Sunday, June 24, 2018

Country Chapel Service...Sunday June 24, 2018 - (Today with Traditional Hymns)

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                Welcome to the
      "Country Chapel"
        Sunday Service
              
                     June 24, 2018
         The Nativity of
       St. John the Baptist
     "Summer Christmas"






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Today's Verse:

             ( Exodus 33:14 )

The Lord Promises to be with His People

      The Lord said, "I will go with you, and I will give you victory."

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:

            ( Isaiah 49:1-6 )

Israel, A Light to the Nations

      Listen to me, distant nations, you people who live far away! Be-fore I was born, the Lord chose me and appointed me to be his servant. He made my words as sharp as a sword. With his own hand he protected me. He made me like an arrow, sharp and ready for use. He said to me, "Israel, you are my servant; because of you, people will praise me."
      I said, "I have worked, but how hopeless it is! I have used up my strength, but have accomplished nothing." Yet I trust the Lord to defend my cause; he will reward me for what I do. Before I was born, the Lord appointed me; he made me his servant to bring back his people, to bring back the scattered people of Israel. The Lord gives me honor; he is the source of my strength.
      The Lord said to me, "I have a greater task for you, my servant. Not only will you restoe to greatness the people of Israel who have survived, but I will also make you a light to the nations - so that all the world may be saved."

Alternate 1st Reading:

         ( Psalm 139:1-3, 13-15 )

God's Complete Knowledge and Care 

      Lord, you have examined me and you know me. You know everything I do; from far away you understand all my thoughts. You see me, whether I am working or resting; you know all my actions.
      You created every part of me; you put me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because you are to be feared; all you do is strange and wonderful. I know it with all my heart. When my bones were being formed, carefully put together in my mother's womb, when I was growing there in secret, you knew that I was there.
 

The 2nd Reading:

                 ( Acts 13:22-26 )

In Antioch in Pisdia

      "After removing him, God made David their king. This is what God said about him: 'I have found that David, son of Jesse is the kind of man I like, a man who will do all I want him to do.' It was Jesus, a descendant of David, whom God made the Savior of the people of Israel, as he had promised. Before Jesus began his work, John preached to all the people of Israel that they should turn from their sins and be baptized. And as John was about to finish his mission, he said to the people, 'Who do you think I am? I am not the one you are waiting for. But listen! He is coming after me, and I am not good enough to take his sandals off his feet.' "
      "My fellow Israelites, descendants of Abraham, and all gentiles here who worship God: it is to us that this message of salvation has been sent!" 



Today's Gospel According to:

             ( Luke 1:57-66, 80 )

The Birth of John the Baptist

      The time has come for Elizabeth to have her baby, and she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard how wonderfully good the Lord had been to her, and they rejoiced with her.
      When the baby was a week old, they came to circumcise him Zachariah, after his father. But his mother said , "No! His name is to be John." 
      They said to her, "But you don't have any relative with that name!" Then they made signs to his father, asking him what name he would like the boy to have."
      Zechariah asked for a writting pad and wrote, "His name is John." How surprised they all were! At that moment Zechariah was able to speak again, and he started praising God. The neighbors were filled with fear, and the news about these things spread through all the hill country of Judea. Everyone who heard of it thought about it and asked, "What is this child going to be?" For it was plain that the Lord's power was upon him.
      The child grew and developed in body and spirit. He lived in the desert until the day when he appeared publicly to the people of Israel.

This is the word of the Lord


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

      Each year, on June 24, we celebrate the anniversary of the birth of the child who would become known as John the Baptist. In the early ages of the Church, John's nativity was a holy day of obliga-tion, which was celebrated with three Masses, similar to Christmas. Since John's birth was six months before the birth of Jesus, it was the custom in the northern hemisphere to call it "Summer Christmas." When both John and Jesus were adults, Jesus call John the greatest person of the Old Testament. John call Jesus the greatest one of all time. Christmas has become overly diversified with commercial trappings, minimizing the true meaning of Christ's birth. John's nativity can give us a six-month vigil each year to better appreciate the real birth of Jesus, the child we honor and the spiritual value of Christmas.


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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