Sunday, April 22, 2018

Country Chapel Service...Sunday April 22, 2018 - (Today with Traditional Easter Hymns)

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                Welcome to the
      "Country Chapel"
        Sunday Service
              
                   April 22, 2018
            4th Sunday
              of Easter
            "Jesus the
     'Good Shepherd' "
      




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Today's Verse:

                ( James 4:2 )

Friendship with the World

      You can want things, but you cannot have them, so you are ready to kill; you strongly desire thins, but you cannot have them, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have what you want because you do not ask God for it.

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 4:8-12 )

Peter and John before the Council

      Peter, full of the Holy Spirit, answered them, "Leaders of the people and elders: if we are being questioned today about the good deed done to the lame man and how he was healed, then you should all know, and all the people of Israel should know, that this man here stands here before you completely well through the power of the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth - whom you crucified and whom God raised from death. Jesus is the one of whom the scrip-ture says,
'The stone that you the builders despised turned out 
to be the most important of all.'
      Salvation is to be found through him alone; in all the world there is no one else whom God has given who can save us."

Alternate 1st Reading:

            ( Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28-29 )

A Prayer of Thanks for Victory 

      Give thanks to the Lord, because He is good, and His love is eternal.
      It is better to trust in the Lord than to depend on people. It is better to depend on the Lord than to depend on human leaders.
      I praise you, Lord, because you heard me, because you have given me victory.
      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 site it is!
      May God bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord! From the Temple of the Lord we bless you.
      You are my God, and I give you thanks; I proclaim your greatness. Give thanks to the Lord, because He is good, and His love is eternal.

     

The 2nd Reading:

                ( 1 John 3:1-2 )

Children of God 

      See how much the Father has loved us! His love is so great that we are called God's children - and so, in fact, we are. This is why the world does not know us: it has not known God. My dear friends, we are now God's children, but it is not yet clear what we shall become. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He really is.



Today's Gospel According to:

              ( John 10:11-18 )

Jesus the Good Shepherd 

      "I am the good shepherd, who is willing to die for the sheep. When the hired man, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees a wolf coming, he leaves the sheep and runs away; so the wolf snatches the sheep and scatters them. The hired man runs away because he is only a hired man and does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd. As the Father knows me and I know the Father, in the same way I know my sheep and they know me. And I am willing to die for them. There are other sheep which be-long to me that are not in the sheep pen. I must bring them, too; they will listen to my voice, and they will become one flock with one shepherd."
      "The Father loves me because I am willing to give up my life, in order that I may receive it back again. No one takes my life away from me. I give it up of my own free will. I have the right to give it up, and I have the right to take it back. This is what my Father has commanded me to do."

 
This is the word of the Lord


An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Fr.Martin Pable, O.F.M. Cap. )

      In today's gospel, Jesus tells us that He is the shepherd who cares for His sheep, Essentially, He's saying, "I won't run out on them when danger or problems arise. I will even give up my life for them." Isn't that something all of us need to hear? Relationships nowadays seem so fragile, so unstable. But Jesus says He is com-mitted to us. He will not walk away when the going gets tough.
      Jesus says He knows His sheep. He knows our health problems, our hurt feelings, our painful memories, our worries. He not only knows all that, but He also promises to guide us through it.
      But more than that, Jesus empowers us - to continue what he began in this world. The apostles who ran away in fear during Jesus' passion are now speaking boldly about Him and healing in His name. We probably cannot work great healings, but we can listen to others with the heart of Christ; we can speak words of en-couragement in His name.

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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