Sunday, April 1, 2018

Country Chapel Service...Sunday April 1, 2018 (Easter Sunday) - (Today with Traditional Easter Hymns)

 
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      "Country Chapel"
        Sunday Service
              
                   April 1, 2018
       "Easter Sunday"
   Resurrection of the Lord
      "Eternal Victory"
      





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Today's Verse:

            ( Luke 19:38 )

The Triumphant Approach to Jerusalem

      "God bless the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory to 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:

               ( Acts 10:34, 37-43 )

Peter's Speech

      Peter began to speak: "I now realize that it is true that God treats everyone on the same basis.
      You know of the great event that took place throughout the land of Israel, beginning in Galilee after John preached his message of baptism. You know about Jesus of Nazareth and how God poured out on him the Holy Spirit and power. He went everywhere, doing good and healing all who were under the power of the Devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses of everything that he did in the land of Israel and in Jerusalem. Then they put him to death by nailing him to a cross. But God raised him from death three days later and caused him to appear, not to everyone, but only to the witnesses that God had already chosen, that is, to us who ate and drank with him after he rose from death. And he commanded us to preach the gospel to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God has appointed judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets spoke about him, saying that all who believe in him will have their sins forgiven through the power of his name."

Alternate 1st Reading:

             ( Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23 )

A Prayer of Thanks for Victory

      Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good and his love is eternal. Let the people of Israel say, "His love is eternal."
      "His power has brought us victory - his mighty power in bat-tle!"
      "I will not die; instead, I will live and proclaim what the Lord has done."
      The stone which the builders rejected as worthless turned out to be the most important of all. This was done by the Lord; what a wonderful sight it is!
 

The 2nd Reading:

              ( Colossians 3:1-4 )

Dying and Living with Christ

      You have been raised to life with Christ, so set your hearts on the things that are in heaven, where Christ sits on his throne at the right side of God. Keep your minds fixed on things there, not on things here on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Your real life is Christ and when he appears, then you too will appear with him and share his glory!
OR



( 1 Corinthians 5:6-8 )

Immortality in the Church

       It is not right for you to be proud! You know the saying, "A little bit of yeast makes the whole batch of dough rise." You must remove the old yeast of sin so that you will be entirely pure. Then you will be like a new batch of dough without any yeast, as indeed I know you actually are. For our Passover Festival is ready, now that Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Let us cele-brate our Passover, then, not with bread having the old yeast of sin and wickedness, but with the bread that has no yeast, the bread of purity and truth.


Today's Gospel According to:
              ( John 20:1-9 )

The Empty Tomb

       Early on Sunday morning while it was still dark, Mary Magda-lene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been taken away from the entrance. She went running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and told them, "They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don't know where they have put him!"

       Then Peter and the other disciple went to the tomb. The two of them were running, but the other disciple was faster than Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and saw the linen cloths, but he did not go in. Behind him came Simon Peter, and he went straight into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there and the cloth which had been around Jesus' head. It was not lying with the linen cloths but was rolled up by itself. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in; he saw and believed. (They still not understand the scripture which said that he must rise from death.)

This is the word of the Lord



An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Fr. James McKarns )

      The apostles lived with Jesus for years and had heard his nu-merous explanations about his mission and teachings. On at least three occasions, Jesus personally informed his disciples he would die and rise again. But when they encountered the empty tomb, where Jesus had been buried, they did not yet grasp the reality of the resurrection. Today, on this Easter Sunday, with 2,000 years of resurrection theology woven into our religious teachings, we still are unable to fully understand this tremendous resurrection event. Jesus had raised the dead like the widow's son and also his friend, Lazarus, but in the case of Jesus himself, we need to note the differ-ence between resurrection and restoration. Lazarus was restored to his former life, to die again, but in resurrection, Jesus rose to a new and glorified life - never more to die. We share our Easter joy with the victory of Jesus, a promise of eternal life - our precious heritage.

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:



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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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