Sunday, March 18, 2018

Country Chapel Service...Sunday March 18, 2018 (Today with Christian Church Songs)

               Welcome to the
      "Country Chapel"
        Sunday Service
               

               March 18, 2018
      "The Fifth Sunday
                of Lent"
       "Spring Cleaning"






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Today's Verse:

           ( Galatians 3:13 )

Law or Faith 

      But by becoming a curse for us Christ has redeemed us from the curse that the Law brings; for the scripture says, "Anyone who is hanged on a tree is under God's curse."


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:

            ( Jeremiah 31:31-34 )

The Future Prosperity of God's People

      The Lord says, "The time is coming when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. It will not be like the old covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and led them out of Egypt. Although I was like a husband to them, they did not keep that covenant. The new covenant that I will make with the people of Israel will be this; I will put my law within them and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. None of them will have to teach a neighbor to know the Lord, because all will know me, from the least to the greatest. I will forgive their sins and I will no longer remember their wrongs. I, the Lord, have spoken."

Alternate 1st Reading:

              ( Psalm 51:3-4, 12-15 )

A Prayer for Forgiveness

      I recognize my faults; I am always conscious of my sins. I have sinned against you - only against you - and done what you consider evil. So you are right in judging me; you are justified in condemn-ing me.
      Give me again the joy that comes from your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. Then I will teach sinners your com-mands and they will turn back to you.
      Spare my life, O God, and save me, and will gladly proclaim your righteousness. Help me to speak, Lord, and I will praise you.

 

The 2nd Reading:

            ( Hebrews 5:7-9 )

Jesus the Great High Priest 

      In his life on earth Jesus made his prayers and requests with loud cries and tears to God, who could save him from death. be-cause he was humble and devoted, God heard him. But even though he was God's Son, he learned through his sufferings to be obedient. When he was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salva-tion for all those who obey him.




Today's Gospel According to:

               ( John 12:20-33 )

Some Greeks Seek Jesus 

      Some Greeks were among those who had gone to Jerusalem to worship during the festival. They went to Philip (he was from Bethsaida in Galilee) and said, "Sir, we want to see Jesus."
      Philip went and told Andrew, and the two of them went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, "The hour has now come for the Son of Man to receive great glory. I am telling you the truth; a grain of wheat remains no more than a single grain unless it is dropped into the ground and dies. If it does die, then it produces many grains. Those who love their own life will lose it; those who hate their own life in this world will keep it for life eternal. Whoever wants toath serve me must follow me, so that my servant will be with me where I am. And my Father will honor anyone who serves me."

Jesus Speaks About His Death

      "Now my heart is troubled - and what shall I say? 'Father, do not let this hour come upon me'? But that is why I came - so that I might go through this hour of suffering. Father bring glory to your name!"
      Then a voice spoke from heaven, "I have brought glory to it, and I will do so again."
      The crowd standing there heard the voice, and said it was thunder, while others said, "An angel spoke to him!"
      But Jesus said to them, "It was not for my sake that this voice spoke, but for yours. Now is the time for this world to be judged; now the ruler of this world will be overthrown. When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to me." (In saying this he indi-cated the kind of death he was going to suffer.)


This is the word of the Lord



An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Patricia Livingston )

      Psalm 51 is one of seven penitential psalms and is often known in Lent as the Miserere, the opening word of the psalm in ancient Latin translation meaning, "Have mercy on me."
      Asking for mercy can mean asking for our sins, deliberate im-moral acts, to be forgiven. Mercy also means love expressed in tan-gible ways. Our plea could be for God to help us with other kinds of messes in our lives. Maybe we ask for God to create a clean heart in us by renewing in us God's own steadfast spirit to clean out the hoarded resentments and judgemental score-keeping, to sweep out the poisoning bitterness, to put the self-righteous negativity accumulated in our polarized world out with the trash.
      Beloved God, I have such a hard time doing this work on my own. In these last days of Lent, I want to open my windows and doors to this cleaning. With your steadfast spirit renewed, my heart will have room for Easter joy. 

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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