Sunday, September 17, 2017

Country Chapel Service...Sunday September 17, 2017 (Today with Christian Hymns) - REVISED

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Welcome to the
"Country Chapel"
Service
Sunday September 17, 2017
Twenty-Fourth Sunday
in Ordinary Time
"Mercy and Forgiveness"





  
Today's Verse:

           ( Revelation 21:3 )

The New Heaven and the New Earth

      I heard a loud voice speaking from the throne: "Now God's home is with people! He will live with them, and they shall be his people. God himself will be with them, and he will be their God."


Entrance Hymn:




Let Us Pray

Recite The Doxology:

      Glory be to the Father, to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.  Amen.
 

Recite The Act of Contrition:

      O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest in all my sins, not only because of the loss of heaven and the pains of hell, but because they offended You, my God, who art all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to confess my sins, do penance, and amend my life.  Amen
 

Recite The Apostles Creed:

      I believe in God, the Father Almighty. Creator of heaven and earth. I believe 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 rose again in ful- fillment of the scriptures. He ascended into Heaven and sits at the right side 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:

( Sirach 27:30 - 28:7 )
[ (From the books of Deuterocanonicals/Apocrypha)
Not available in all Bibles ]

Resentment 

      Anger and a hot temper are horrible things, but sinners have both. The Lord is taking note of your sins, and if you take ven-geance on someone, the Lord will take vengeance on you. But if you forgive someone who has wronged you, your sins will be for-given when you pray. You cannot expect the Lord to pardon you while you are holding a grudge against someone else. You yourself are a sinner, and if you won't forgive another person, you have no right to pray that the Lord will forgive your sins. If you cannot get rid of your anger, you have no hope of forgiveness - you are only a human being. Think about it! Some day you will die, and your body will decay. So give up hate and live by the Lord's commands, the commands in the covenant of the Most High. Instead of getting upset over your neighbor's faults, overlook them.


Alternate 1st Reading:

               ( Psalm 103:1-4, 9-12 )

The Love of God 

      Praise the Lord my soul! All my being, praise his holy name! Praise the Lord, my soul, and do not forget how kind he is. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He keeps me from the grave and blesses me with love and mercy.
      He does not keep on rebuking; he is not angry forever. He does not punish us as we deserve or repay us according to our sins and wrongs. As high as the sky is above the earth, so great is his love for those who honor him. As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our sins from us.


The 2nd Reading:

             ( Romans 14:7-9 )

Do Not Judge Others

      We do not live for ourselves only. and we do not die for our-selves only. If we live, it is for the Lord that we live, and if we die, it is for the Lord we die. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For Christ died and rose to life in order to be the Lord of the living and of the dead.



Today's Gospel According to:

            ( Matthew 18:21-35 )

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

      Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, if my brother keeps on sinning against me, how many times do I have to forgive him? Seven times?"
      "No, not seven times," answered Jesus, "but seventy times seven, because the Kingdom of heaven is like this. Once there was a king who decided to check on his servants' accounts. He had just begun to do so  when one of them was brought in who owed him millions of dollars. The servant did not have enough to pay his debt, so the king ordered him to be sold as a slave, with his wife and children and all that he had, in order to pay the debt. The ser-vant fell on his knees before the king. 'Be patient with me,' he beg-ged, 'and I will pay you everything!' The king felt sorry for him, so he forgave him the dept and let him go."
      "Then the man went out and met one of his fellow servants who owed him a few dollars. He grabbed him and started choking him.'Pay back what you owe me!' he said. His fellow servant fell down and begged him, 'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back!' But he refused; instead, he had him thrown into jail until he should pay his debt. When the other servants saw what had hap-pened, they were very upset and went to the king and told him everything. So he called the servant in. 'You worthless slave!' he said. 'I forgave you the whole amount you owed me, just because you asked me to. You should have had mercy on your fellow ser-vant, just as I had mercy on you.' The king was very angry, and he sent the servant to jail to be punished until he should pay back the whole amount."
      And Jesus concluded, "That is how my Father in heaven will treat everyone of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart."


This is the word of the Lord


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

      The author of Sirach makes it clear that we cannot expect for-giveness and mercy unless we also extend these virtues to others who make life difficult for us. Jesus, too, stressed how vital these core elements are to his teachings. How can it be, then, that within those who claim to be devoted Christians, there are parents disown-ing their children, siblings refusing to speak to each other, adher-ents of religious communities holding grudges and deliberately avoiding reconciliation, church leaders and members holding onto alienation and hostility? What leads these committed Christians to ignore or dismiss the most basic requirements of their religion? Let us pray that our own hearts express mercy and forgiveness toward anyone who brings hurt into our lives.

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:



The Following is a Contribution From One
 of the "Country Chapel" Followers: 

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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