Sunday, May 21, 2017

Country Chapel Service...Sunday May 21, 2017 (Today with Christian Hymns)

    Welcome to the
"Country Chapel"
Service
Sunday
May 21, 2017
Sixth Sunday
Of Easter
"The Truth of the Promise"





Today's Verse:

                ( Psalm 1:2 )

True Happiness 

      Instead, they find joy in obeying the Law of the Lord, and they study it day and night. 


 Entrance Hymn:




 The 1st Reading:

            ( Acts 8:5-8, 14-17 )

                          The Gospel is Preached in Samaria

      Philip went to the principal city in Samaria and preached the Messiah to the people there. The crowds paid close attention to what Philip said, as they listened to him and saw the miracles that he performed. Evil spirits came out from many people with a loud cry, and many paralyzed and lame people were healed. So there was great joy in that city.
      The apostles in Jerusalem heard that the people of Samaria had received the word of God, so they sent Peter and John to them. When they arrived, they prayed for the believers that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For the Holy Spirit had not come down on any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.


 Alternate 1st Reading:

              ( Psalm 66:1-7, 16, 20 )

A Song of Praise and Thanksgiving

      Praise God with shots of joy, all people!Sing to the glory of his name; offer him glorious praise! Say to God, "How wonderful are the things you do! Your power is so great that your enemies bow down in fear before you. Everyone on earth worships you; They sing praises to you, they sing praises to your name."
      Come and see what God has done, his wonderful acts among people. He changed the sea into land; our ancestors crossed the river on foot. There we rejoiced because of what he did. He rules forever by his might and keeps his eyes on the nations. Let no rebels rise against him.
      Come and listen, all who honor God, and I will tell you what he has done for me.
      I praise God, because he did not reject my prayer or keep back his constant love from me.


The 2nd Reading:

               ( 1 Peter 3:15-18 )

Suffering for Doing Right

      But have reverence for Christ in your hearts, and honor him as Lord. Be ready at all times to answer anyone who asks you to ex- plain the hope you have in you, but do it with gentleness and re- . spect. Keep your conscience clear, so that when you are insulted, those who speak evil of your good conduct as followers of Christ will become ashamed of what they say, For it is better to suffer for doing good, if this should be God's will, than for doing evil. For Christ died for sins once and for all, a good man on behalf of sinners, in order to lead you to God. He was put to death physically, but made alive spiritually.



Today's Gospel According to:
                ( John 14:15-21)
The Promise of the Holy Spirit
      "If you love me, you will obey my commandments, I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, who will stay with you forever. He is the Spirit, who reveals the truth about God. The world cannot receive him, because it cannot see him or know him. But you know him, because he remains with you and is in you."
      "When I go, you will not be left alone; I will come back to you. In a little while the world will see me no more, but you will see me; and because I live, you also will live. When that day comes, you will know that I am in the Father and that you are in me, just as I am in you.
Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. My Father will love those who love me; I too will love them and reveal myself to them."


 This is the word of the Lord.



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

      The disciples probably did not understand what Jesus meant about being orphaned until they stood at a distance from his cross on Calvary and watched with terror as he died in crucified agony. It was then that the disciples felt forsaken. Only when Jesus appeared to them in his risen presence did they come to believe the truth of his promise to them. Like the disciples there is an orphaned in us at certain times. We, too, may wonder how is it that the One we trusted has left us on our own. When we feel forsaken how vital it is to recall Jesus' word's, "I will not leave you orphans." This is the opportunity for our faith to grow stronger, to trust with all our heart that we will also come to experience an "Easter Sunday." 


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:


Believe me He works in mysterious ways...it just happened to me.
Highly Recommended:
Read this in silence. Thank you Lord for everything you've done for me. Forgive me for all of my sins as I forgive those who sinned against me. Heal me from the hurt of my past and present. I love You and need You. Cover me, my family, my friends, my life, and my endeavors and enterprises with Your most precious and holy blood. Give me Your dreams, Lord. Bless and protect everyone who seeks You, needs You, and believes in You.
When you love God and you are not ashamed of Him, good things happen in your life. Show your love for him! Copy and paste this on your wall for a day..
Can I get an Amen? Amen!



Sources:

1)  Good News Bible (with Deuterocanonicals/Apocrypha)

2)  Living Faith Daily Devotions

3)  Scripture-Text Datebook


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