Sunday, December 11, 2016

Country Chapel Service...Sunday December 11, 2016 (Today with Traditional Church Hymns)

  Welcome to the
"Country Chapel"
December 11, 2016
The Third Sunday
of  Advent
"Speaking the Truth"

      Today's service is to offer prayers for all those who suffer with cancer and their families. May we all remember those we have lost to cancer. Today I offer my prayers to April Scrivani, who passed away last week after a battle with cancer, and to her surviving husband of forty-three years, Ron. May the Lord take April into His heavenly Kingdom, and may the gift of the Holy Spirit descend upon April's husband Ron to find comfort in knowing she is not suffering anymore and never will. Amen.

Please add your own prayers at this time. 

 Today's Verse:    ( John 1:14 )

      The word became a human being and, full of grace and truth, living among us. We saw his glory, the glory he received as the Father's only Son.

 Entrance Hymn:

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. 

"Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right and just"

 The 1st Reading:

              ( Isaiah 35:1-6, 10 )

The Road of Holiness 

      The desert will rejoice, and flowers will bloom in the wastelands. The desert will sing and shout for joy; it will be as beautiful as the Lebanon Mountains and as fertile as the fields of Carmel and Sharon. Everyone will see the Lord's splendor, see his greatness and power.
      Give strength to the hands that are tired and to the knees that tremble with weakness. Tell everyone who is discouraged, "Be strong and don't be afraid! God is coming to your rescue, coming to punish your enemies."
      The blind will be able to see, and the deaf will hear. The lame will leap and dance, and those who cannot speak will shout for joy. Streams of water will flow through the desert.
      They will reach Jerusalem with gladness, singing and shouting for joy. They will be happy forever, forever free from sorrow and grief.

 Alternate 1st Reading:

                ( Psalm 146:6-10 )

In Praise of God the Savior 

      The Creator of heaven, earth, and sea, and all that is in them. He has always keeps his promises; he judges in favor of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry.
      The Lord sets prisoners free and gives sight to the blind. He lifts those who have fallen; he loves his righteous people. He protects the strangers who live in our land; he helps widows and orphans, but he 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:

                ( James 5:7-10 )

Patience and Prayer

      Be patient, the, my friends, until the Lord comes. See how patient farmers are as they wait for their land to produce precious crops. They wait patiently for the autumn and spring rains. You also must be patient. Keep your hopes high, for the day of the Lord's coming is near.
      Do not complain against one another, my friends, so that God will not judge you. The Judge is near, ready to appear. My friends, remember the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Take them as examples of patient endurance under suffering. 

  Today's Gospel According to:

               ( Matthew 11:2-11 )

The Messengers from John the Baptist

      When John the Baptist heard in prison about the things Christ was doing, he sent some of his disciples to him. "Tell us," they asked Jesus, "are you the one John said was going to come, or should we expect someone else?"
      Jesus answered, "Go back and tell John what you are hearing and seeing: the blind can see, the lame can walk, those who suffer from dreaded skin diseases are made clean, the deaf can hear, the dead are brought back to life, and the Good News is preached to the poor. How happy are those who have no doubts about me!"
      While John's disciples were leaving, Jesus spoke about him to the crowds: "When you went out to John in the desert, what did you expect to see? A blade of grass bending in the wind? What did you go out to see? A man dressed up in fancy clothes? People who dress like that live in palaces! Tell me, what did you go out to see? Yes indeed, but you saw much more than a prophet. For John is the one of whom the scripture says; 'God said, I will send my messenger ahead of you to open the way for you.' I assure you that John the Baptist is greater than anyone who has ever lived. But the one who is least in the Kingdom of heaven is greater than John."

   An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Melanie Rigney )

      Go along to get along. Don't make waves. Standing on principle can get you ridiculed, ostracized, branded as being obstinate. It can get you crucified, as Jesus knew.
      It's true; speaking up for the Lord can be lonely. Regardless of what people may say publicly, we hear the whispers and tsk-tsks. Admonishing sinners, even done with love, can be seen as judgemental. Forgiving injuries can be seen as weakness. Visiting prisoners and the sick can be seen as work for patsies and push- overs. And yet, fortified with the strength of the prophets, we speak and live the Lord's truth. W make waves. we stand on principle. We are confident the only opinion that matters - today, tomorrow, and at the end - is his.
      Lord, may I proclaim and live your truth loudly and compas- sionately at all times.


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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