Sunday, May 6, 2018

Country Chapel Service...Sunday May 6, 2018 - (Today with Traditional Easter Hymns)

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                Welcome to the
      "Country Chapel"
        Sunday Service
              
                     May 6, 2018
            6th Sunday
              of Easter
           "Widening
             the Circle"
      




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Today's Verse:

                ( Matthew 5:8 )

True Happiness

      "Happy are those who are humble; they will receive what God has promised!"

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 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48 )

Peter and Cornelius

      As Peter was about to go in, Cornelius met him, fell at his feet, and bowed down before him. But Peter made him rise. "Stand up," he said, "I myself am only a man."

Peter's Speech

      Peter began to speak: "I now realize that it is true that God treats everyone on the same basis. Those who fear him and do what is right are acceptable to him, no matter what race they belong to.

The Gentiles Receive the Holy Spirit

      While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit came down on all those who were listening to his message. The Jewish believers who had come down from Joppa with Peter were amazed that God had poured out His gift of the Holy Spirit on the Gentiles also. For they heard them speaking in strange tongues and praising God's greatness. Peter spoke up: "These people have received the Holy Spirit, just as we also did. Can anyone, then, stop them from being baptized with water?" So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay with them for a few days.

Alternate 1st Reading:

                ( Psalm 98:1-4 )

God the Ruler of the World

      Sing a new song to the Lord; He has done wonderful things! By His own power and holy strength He has won the victory. The Lord announced His victory; He made His saving power known to the nations. He kept His promise to the people of Israel with loyalty and constant love for them. All people everywhere have seen the victory of our God.
      Sing for joy to the Lord, all the earth; praise Him with songs and shouts of joy!

 

The 2nd Reading:

                ( 1 John 4:7-10 )

God is Love 

      Dear friends, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Whoever loves is a child of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. And God showed His love for us by sending His only Son into the world, so that we might have life through Him. This is what love is: it is not that we have loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the means by which our sins are forgiven.




Today's Gospel According to:

               ( John 15:9-17 )

Jesus the Real Vine

      "I love you just as the Father loves me; remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in His love."
      "I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My commandment is this: love one another, just as I love you. The greatest love you can have for your friends is to give your life for them. And you are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because ser-vants do not know what their master is doing. Instead, I call you friends, because I have told you everything I heard from my Father. You did not choose me; I chose you and appointed you to go and bear much fruit, the kind of fruit that endures. And so the Father will give you whatever you ask Him for in my name. This, then, is what I command you: love one another."


This is the word of the Lord


An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Sr. Melannie Svoboda, S.N.D. )

      The earliest Christians were mostly Jews. In general, they mis-trusted Gentiles. Their mistrust was rooted in their history. These first Christians believed that Jesus had come only for them. They believed there was no room for Gentiles in their new religious community - unless they first became Jews. Peter fought against this mentality, saying that Jesus came for Jews and Gentiles. In fact, Jesus came for all. No exclusions.
      Today might be a good day to reflect on those individuals whom we don't like, those whom we tend to exclude from the circle of our love and respect - perhaps people of a particular race, gen-der, age, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, occupation, economic status.
      In the words of today's responsorial psalm, Jesus came and sang "a new song," a song that calls His followers to widen the circle of their love "to the ends of the earth."
      Jesus, help me to widen the circle of my love and care - espe-cially to include ___________________.


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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