Sunday, September 9, 2018

Country Chapel Service...Sunday September 9, 2018 - (Today with Traditional Hymns)

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                Welcome to the
      "Country Chapel"
        Sunday Service
              
             September 9, 2018
     Twenty-Third Sunday
       in Ordinary Time
     "From Gratitude
          to Justice"






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Today's Verse:

          ( Galatians 4:18 )


Paul's Concern for the Galatians

      Now, it is good to have such a deep interest if the purpose is good - this is true always, and not merely when I am with you.

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 35:4-7 )

The Road of Holiness

      Tell everyone who is discouraged, "Be strong and don't be afraid! God is coming to your rescue, coming to punish your enemies."
      The blind will be able to see, and the deaf will hear. The lame will leap and dance, and those who cannot speak will shout for joy. Streams of water will flow through the desert; the burning sand will become a lake, and dry land will be filled with springs. Where jack-als used to live, marsh grass and reeds will grow.

Alternate 1st Reading:

           ( Psalm 146:6-10 )

In Praise of God the Savior

      The Lord their God, the Creator of heaven, earth, and sea, and all that is in them. He always keeps his promises; he judges in fav-or of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry.
      The Lord sets prisoners free and gives sight to the blind. He lifts those who have fallen; he loves his righteous people. He pro-tects the strangers who live in our land; he helps widows and or-phans, but takes the wicked to their ruin.
      The Lord is king forever. Your God, O God, will reign for all time. Praise the Lord!

                      

The 2nd Reading:

              ( James 2:1-5 )

Warning against Prejudice

      My friend, as believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lod of glory, you must never treat people in different ways according to their outward appearance. Suppose a rich man wearing a gold ring and fine clothes comes to your meeting, and a poor man in ragged clothes also comes. If you show more respect to the well-dressed man and say to him, "Have this best seat here," but say to the poor man, "Stand over there, or sit here on the floor by my feet," then you are guilty of creating distinctions among yourselves and of making judgments based on evil motives.
      Listen, my dear friends! God chose the poor people of this world to be rich in faith and to possess the kingdom which he promised to those who love him.



Today's Gospel According to:

             ( Mark 7:31-37 )


Jesus Heals a Deaf-Mute

      Jesus then left the neighborhood of Tyre and went on through Sidon to Lake Galilee, going by way of the territory of the Ten Towns. Some people brought him a man who was deaf and could hardly speak, and they begged Jesus to place his hands on him. So Jesus took him off alone, away from the crowd, put his fingers in the man's ears, spat, and touched the man's tongue. Then Jesus looked up to heaven, gave a deep groan, and said to the man, "Ephphatha," which means, "Open up!"
      At once the man was able to hear, his speech impediment was removed, and he began to talk without any trouble. Then Jesus ordered the people not to speak of it to anyone; but the more he ordered them not to, the more they told it. And all who heard were completely amazed. "How well he does everything!" they ex-claimed. "He even causes the deaf to hear and the dumb to speak!"

This is the word of the Lord


An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel

( By Deborah A. Meister )


      Everyday I hear people complain about the lack of justice in one situation or another. Primarily, their objective focus is on righting a wrong or fighting for equality. This psalm reminds me that justice comes from the heart and not the mind. God has not measured justice on a scale to judge our worthiness. The heart of God's justice cares deeply about the oppressed, the hungry and the captive soul. The psalm begins and ends by praising God with a grateful heart.
      Gratitude gives birth to justice. We praise God's faithfulness and thank God for the gift of life. A grateful heart holds no resent-ment, anger or fear of being cast aside. When we can let go of sel-fishness, God's justice will reign. The oppressed will be free and the poor will be fed. We can become instruments of peace and justice in he world.

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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