Sunday, December 24, 2017

Country Chapel Service...Sunday December 24, 2017 (Today with Advent-Christmas Songs) - REVISED

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                Welcome to the
      "Country Chapel"
        Sunday Service
               

              December 24, 2017
           Fourth Sunday
             Of Advent

            "Gaudete"
               ( Latin for 'Rejoice' )






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Today's Verse:

               ( Luke 2:10 )

The Shepherds an the Angels

      The angel said to them, "Don't be afraid! I am here with good news for you, which will bring great joy to all the people."
  
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:

               ( 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16 )

Nathan's Message to David

      King David was settled in his palace, and the Lord kept him safe from all his enemies. Then the king said to the prophet Nathan, "Here I am living in a house built of cedar, but God's Covenant Box is kept in a tent!"
      Nathan answered, "Do whatever you have in mind, because the Lord is with you." But that night the Lord said to Nathan, "Go and tell my servant David that I say to him,'You are not the one to build a temple for me to live in."
      "So tell my servant David that I, the Lord Almighty, say to him, ' I took you from looking after sheep in the fields and made you the ruler of my people Israel. I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have defeated all your enemies as you advanced. I will make you as famous as the greatest leaders in the world. I have chosen a place for my people Israel and have settled them there, where they will live without being oppressed any more. Ever since they entered this land, they have been attacked by violent people, but this will not happen again. I promise to keep you safe from all your enemies and to give you descendants. When you die and are buried with your ancestors, I will make one of your sons king and will keep his kingdom strong."
      I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him as a father punishes his son.
      You will always have descendants, and I will make your kingdom last forever. Your dynasty will never end.' "

Alternate 1st Reading:

               ( Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29 ) 

A Hymn in Time of National Trouble

      I know that your love will last for all time, that your faithful-ness is as permanent as the sky. You said, "I have made a covenant with the man I chose; I have promised my servant David, 'A de-scendant of yours will always be king; I will preserve your dynasty forever.' " 
      The heavens sing of the wonderful things you do; the holy ones sing of your faithfulness, Lord.
      I will make him my first-born son, the greatest of all kings.
      His dynasty will be as permanent as the sky; a descendant of his will always be king.



The 2nd Reading:

               ( Romans 16:25-27 )

Concluding Prayer of Praise

      Let us give glory to God! He is able to make you stand firm in your faith, according to the Good News I preach about Jesus Christ and according to the revelation of the secret truth which was hidden for long ages in the past. Now, however, that truth has been brought out into the open through the writings of the prophets; and by the command of the eternal God it is made known to all nations, so that all may believe and obey.
      To the only God, who alone is all-wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever! Amen!



Today's Gospel According to:

              ( Luke 1:26-38 )

The Birth of Jesus is Announced

      In the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy God sent the angel Gabriel to a town in Galilee named Nazareth. He had a message for a young woman promised in marriage to a man named Joseph, who was a descendant of King David. Her name was Mary. The angel came to her and said, "Peace be with you! The Lord is with you and has greatly blessed you!"
      Mary was deeply troubled by the angel's message, and she wondered what his words meant. The angel said to her, "Don't be afraid, Mary; God has been gracious to you. You will become preg-nant and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High God. The Lord God will make him a king, as his ancestor David was, and he will be the king of the descendants of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end!"
      Mary said to the angel, "I am a virgin. How, then, can this be?"
      The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come on you, and God's power will rest upon you. For this reason the holy child will be called the Son of God. Remember your relative Elizabeth. It is said she cannot have children, but she herself is now six months pregnant, even though she is very old. For there is nothing that God cannot do."
      "I am the Lord's servant," said Mary; "may it happen to me as you have said." And the angel left her.


This is the word of the Lord


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

      What a wonderful day it is. Not only is it the Fourth Sunday of Advent, it is also Christmas Eve. Let us focus for a moment on a person who plays a central role in the Advent/Christmas seasons; Mary. In the story of the Annunciation, there's one line that always strikes me. "And the angel left her."
      The angel has just accepted Mary's "Yes" to bear "The Son of the Most High," and then he leaves her! Couldn't he have given Mary some details on what she should do next? If I were Mary, I might have asked, "Is there a manual that goes with this? Some-thing that will tell me how I am to raise the Messiah?" But no. The angel departs. Mary is left alone.
      But she is not really alone. Mary has her faith. She has her personal relationship with God. And she has one day at a time - one wonderful day at a time - to partner with God in bringing hope and love into the world. Mary has what each one of us has - faith, prayer and time. Plus, she has the presence of her beautiful son, who is also residing within us.

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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