Monday, December 25, 2017

Special Country Chapel Service - Christmas Day - December 25, 2017 Today with Traditional Christmas Hymns)

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      "Country Chapel"
     Christmas Service"
       

              December 25, 2017
           The Nativity
          Of The Lord









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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:

           ( Isaiah 52:7-10 )

God Will Rescue Jerusalem

      How wonderful it is to see a messenger coming across the mountains, bringing good news, the news of peace! He announces victory and says to Zion, "Your God is king!" Those who guard the city are shouting, shouting together for joy. They can see with their own eyes the return of the Lord to Zion. Break into shouts of joy, you ruins of Jerusalem! The Lord will rescue his city and comfort his people. The Lord will use his holy power; he will save his people, and all the world will see it.

Alternate 1st Reading:

             ( Psalm 98:1-6 )

God the Ruler of the World

      Sing a new song to the Lord; he has done wonderful things! By his own power and holy strength he has won the victory; he made his saving power known to the nations. He kept his promice to the people of Israel with loyalty and constant love for them. All people everywhere have seen the victory of our God.
      Sing for joy to the Lord, all the earth; praise him with songs and shouts of joy! Sing praises to the Lord! Play music on the harps! Blow trumpets and horns, and shout for joy to the Lord, our king.

 

The 2nd Reading:

            ( Hebrews 1:1-6 )

God's Word through His Son

      In the past God spoke to our ancestors many times and in many ways through the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us through his Son. He is the one through whom God created the universe, the one whom God has chosen to possess all things at the end. He reflects the brightness of God's glory and is the exact likeness of God's own being, sustaining the universe with his pow-erful word. After achieving forgiveness for the sins of all human beings, he sat down in heaven at the right side of God, the Supreme Power.

The Greatness of God's Son

      The Son was made greater than the angels, just as the name that God gave him is greater than theirs. For God never said to any of his angels, "You are my Son; today I have become your Father." Nor did God say about any angel, "I will be his Father and he will be my Son." But when God was about to send his first-born Son into the world he said, "All of God's angels must worship him."




Today's Gospel According to:

               ( John 1:1-18 )

The Word of Life

      In the beginning the Word already existed; the Word was with God, and the Word was God. From the very beginning the Word was with God. Through him God made all things; not one thing in all creation was made without him. The Word was the source of life, and this life brought light to people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out.
      God sent his messenger, a man named John, who came to tell people about the light, so that all could hear the message and be-lieve. He himself was not the light; he came to tell about the light. This was the real light - the light that comes into the world and shines on all people. 
      The Word was in the world, and though God made the world through him, yet the world did not recognize him. He came to his own country, but his own people did not receive him. Some, how-ever, did receive him and believed in him; so he gave them the right to become God's children. They did not become God's children by natural means, that is, by being born as the children of a human father; God himself was their Father.
      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.
      John spoke about him. He cried out, "This is the one I was talking about when I said, 'He comes after me, but he is greater than I am, because he existed before I was born.' "
      Out of the fullness of his grace he has blessed us all, giving one blessing after another. God gave the Law through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. The only Son, who is the same as God and is at the Father's side, he has made him known.


This is the word of the Lord


An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti )

      There is something special in the air at Christmas. What is it we feel in this season that is so appealing?Childhood wonder and fam-ily gatherings? Yes, but there is more.
      Beyond the lights and celebrations, the same mystery of Bethle-hem is here. God's coming is no less palpable today than it was at the manger. We are the Magi standing before the crib in awe.
      On Christmas Day, let us sit for a moment in silence - listening. In the stillness of our hearts, may the newborn child come.
      Heavenly Father, I sit in silence and open my heart to you. May the Word Made Flesh be born in me today.

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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