Sunday, October 1, 2017

Country Chapel Service...Sunday Octobe 1, 2017 (Today with Traditional Hymns) - REVISED

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Welcome to the
"Country Chapel"
Service
Sunday October 1, 2017
Twenty-Sixth Sunday
in Ordinary Time
"Recognizing Others"





Today's Verse:

                ( Psalm 37:7 ) 

      Be patient and wait for the Lord to act; don't be worried about those who prosper or those who succeed in their evil plans.


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:

              ( Ezekiel 18: 25-28 )

     
Individual Responsibility
      "But you say, 'What the Lord does isn't right.' Listen to me, you Israelites. Do you think my way of doing things isn't right? It is your way that isn't right. When a righteous person stops doing good and starts doing evil and then dies, he dies because of the evil he has done. When someone evil stops sinning and does what is right and good, he saves his life. He realizes what he is doing and stops sinning, so he will certainly not die, but go on living. 

Alternate 1st Reading:
           ( Psalm 25:4-5, 8-10, 14 )
A Prayer for Guidance and Protection 
      Teach me your ways, O Lord; make them known to me. Teach me to live according to your truth, for you are my God, who saves me. I always trust in you.
      Because the Lord is righteous and good, he teaches sinners the path they should follow. He leads the humble in the right way and teaches them his will. With faithfulness and love he leads all who ke(ep his covenant and obey his commands. 
      The Lord is the friend of those who obey him and he affirms his covenant with them.

The 2nd Reading:

              ( Philippians 2:1-11 )

 Christ's Humility and Greatness

      You life in Christ makes you strong, and his love comforts you. You have fellowship with the Spirit, and you have kindness and compassion for one another. I urge you, then, to make me com-pletely happy by having the same thoughts, sharing the same love, and being one in soul and mind. Don't do anything from selfish ambition or from a cheap desire to boast, but be humble toward one another, always considering others better than yourselves. And look out for one another's interests, not just for your own. The attitude you should have is the one that Christ Jesus had.
      He always had the nature of God, but he did not think that by force he should remain equal with God. Instead of this, of his own free will he gave up all he had, and took the nature of a servant. He became like a human being and appeared in human likeness. He was humble and walked the path of obedience all the way to death - his death on the cross. For this reason God raised him to the highest place above and gave him the name that is greater than any other name. And so, in honor of the name of Jesus all beings in heaven, on earth, and in the world below will fall on their knees, and all will openly proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.


Today's Gospel According to:

                ( Matthew 21:28-32 )
The Parable of the Two Sons
      "Now, what do you think? There was once a man who had two sons. He went to the older one and said, 'Son, go and work in the vineyard today.' 'I don't want to,' he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. 'Yes, sir,' he answered, but did not go. Which one of the two did what his father wanted?"
      "The older one," they answered.
      So Jesus said to them, "I tell you: the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the Kingdom of God ahead of you. For John the baptist came to you showing you the right path to take, and you would not believe him; but the tax collectors and the pros-titutes believed him. Even when you saw this, you did not change your minds and believe him."
 
This is the word of the Lord


An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Terence Hegarty )

      No matter what some say, we writers like to see our name in print. It's rewarding to know that we've written something worthy of being published. We're happy when someone compliments us on our work. It can become intoxicating.
Because Living Faith is such a well-known and popular devotional, even working in this mission-driven, Spirit-guided, devinely inspired format, the author's ego and pride can still come into play. I'm not immune to this. But, when I write with the reader in focus, my chances of creating something worthwhile are far greater. I gain a deep satisfaction from this work because I am sharing God's words with so many others
      Whether we are in the public eye or not, our question for today could be, "Are our efforts being made with the best interests of others in mind?" We will be doing God's will if we can honestly answer in the affirmative.


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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