Sunday, December 31, 2017

Country Chapel Service...Sunday December 31, 2017 (Today with Traditional Church Songs & Extra Readings from the Bible) - REVISED

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                Welcome to the
      "Country Chapel"
        Sunday Service
               

              December 31, 2017
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Today's Verse:

                 ( Psalm 86:11 )

A Prayer for Help

      Teach me, Lord, what you want me to do, and I will obey you faithfully; teach me to serve you with complete devotion.

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:  #1
(Special this week there are 2 First Readings)

                 ( Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14 )
                 ( From the Books of Deuterocanicals/Apocrypha )
                 (Might not be in the King James Bible)

Duties to Parents

      For the Lord has given fathers authority over their children and given children the obligation to obey their mothers. If you respect your father, you can make up for your sins, and if you honor your mother, you are earning great wealth. If you respect your father, one day your own children will make you happy; the Lord will hear your prayers. If you obey the Lord by honoring your father and making your mother happy, you will live a long life.
      My child, take care of your father when he grows old; give him no cause for worry as long as he lives. Be sympathetic even if his mind fails him; don't look down on him just because you ae strong and healthy. The Lord will not forget the kindness you show to your father; it will help you make up for your sins.

OR

The 1st Reading:  #2
(Special this week there are 2 First Readings)
                 ( Genesis 15:1-6; 21:1-3 )
God's Covenant with Abram
      After this, Abram had a vision and heard the Lord say to him, "Do not be afraid, Abram. I will shield you from danger and give you a great reward."
      But Abram answered, "Sovereign Lord, what good will your reward do me, since I have no children? My only heir is Eliezer of Damascus. You have given me no children, and one of my slaves will inherit my property."
      Then he heard the Lord speaking to him again: "This slave Elie-zer will not inherit your property; your own son will be your heir." The Lord took him outside and said, "Look at the sky and try to count the stars; you will have as many descendants as that."
      Abram put his trust in the Lord, and because of this the Lord was pleased with him and accepted him.
The Birth of Isaac
      The Lord blessed Sarah, as he had promised, and she became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham when he was old. The boy was born at the time God had said he would be born. Abraham named him Isaac.


Alternate 1st Reading:
              ( Psalm 105:1-6, 8-9 )
God and His People
      Give thanks to the Lord, proclaim his greatness; tell the nations what he has done. Sing praise to the Lord; tell the wonderful things he has done. Be glad that we belong to him; let all who worship him rejoice. Go to the Lord for help; and worship him continually. You descendants of David, his servant; you descendants of Jacob, the man he chose: remember the miracles that God performed and the judgements that he gave.
      He will keep his covenant forever, his promises for a thousand generations. He will keep the agreement he made with Abraham and his promise to Isaac.

The 2nd Reading: #1

                ( Colossians 3:12-21 )

The Old Life and the New

      You are the people of God; he loved you and chose you for his own. So then, you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kind-ness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Be tolerant with one an-other and forgive one another whenever any of you has a complaint against someone else.You must forgive one another just as the Lord has forgiven you. And to all these qualities add love, which binds all things together in perfect unity. The peace that Christ gives is to guide you in the decisions you make; for it is to this peace that God has called you together in the one body. And be thankful. Christ's message in all its richness must live in your hearts. Teach and in-struct one another with all wisdom. Sings psalms, hymns, and sa-cred songs; sing to God with thanksgiving in your hearts. Every-thing you do or say, then, should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, as you give thanks through him to God the Father.

Personal Relations in the New Life

      Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, for that is what you should do as Christians. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. Children, it is your Christian duty to obey your parents always, for that is what pleases God. Parents, do not irri-tate your children, or they will become discouraged.

OR

 The 2nd Reading: #2

                ( Hebrews 11:8, 11-12, 17-19 )

Faith

      It was faith that made Abraham obey when God called him to go out to a country which God had promised to give him. He left his own country without knowing where he was going.
      It was faith that made Abraham able to become a father, even though he was to old and Sarah herself could not have children. He trusted in God to keep his promise. Although Abraham was practically dead, from this one man came as many descendants as there are stars in the sky, as many as the numberless grains of sand on the seashore.
      It was faith that made Abraham offer his son Isaac as a sacri-fice when God put Abraham to the test. Abraham was the one to whom God had made the promise, yet he was ready to offer his only son as a sacrifice. God had said to him, "It is through Isaac that you will have the descendants I promised." Abraham reckoned that God was able to raise Isaac from death - and, so to speak, Abra-ham did receive Isaac back from death.



Today's Gospel According to:

               ( Luke 2:22-40 )

Jesus is Presented in the Temple

        The time came for Joseph and Mary to perform the ceremony of purification, as the Law of Moses commanded. So they took the child to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, as it is written in the law of the Lord: "Every first born male is to be dedicated to the Lord." They also went to offer a sacrifice of a pair of doves or two young pigeons, as required by the law of the Lord.
      At that time there was a man named Simeon living in Jerusa-lem. He was a good, God-fearing man and was waiting for Israel to be saved. The Holy Spirit was with him and had assured him that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's promised Messiah. Led by the Spirit, Simeon went into the Temple. When the parents brought the child Jesus into the Temple to do for him what the law required, Simeon took the child in his arms and gave thanks to God:
      "Now, Lord, you have kept your promise, and you may let your servant go in peace. With my own eyes I have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples: A light to reveal your will to the Gentiles and to bring glory to your people Israel."
      The child's mother and father were amazed at the things Simeon said about him. Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother, "This child is chosen by God for the destruction and the salvation of many in Israel. He will be a sign from God which many people will speak against and so reveal their secret thoughts. And sorrow, like a sharp sword, will break your own heart."
      There was a very old prophet, a woman named Anna, daughter of Phanuel of the tribe of Asher. She had been married for only seven years and was now eighty-four years old. She never left the Temple; day and night she worshiped God, fasting and praying. That very same hour she arrived and gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were waiting for God to set Jerusalem free.
The Return to Nazareth

      When Joseph and Mary had finished doing all that was requir-ed by the Law of the Lord, they returned to their hometown of Naz-areth in Galilee. The child grew and became strong; he was full of wisdom, and God's blessings were upon him.


This is the word of the Lord


An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Deborah A. Meister )

      We stand on the threshold of a new calendar year. Before taking a step into tomorrow, let's remember to bless this past year for all of our experiences - all we found and all we lost. The change we see tomorrow will only be the date on the calendar unless we let go of what weighs us down today. When Christ's peace controls our hearts, there is no room for regret, grudges or ill will. The body of Christ has one heart, and it speaks with love, embraces God's creation (including self) and guards against division.
      When we have difficulty accepting and forgiving someone, I pray, "Loving God, bless__________, who challenges me the most, and change me." I am grateful for God's patience and grace in hear-ing this repeated prayer. Let go of anything weighing you down and step across the threshold of this New Year with open arms.

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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