Sunday, January 8, 2017

Country Chapel Service...Sunday January 8, 2017 (Today with Traditional Christmas Hymns)

   Welcome to the
"Country Chapel"
January 8, 2017
The Epiphany
of the Lord
"We are God's Epiphany"

Today's Verse:    ( Romans 5:8 )

      But God has shown us how much he loves us - it was while we were still sinners that Christ died for us!

 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 60:1-6 )

The Future Glory of Jerusalem

      Arise, Jerusalem, and shine like the sun; The glory of the Lord is shining on you! Other nations will be covered by darkness, But on you the light of the Lord will shine; The Brightness of his presence will be with you. Nations will be drawn to your light, And Kings to the dawning of your new day.
      Look around you and see what is happening; Your people are gathering to come home! Your sons will come from far away; Your daughters will be carried like children. You will see this and be filled with joy; you will tremble with excitement. The wealth of the nations will be brought to you; From across the sea their riches will come.
      Great caravans of camels will come, from Midian and Ephah. They will come from Sheba, bringing gold and incense. People will tell the good news of what the Lord has done!

Alternate 1st Reading:

               ( Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-13 )

A Prayer for the King

      Teach the king to judge with your righteousness, O God; share with him your own justice, so that he will rule over your people with justice and govern the oppressed with righteousness.
      May righteousness flourish in his lifetime, and may prosperity last as long as the moon gives light. His kingdom will reach from sea to sea, from Euphrates to the ends of the earth.
      The kings of Spain and of the islands will offer him gifts; the kings of Sheba and Sheba will bring him offerings. All kings will bow down before him; and all nations will serve him.
      He rescues the poor who call to him, and those who are needy and neglected. He has pity on the weak and poor; he saves the lives of those in need.
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 The 2nd Reading:

              ( Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6 )

Paul's Work for the Gentiles

      Surely you have heard that God in his grace has given me this work to do for your good. God revealed his secret plan and made it known to me. (I have written briefly about this)
      In past times human beings were not told this secret, but God has revealed it now by the Spirit to his holy apostles and prophets. The secret is that by means of the gospel the Gentiles have a part with the Jews in God's blessings; they are members of the same body and share in the promise that God made through Jesus Christ.

Today's Gospel According to:

                 ( Matthew 2:1-12 )

Visitors from the East

      Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea, during the time when Herod was king. Soon afterward, some men who studied the stars came from the East to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the baby born to be king of the Jews? We saw his star when it came up in the east, and we have come to worship him."
      When king Herod heard about this, he was very upset, and so was everyone else in Jerusalem. He called together all the chief priests and the teachers of the Law and asked them, "Where will the Messiah be born?"
      "In the town of Bethlehem in Judea," they answered. "For this is what the prophet wrote:
'Bethlehem in the land of Judea, you are by no means the least of the leading cities of Judea; from you will come a leader who will guide my people Israel.' "
      So Herod called the visitors from the East to a secret meeting and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem with these instructions: "Go and make careful search for the child; and when you find him, let me know, so that I too may go and worship him."
      And so they left, and on their way they saw the same star they had seen in the East. When they saw it, how happy they were, what joy was theirs! It went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. They went into the house, and when they saw the child with his mother Mary, they knelt down and worshiped him. they brought out their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, and presented them to him.
      Then they returned to their country by another road, since God warned them in a dream not to go back to Herod.

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

      Today we celebrate God's manifestation to the Gentiles. But we do more than that. We also celebrate all those ways God continues to break into our lives today in both ordinary and surprising ways; in Scripture and the Sacraments, in wonders of creation, in our personal history, in people we encounter every day, in world events and in marvels of technology, art, literature and music. But this feast does even more: It calls us to be an epiphany of God in our world. How do we do that? By following the example of the person this little child would become, a person of selfless love who makes goodness, peace and justice more visible in our world.
      Jesus, Epiphany of the invisible God, shine through me today.

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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