Sunday, January 28, 2018

Country Chapel Service...Sunday January 28, 2018 (Today with Contemperary Church Songs)

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                Welcome to the
      "Country Chapel"
        Sunday Service
               

               January 28, 2018
     "The Fourth Sunday
       in Ordinary Time"
       "Hearing Voices"






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"Country Chapel Service"
on "Ash Wednesday" February 14th 

Today's Verse:

            ( Colossians 1:27 )

Paul's Work as a Servant of the Church

      God's plan is to make known his secret to his people, this rich and glorious secret which he has for all peoples. And the secret is that Christ is in you, which means that you will share in the glory of God,

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:

             ( Deuteronomy 18:15-20 )

The Promise to Send a Prophet

      Instead, he will send you a prophet like me from among your own people, and you are to obey him.
      "On the day that you were gathered at Mount Sinai, you begged not to hear the Lord speak again or to see his fiery presence any more, because you were afraid you would die. So the Lord said to me, 'They have made a wise request. I will send them a prophet like you from among their own people; I will tell him what to say and he will tell the people everything I command. He will speak in my name, and I will punish anyone who refuses to obey him. But if any prophet dares to speak a message in my name when I did not com-mand him to do so, he must die for it, and so must any prophet who speaks in the name of other gods.

Alternate 1st Reading:

                ( Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9 )

Song of Praise

      Come, let us praise the Lord! Let us sing for joy to God, who protects us! Let us come before him with thanksgiving and sing joyful songs of praise.
      Come, let us bow down and worship him; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! He is our God; and we are the people he cares for, the flock for which he provides.
      Listen today to what he says: "Don't be stubborn, as your ancestors were at Meribah, as they were that day in the desert at Massah. There they put me to the test and tried me, although they had seen what I did for them.

 

The 2nd Reading:

             ( 1 Corinthians 7:32-35 )

Questions about the Unmarried
and the Widows

      I would like you to be free from worry. An unmarried man con-cerns himself with the Lord's work, because he is trying to please the Lord. But a married man concerns himself with worldly mat-ters, because he wants to please his wife; and so he is pulled in two directions. An unmarried woman or a virgin concerns herself with the Lord's work, because she wants to be dedicated both in body and spirit; but a married woman concerns herself with worldly mat-ters, because she wants to please her husband.
      I am saying this because I want to help you. I am not trying to put restrictions on you. Instead, I want you to do what is right and proper, and to give yourselves completely to the Lord' service with-out any reservation.


       
Today's Gospel According to:

              ( Mark 1:21-28 )

A Man with an Evil Spirit

      Jesus and his disciples came to the town of Capernaum, and on the Sabbath Jesus went to the synagogue and began to teach. The people who heard him were amazed at the way he taught, for he wasn't like the teachers of the Law; instead, he taught with au-thority.
      Just then a man with an evil spirit came into the synagogue and screamed, "What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Are you here to destroy us? I know who you are - you are God's holy mes-senger!" 
      Jesus ordered the spirit, "Be quiet, and come out of the man!"
      The evil spirit shook the man hard, gave a loud scream, and came out of him. The people were all so amazed that they started saying to one another, "What is this? Is it some kind of new teaching? This man has authority to give orders to the evil spirits and they obey him!"
      And so the news about Jesus spread quickly everywhere in the province of Galilee.

This is the word of the Lord


An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Mary Marrocco )

      We don't always want to hear the prophetic voice, which is God's word spoken by a human person. Must difficult of all, as Jesus himself observed, is to accept such a word from someone we know well. Since my father's death, I often find myself recalling one thing or another that he said to me, which i didn't understand or pay much attention to then. Now, hearing his voice from within, I realize he was giving me a word that I needed: a kind and loving word.
      The Hebrew prophets, whose words often went unheeded, were speaking to their own kindred. So, too, we easily reject the voice of our brother, Jesus, in all the ways that he speaks to us. But the psalmist reminds us that we always can hear his voice. We may be surprised to discover how well we know his voice and how full of loving kindness it is.
      Oh, that today I would listen to your voice, my God.


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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