'sit down and write fifty.' Then he asked another one, 'And you - how much do you owe?' 'A thousand bushels of wheat,' he answered. 'Here is your account,' the manager told him; 'write eight hundred.' As a result the master of this dishonest manager praised him for doing such a shrewd thing; because people of this world are much more shrewd in handling their affairs than the people who belong to the light."
      And Jesus went on to say, "And I tell you; make friends for yourselves with worldly wealth, so that when it gives out, you will be welcomed in the eternal home. Whoever is faithful in small matters will be faithful in large ones; whoever is dishonest in small matters will be dishonest in large ones. If, then, you have not been faithful in handling worldly wealth, how can you be trusted with true wealth? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to someone else, who will give you what belongs to you?"
      "No servant can be the slave of two masters; such a slave will hate one and love the other or will be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money." 

 An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
(By Amy Weborn)

      Once a week, I volunteer in an after-school reading program. The children arrive at the parish following a day in a struggling school in a struggling neighborhood. The early readers may have a few words they are not sure about, but when they hit an unfamiliar word, their reaction is always the same - their eyes move from the letters and start darting about the page. There must be a hint. They're looking for a sign.
      And so am I. The words of faith are mostly familiar, but at times, my inner eye tears itself from that certainty and looks about. "Where is God in all of this? I know he must be here."
      He is. Not only in the words, but in the Word Made Flesh there is compassion, there is sacrificial love, there is truth boldly proclaimed, there is justice sought and charity poured out. I search the landscape beyond the page and I see that Word, illustrated.

 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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