Sunday, March 11, 2018

Country Chapel Service...Sunday March 11, 2018 (Today with Christian Songs)




                Welcome to the
      "Country Chapel"
        Sunday Service
               

               March 11, 2018
      "The Fourth Sunday
               of Lent"
   "Not Hiding in the Dark"








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Today's Verse:


             ( Matthew 5:7 )

True Happiness

      "Happy are those who work for peace; God will call them his children!"

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 Chronicles 16:14-16, 19-23 )

A Song of Praise

      The Lord is our God; his commands are for all the world. Never forget God's covenant, which he made to last forever, the covenant he made with Abraham, the promise he made to Isaac.
      God's people were few in number, strangers in the land of Canaan. They wandered from country to country, from one king-dom to another. But God let no one oppress them; to protect them, he warned the kings: "Don't harm my chosen servants; do not touch my prophets." 
      Sing to the Lord, all the world! Proclaim every day the good news that he has saved us.

Alternate 1st Reading:

              ( Psalm 137:1-6 )

A Lament of Israelites in Exile

      By the rivers of Babylon we sat down; there we wept when we remembered Zion. On the willows near by we hung up our harps. Those who captured us told us to sing; they told us to entertain them: "Sing us a song about Zion."
      How can we sing a song to the Lord in a foreign land? May I never be able to play the harp again if I forget you, Jerusalem! Mat I never be able to sing again if I do not remember you, if I do not think of you as my greatest joy!

 

The 2nd Reading:

                ( Ephesians 2:4-10 )

From Death to Life

      But God's mercy is so abundant, and his love for us is so great, that while we were spiritually dead in our disobedience he brought us to life with Christ. It is by God's grace that you have been saved. In our union with Christ Jesus he raised us up with him to rule with him in the heavenly world. He did this to demonstrate for all time to come the extraordinary greatness of his grace in the love he showed us in Christ Jesus. For it is by God's grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God's gift, so that no one can boast about it. God has made us what we are, and in our union with Christ Jesus he has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do.







Today's Gospel According to:



              ( John 3: 14-21 )



Jesus and Nicodemus



As Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the desert, in the same way the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to be its judge, but to be its savior.

Those who believe in the Son are not judged; but those who do not believe have already been judged, because they have not be-lieved in God's only Son. This is how the judgement works: the light has come into the world, but people love the darkness rather than the light, because their deeds are evil. Those who do evil things hate the light and will not come to the light, because they do not want their evil deeds to be shown up. But those who do what is true come to the light in order that the light may show that what they did was in obedience to God.
 
This is the word of the Lord



An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Terence Hegarty )

      Years ago, I knew someone who was living in an apartment building that had a problem with uninvited guests - cockroaches. If you flipped on the light in the darkened kitchen, you'd just catch a glimpse of the speedy insects scattering for the still-darkened spaces under the cabinets. They were afraid of the light and felt comfortable and safe in the dark.
      When we have sinned, we tend to think that denying it will make us feel better - we think we'll feel comfortable in the dark. We don't want to be reminded, don't want to go to church, don't want to acknowledge our sins. So we skitter away from the light.
      Living the truth doesn't mean denying that we sin. We all sin. But when we are contrite, God's light - a warm, loving, peaceful, joyful light that penetrates our soul - awaits us. It is where we are meant to be. It is where God desires us to be.

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:


If you have a "challenge" going on in your life and would like the prayers here at "Country Chapel Service" directed toward your "challenge", contact me, your administrator, at my private e-mail Raider5854@gmail.com so we can get all the followers praying on your behalf. Also, if you have a contribution you'd like to have posted, like the one below, we encourage you to send it to us. 
May God Bless Us All 
 
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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