Sunday, April 8, 2018

Country Chapel Service...Sunday April 8, 2018 - (Today with Traditional Easter Hymns)

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      "Country Chapel"
        Sunday Service
              
                   April 8, 2018
    2nd Sunday of Easter
     Divine Mercy Sunday
   Transforming Suffering
      





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Today's Verse:

             ( John 3:36 )

He Who Comes from Heaven

      Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever disobeys the Son will not have life, but will remain under God's punishment.

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 4:32-35 )

The Believers Share Their Possessions

      The group of believers was one in mind and heart. None of them said that any of their belongings were their own, but they all shared with one another everything they had. With great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God poured rich blessings on them all. There was no one in the group who was in need. Those who owned fields or houses would sell them, bring the money received from the sale, and turn it over to the apostles; and the money was distributed according to the needs of the people.

Alternate 1st Reading:

          ( Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 )

A Prayer of Thanks for Victory

      Let the people of Israel say, "His love is eternal." Let the priests of God say, "His love is eternal." Let all who worship him say, "His love is eternal."
      I was fiercely attacked and was being defeated, but the Lord helped me. The Lord makes me powerful and strong; he saves me.
      Listen to the glad shouts of victory in the tents of God's people: "The Lord's mighty power has done it!"
      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! This is the day of the Lord's victory; let us be happy, let us celebrate!
 
The 2nd Reading:

                ( 1 John 5:1-6 )

Our Victory over the World 

      Whoever believes that Jesus is the Messiah is a child of God; and whoever loves a father loves his child also. This is how we know that we love God's children: it is by loving God and obeying his commands. For our love for God means that we obey his com-mands. And his commands are not to hard for us, because every child of God is able to defeat the world. And we win the victory over the world by means of our faith. Who can defeat the world? Only the person who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

The Witness about Jesus Christ

      Jesus Christ is the one who came with the water of his baptism and the blood of his death. He came not only with water, but with both the water and the blood. And the Spirit himself testifies that this is true, because the Spirit is truth.

   
Today's Gospel According to:

             ( John 20:19-31 )

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

      It was late Sunday evening, and the disciples were gathered to-gether behind locked doors, because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities. Then Jesus came and stood among them. "Peace be with you," he said. After saying this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy at seeing the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so I send you." Then he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive people's sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven."

Jesus and Thomas

      One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (called the twin), was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord!"
      Thomas said to them, "Unless I see the scars of the nails in his hands and put my finger on those scars and put my hand in his side, I will not believe."
      A weak later the disciples were together again indoors, and Thomas was with them. The doors were locked, but Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and look at my hands; Then reach out your hand and put it in my side. Stop your doubting and believe!"
      Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!"
      Jesus said to him, "Do you believe because you have seen me? How happy are those who believe without seeing me."

The Purpose of This Book

      In his disciples' presence Jesus performed mant other miracles which are not written down in this book. But these have been writ-ten in order that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through your faith in him you may have life.

This is the word of the Lord



An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Mark Neilsen )

      The "stone"is usually understood to stand for Jesus, the "builders," the Jewish leaders of his day. But what about our own lives? Are there people, things or events that we judge to be too unstable to build on? Even if that meant building something good and powerful and enduring?
      The cross itself, the means of a horrible execution, was some-thing all sensible people would reject. St. Peter himself tried to steer Jesus away from that path. We naturally reject what appears as useless suffering. God, it often turns out, has something else in mind.
      Let's not too quickly dismiss suffering - even brought on by riots, terrorism, earthquakes and the like - as pointless. Let us pray, rather, trust that our merciful God can make something wonderful, even out of our most desperate circumstances.
      Lord, open my heart to your loving care.

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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