Sunday, December 17, 2017

Country Chapel Service...Sunday December 17, 2017 (Today with Advent-Christmas Songs) - REVISED

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                Welcome to the
      "Country Chapel"
        Sunday Service
               

              December 17, 2017
           Third Sunday
             Of Advent

            "Gaudete"
               ( Latin for 'Rejoice' )






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Today's Verse:

               ( John 1:14 )

The Word of Life

      The Word became a human being and, full of grace and truth, lived among us. WE saw his glory, the glory which he received as the Father's only Son.

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:

              ( Isaiah 61:1-2, 10-11 )

The Good News of Deliverance

      The Sovereign Lord has filled me with his Spirit. He has chosen me and sent me to bring good news to the poor, to heal the broken-hearted, to announce release to captives and freedom to those in prison. He has sent me to proclaim that the time has come when the Lord will save his people and defeat their enemies. He has sent me to comfort all who mourn.
      Jerusalem rejoices because of what the Lord has done. She is like a bride dressed for her wedding. God has clothed her with sal-vation and victory. As surely as seeds sprout and grow, the Sovereign Lord will save his people, and all nations will praise him.

Alternate 1st Reading:

              ( Luke 1:46-50, 53-54 )

Mary's Song of Praise

      Mary said, "My heart praises the Lord; my soul is glad because of God my Savior, for he has remembered me, his lowly servant! From now on all people will call me happy, because of the great things the Mighty God has done for me. His name is holy; from one generation to another he shows mercy to those who honor him.
      He has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away with empty hands. He has kept the promise he made to our ancestors, and has come to the help of his servant Israel."


The 2nd Reading:

               ( 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 )

Final Instructions and Greetings 

      Be joyful always, pray at all times, be thankful in all circum-stances. this is what God wants from you in your life in union with Christ Jesus.
      Do not restrain the Holy Spirit; do not despise inspired messa-ges. Put all things to the test: keep what is good and avoid every kind of evil.
      May the God who gives us peace make you holy in every way and keep your whole being - spirit, soul, and body - free from every fault at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you will do it, because he is faithful.



Today's Gospel According to:

                ( John 1:6-8, 19-28 )

The Word of Life 

      God sent his messenger, a man named John, who came to tell the people about the light, so that all should hear the message and believe. He himself was not the light; he came to tell about the light.

John the Baptist's Message

      The Jewish authorities in Jerusalem sent some priests and Levites to John to ask him, "Who are you?"
      John did not refuse to answer, but spoke out openly and clearly, saying, "I am not the Messiah."
      "Who are you then?" they asked. "Are you Elijah?"
      "No, I am not," John answered.
      "Are you the Prophet?" they asked.
      "No," he replied.
      "Then tell us who you are," they said. "We have to take an answer back to those who sent us. What do you say about your-self?"
      John answered, "I baptize with water, but among you stands the one you do not know. He is coming after me, but I am not good enough even to untie his sandals."
      All this happened in Bethany on the east side of the Jordan River, where John was baptizing.
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This is the word of the Lord


An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Patricia Livingston )

      This Sunday, called Gaudete, (Latin for 'Rejoice'), marks the halfway point of Advent. The rose candle is lit, and the second reading begins, "Rejoice always!" This upbeat mood can come to a full stop, however, when the requirement extends to giving thanks in all circumstances. I remember my friend, suffering blinding headaches after her third cesarean section, was also dealing with her crying newborn, the head lice her son brought home from kin-dergarten and sewage overflow in her house after a ball had been flushed down the toilet. She cried, "If I have one more circum-stance, I will be giving thanks in an institution!"
      I'm convinced the only thing that gets us through terrible times is "Prayer without ceasing." This is not thanking God that this chaos is God's will, but that we are not in it alone. The One who came to be with us at Christmas is holding us in love. Gaudete! 


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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