Sunday, December 25, 2016

Country Chapel Service...Sunday December 25, 2016 (Today with Traditional Christmas Hymns)

  Welcome to the
"Country Chapel"
December 25, 2016
The Nativity
of the Lord
"Love Incarnate"

 Today's Verse:    ( Colossians 3:23 )

      Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people.

 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 9:1-6 )

The Future King

      There will be no way for them to escape from this time of trouble.
       The land of the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali was once disgraced, but the future will bring honor to this region, from the Mediterranean eastward to the land on the other side of the Jordan, even to Galilee itself, where the foreigners live.
      The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. They lived in a land of shadows, but now the light is shining on them. You have given them great joy, Lord; you have made them happy. They rejoice in what you have done, as people rejoice when they harvest grain or when they divide captured wealth. For you to have broken yoke that burdened them and the rod that beat their shoulders. You have defeated the nation that oppressed and exploited your people, just as you defeated the army of Midian long ago. The boots of the invading army and all their bloodstained clothing will be destroyed by fire. A child is born to us! And he will be our ruler. He will be called "Wonderful Counselor," "Mighty God" "Eternal Father" "Prince of Peace"

  Alternate 1st Reading:

                  ( Psalm 96:1-3, 11-13 )

God the Supreme King 

      Sing a new song to the Lord! Sing to the Lord, all the world! Sing to the Lord, and praise him! Proclaim every day the good news that he has saved us. Proclaim his glory to the nations, his mighty deeds to all peoples.
      Be glad, earth and sky! Roar, sea, and every creature in you; be glad fields, and everything in you! The trees in the woods will shout for joy when the Lord comes to rule the earth, He will rule the peoples of the world with justice and fairness. 
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 The 2nd Reading: 

                     ( Titus 2:11-14 )

Sound Doctrine

      For God has revealed his grace for the salvation of all people. That grace instructs us to give up ungodly living and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this world, as we wait for the blessed Day we hope for, when the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ will appear. He gave himself for us, to rescue us from all wickedness and to make us pure people who belong to him alone and are eager to do good.

Today's Gospel According to:

                    ( Luke 2:1-14 )

      The Birth of Jesus

      At that time Emperor Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Roman Empire. When this first census took place, Quirinius was the governor of Syria. Everyone, then, went to the register himself, each to his hometown.
      Joseph went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to the town of Bethlehem in Judea, the birth place of King David. Joseph went there because he was a descendant of David. He went to register with Mary, who was promised in marriage to him. She was pregnant, and while they were in Bethlehem, the time came for her to have her baby. She gave birth to her first son, wrapped him in cloths and laid him in a manger - there was no room for them to stay in the inn. 

The Shepherds and the Angels

      There were some of the shepherds i that part of the country who were spending the night in the fields, taking care of their flocks. An angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shown over them. They were terribly afraid, but the angel said to them, "Don;t be afraid! I am here with good news for you, which will bring great joy to all the people. This very day in David's town your Savior was born - Christ the Lord! And this is what will prove it to you; you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
      Suddenly a great army of heaven's angels appeared with the angel, singing praises to God;
      "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom he is pleased!"  

  An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Sr. Joyce Rupp, O.S.M. )

      On this Christmas Day, let us turn inward for a moment to remember the One who has dominion over our inner being, who rules our heart with unconditional love. In this soul space, let us welcome the Divine Peace forever accessible to us. No matter how lonely or sad we may feel, no matter how much divisiveness may exist within our family, no matter how extensive the violence in our world, let us open wide and receive the expansiveness of an Incarnate Love that knows no bounds. For within this peace and love resides all we require to commemorate the day with gratitude. Nothing can rob our inner space of true serenity unless we allow it. Nothing can keep us from rejoicing in this beloved presence unless we close ourselves off to this love. What a magnanimous gift held out to us from the One who came to dwell among us. How can we refuse such a marvelous present?

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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