Sunday, May 20, 2018

Country Chapel Service...Sunday May 20, 2018 - (Today with Traditional Hymns) "Pentecost"

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                Welcome to the
      "Country Chapel"
        Sunday Service
              
                     May 20, 2018
        Pentecost Sunday
      "Throwing Caution
           to the Wind"
      




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Today's Verse:

               ( 1 Thessalonians 4:1 )

A Life That Pleases God 

      Finally, our friends, you learned from us how you should live in order to please God. This is, of course, the way you have been living. and now we beg and urge you in the name of our Lord Jesus to do even more.

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 2:1-11 )

The Coming of the Holy Spirit

      When the day of Pentecost came, all the believers were gath-ered together in one place. Suddenly there was a noise from the sky which sounded like a strong wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire which spread out and touched each person there. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to talk in other languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak.
      There were Jews living in Jerusalem, religious people who had come from every country in the world. When they heard this noise, a large crowd gathered. They were all excited, because all of them heard the believers talking in their own languages. In amazement and wonder they exclaimed, "These people who are talking like this are Galileans! How is it, then, that all of us hear them speaking in our own native languages? We are from Parthia, Media, and Elam; from Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia; from Pontus and Asia, from Phrygia and Pamphylia, from Egypt and the regions of Libia near Cyrene. Some of us are from Rome, both Jews and Gentiles converted to Judaism, and some of us are from Crete and Arabia - yet all of us hear them speaking in our own languages about the great things that God has done!"

Alternate 1st Reading:

            ( Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34 )

In Praise of the Creator

      Praise the Lord, my soul! O Lord, my God, how great you are! You are clothed with majesty and glory.
      Lord, you have made so many things! How wisely you made them all! The earth is filled with your creatures.
      When you turn away, they are afraid; when you take away your breath, they die and go back to dust from which they came. But when you give them breath, they are created; you give new life to the earth.
      May the glory of the Lord last forever! May the Lord be happy with what he has made!
      May He be pleased with my song, for my gladness comes from Him.
 

The 2nd Reading:

             ( Galatians 5:16-25 )

The Spirit and Human Nature

      What I say is this: let the Spirit direct your lives and you will not satisfy the desires of the human nature. For what your human nature wants is opposed to what the Spirit wants, and what the Spirit wants is opposed to what our human nature wants. These two are enemies, and this means that you cannot do what you want to do. If the Spirit leads you, then you are not subject to the Law.
      What human nature does is quite plain. It shows itself in immoral, filthy, and indecent actions; in worship of idols and witchcraft. People become enemies and they fight; they become jealous, angry, and ambitious. They separate into parties and groups; they are envious, get drunk, have orgies, and do other thing like these. I warn you now as I have before: those who do these things will not possess the Kingdom of God.
      But the Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control. There is no law against such things as these. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have put to death their human nature with all its passions and desires. The Spirit has given us life; He must also control our lives.

OR  

( 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13 )

Gifts from the Holy Spirit

      I want you to know that no one who is led by God's Spirit can say "A curse on Jesus!" and no one can confess "Jesus is Lord," without being guided by the Holy Spirit.
      There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit gives them. There are different ways of serving, but the same Lord is served. There are different abilities to perform service, but the same God gives ability to all for their particular service. The Spirit's presence is shown in some way in each person for the good of all.

One Body with Many Parts

      Christ is like a single body, which has many parts; it is still one body, even though it is made up of different parts. In the same way, all of us, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether slaves or free, have been baptized into the one body by the same Spirit, and we have all been given the one Spirit to drink.



Today's Gospel According to:


            ( John 15:26-27; 16:12-15 or 20:19-23 )


The World's Hatred


"The Helper will come - the Spirit, who reveals the truth about God and who comes from the Father. I will send Him to you from the Father, and He will speak about me. And you, too, will speak about me, because you have been with me from the very beginning.


( John 16:12-15 )

The Work of the Holy Spirit


"I have much more to tell you, but now it would be too much for you to bear. When, however, the Spirit comes, who reveals the truth about God, He will lead you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own authority, but he will speak of what he hears and will tell you of things to come. He will give me glory, because he will take what I say and tell it to you. All that my Father has is mine; that is why I said that the Spirit will take what I give him and tell it to you."

 OR

( John 20:19-23 )


Sadness and Gladness


Jesus knew that they wanted to question him, so he said to them, "I said, 'In a little while you will not see me, and then a little while later you will see me.' Is this what you are asking about among yourselves? I am telling you the truth: you will cry and weep, but the world will be glad; you will be sad, but your sadness will turn into gladness. When a woman is about to give birth, she is ad because her hour of suffering has come; but when the baby is born, she forgets her suffering, because she is happy that a baby has been born into the world. That is how it is with you: now you are sad, but I will see you again, and your hearts will be filled with gladness, the kind of gladness that no one can take away from you."
"When that day comes, you will not ask me for anything. I am telling you the truth: the Father will give you whatever you ask of him in my name."

 
This is the word of the Lord


An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Melanie Rigney )

      They were careful, cautious, one might even say, scared. Jesus had ascended. They had returned to Jerusalem, living in community in that upper room.
      Then the Holy Spirit descended, and they were never the same. Many were martyred or imprisoned, likely all were ridiculed for sharing the Good News. Still, they were cautious no more. They knew that He was with them; the mission was clear. 
      We, too, can err on the side of being overly careful, of hemming and hawing and, yes, even whining about not being sure what the Lord desires of us. We get scared when His desires seem too humbling, too big, too much out of our comfort zone. But when we prayerfully surrender to His will, we find that all things are possible. And we will never be the same.
      Come, Holy Spirit. Set my heart and soul ablaze.


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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