Sunday, April 15, 2018

Country Chapel Service...Sunday April 15, 2018 - (Today with Traditional Easter Hymns)

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                Welcome to the
      "Country Chapel"
        Sunday Service
              
                   April 15, 2018
            3rd Sunday
              of Easter
      Being Open to Joy
      





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Today's Verse:

             ( Matthew 5:9 )

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:

             ( Acts 3:13-15, 17-19 )

Peter's Message in the Temple

      "The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our ances-tors, has given divine glory to his Servant Jesus. But you handed him over to the authorities, and you rejected him in Pilate's pres-ence, even after Pilate had decided to set him free. He was holy and good, but you rejected him, and instead you asked Pilate to do you a favor of turning loose a murderer. You killed the one who leads to life, but God raised him from death - and we are witnesses to this."
      "And now, my friends, I know that what you and your leaders did to Jesus was due to your ignorance. God announced long ago through the prophets that his Messiah had to suffer; and he made it come true in this way. Repent, then, and turn to God, so that He will forgive your sins."

Alternate 1st Reading:

             ( Psalm 4:2, 4, 7-9 ) 

Evening Prayer for Help

      How long will you people insult me? How long will you love what is worthless and go after what is false?
      Tremble with fear and stop sinning; think deeply about this, when you lie in silence on your beds.
      But the joy you have given me is more than they will ever have with their grain and wine.
      When I lie down, I go to sleep in peace; you alone, O Lord, keep me perfectly safe.
 
The 2nd Reading:

              ( 1 John 2:1-5 )

Christ Our Helper

      I am writing this to you, my children, so that you will not sin; but if anyone does sin, we have someone who pleads with the Father on our behalf - Jesus Christ, the righteous one. And Christ himself is the means by which our sins are forgiven, and not our sins only, but also the sins of everyone.
      If we obey God's commands, then we are sure that we know Him. If we say that we know Him, but do not obey His commands, we are liars and there is no truth in us. But if we obey His word, we are the ones whose love for God has really been made perfect. This is how we can be sure that we are in union with God.


       
Today's Gospel According to:

            ( Luke 24:35-48 )

The Walk to Emmaus

      The two then explained to them what had happened on the road, and how they recognized the Lord when He broke the bread.

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

      While the two were telling them this, suddenly the Lord himself stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you."
      They were terrified, thinking they were seeing a ghost. But he said to them, "Why are you alarmed? Why are these doubts coming up in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet, and see that it is I myself. Feel me, and you will know, for a ghost doesn't have flesh and bones, as you can see I have."
      He said this and showed them His hands and His feet. They still could not believe, they were so full of joy and wondered; so He asked them, "Do you have anything here to eat?" They gave Him a piece of cooked fish, which He took and ate in their presence.
      Then He said to them, "These are the very things I told you about while I was still with you: everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the writings of the prophets, and the Psalms had to come true."
       Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, "This is what is written; the Messiah must suffer and must rise from death three days later, and in his name the message about repentance and the forgiveness of sins must be preached to all nations, beginning in Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things."



This is the word of the Lord


An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Amy Welborn )

      The garage doors had been inoperable for months, mostly be-cause I was convinced it would be an expensive repair. A handy-man, here on another job, snapped a part into place, pushed a but-ton - done.
      I was both joyful and shamed because of the easy fix. I was elated at the simplicity and zero cost, but a little embarrassed that I didn't understand that the situation wasn't that complicated after all.
      I think about the distance between my own weakness and God's promises. It seems like a pretty big space. But during the Easter season, I'm reminded that the bridging gap might not be as fraught with problems as I'm tempted to imagine. I hear Jesus' words, and yes, I'm a little abashed about what I've been blind to, what I've resisted. But more importantly, I'm filled with joy, assured of his presence.
      Risen Lord, in you I find peace.

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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