Sunday, September 25, 2016

Country Chapel Service...Sunday September 25, 2016

   Welcome to the
"Country Chapel"
September 25, 2016
The Twenty-Sixth Sunday
in Ordinary Time
"Revolution of Tenderness"

Today's Verse:     (Deuteronomy 16:17)

      "Each man is able to bring a gift as he is able, in proportion to the blessings that the lord your God has given him"

 Entrance Song: 
 (You can stop after the 1st song plays or just listen to great Christian Music)

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 6:1, 4-7)

The Destruction of Israel 

      How terrible it will be for you that have such an easy life inn Zion and for you that feel safe in Samaria - you great leaders of this great nation Israel, you tho whom the people go for help!
      How terrible it will be for you that stretch out on your luxurious couches, feasting on veal and lamb! You like to compose songs, as David did, and play them on harps. You drink wine by the bowlful and use the finest perfumes, but you do not mourn over the ruin of Israel. So you will be the first to go into exile. You feasts and ban- quets will come to an end.

 Alternate 1st Reading:

                 (Psalm 146:7-10)

In Praise of God the Savior 

      He judges in favor of the oppressed and gives food to the hung- ry. The Lord sets prisoners free and gives sight to the blind. He lifts those who have fallen; he loves his righteous people. He pro- tects the strangers who live in our land; he helps widows and orphans, but takes the wicked to their ruin. The lord is king forever. Your God, O Zion, will reign for all time.
      Praise the Lord!

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The 2nd Reading:

               (1 Timothy 6:11-16)

Personal Instructions 

      But you, man of God, avoid all these things. Strive for right-  eousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. Run your best in the race of faith, and win eternal life for yourself; for it was to this life that God called you when you firmly professed your faith before many witnesses. Before God, who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus, who firmly professed his faith be- fore Pontius Pilate, I command you to obey your orders and keep them faithfully until the day when our Lord Jesus Christ will appear. His appearing will be brought about at the right time by God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and the Lord of lords. He alone is immortal; he lives in the light that no one can approach. No one has ever seen him. To him be honor and eternal power! Amen.

(You can stop after the 1st song plays or just listen to great Gospel Hymns)

 Today's Gospel According to:

                   (Luke 16:19-31)

The Rich man and Lazarus 

      "There once was a rich man who dressed in the most expensive clothes and lived in great luxury everyday. There was also a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who used to be brought to the rich man's door, hoping to eat a bite of food that fell from the rich man's table. Even the dogs would come and lick his sores. The poor man died and was carried by the angels to sit beside Abraham at the feast in heaven. The rich man died and was buried, and in Hades, where he was in great pain, he looked up and saw Abraham, far away, with Lazarus at his side. So he called out,'Father Abra- ham! Take pity on me, and send Lazarus to dip his finger in some water and cool off my tongue, because I am in great pain in this fire!' But Abraham said, 'Remember, my son, that in your lifetime you were given all the good things, while Lazarus got all the bad things. But now he is enjoying himself here, while you are in pain. Besides all that, there is a deep pit lying between us, so those who want to cross over from here to you cannot do so, nor can anyone cross over to us from where you are.' The rich man said, 'Then I beg you father Abraham, send Lazarus to my father's house, where I have five brothers. Let him go and warn them so that they, at least, will not come to this place of pain.'Abraham said, 'Your brothers have Moses and the prophets to warn them; your brothers should listen to what they say.' The rich man answered, 'That is not enough, father Abraham! But if someone were to rise from death and go to them, then they would turn from their sins.' But Abraham said, 'If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone were to rise from death.' " 

 An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Sr. Melannie Svoboda, S.N.D.)

      In his letter to Timothy, St. Paul gives his colleague some valuable advice. Paul lists the qualities a disciple of Jesus should possess. Among the qualities is gentleness. Pope Francis has spoken about gentleness, or tenderness, as he calls it. "Tenderness is not the virtue of the weak," he said," but rather a sign of strength." In his encyclical entitled "Joy of the Gospel," he even called for a "revolution of tenderness."
      How do we join that "revolution" and demonstrate tenderness in our everyday life? By speaking to others in a kind tone, noticing when someone is hurting, respecting another's privacy, refusing to label individuals, driving less frantically, closing doors softly and being more inclusive in our loving.
      God of gentleness, help me to join the "revolution of tender- ness"  by being more tender today - especially in my dealings with others. May my tenderness reflect the way of Jesus, your gentle son.

 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:
 (You can stop after the 1st song plays or just listen to great Praise & Worship Songs)


1)  Good News Bible (with Deuterocanonicals/Apocrypha)

2)  Living Faith Daily Devotions

3)  Scripture-Text Datebook

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