Sunday, January 22, 2017

Country Chapel Service...Sunday January 22, 2017 (Today with Traditional Hymns) + 2 Special Music Pieces

   Welcome to the
"Country Chapel"
Service
Sunday
January 22, 2017
Third Sunday in
Ordinary Time
'Waiting for God's Will'


Special Preacher - Billy Graham
Special musical guest - Johnny Cash














"The Preacher Said....Jesus Said!"




 "You can almost hear them saying...LOOK! here comes Jesus!"
 



Today's Verse:   ( 1 Corinthians 14:33 )

      Because God does not want us to be in disorder but in harmony and peace, as in all the Churches of God's people. 


 Entrance Hymn:






Recite:   "The Apostles Creed"

     I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and 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 arose from the dead and ascended into Heaven and sits at the right hand 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 theebu body, and life everlasting.  Amen. 


"Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right and just"


 The 1st Reading:

               ( Isaiah 9:1-3 )

The Future King 

      There will be no way for them to escape from this time of trouble. The land of the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali  was once disgraced, but the future will bring honor to this region, from the Mediterran- ean eastward to the land on the other side of the Jordan, and even to Galilee itself, where the foreigners live.
      The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. They lived in a land of shadows, but now light is shining on them. You have given them great joy, Lord; you have made them happy. They rejoice in what you have done, as people rejoice when they harvest grain or when they divide captured wealth.


 Alternate 1st Reading:

               ( Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14 )

A Prayer of Praise

      The Lord is my light and my salvation; I will fear no one. The Lord protects me from all danger; I will never be afraid.
      I have asked the Lord for one thing; one thing only do I want; to live in the Lord's house all of my life, to marvel there at his goodness, and to ask for his guidance.
      I know that I will live to see the Lord's goodness in this present life. Trust in the Lord. Have faith, do not despair. Trust in the Lord.
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The 2nd Reading:

              ( 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17 )

Divisions in the Church

      By the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ I appeal to all of you, my friends, to agree in what you say, so that there will be no divi- sions among you. Be completely united, with only one thought and one purpose. For some people from Chloe's family have told me quite plainly, my friends, that there are quarrels among you. Let me put it this way; each one of you says something different. One says, "I follow Paul"; another, "I follow Apollos"; another, :I follow Peter"; and another, "I follow Christ." Christ has been divided into groups! Was it Paul who died on the cross for you? Were you baptized as Paul's disciples?
      Christ did not send me to baptize. He sent me to tell the Good News, and to tell it without using the language of human wisdom, in order to make sure that Christ's death on the cross is not robbed of its power.






 Today's Gospel According to:

             ( Matthew 4:12-23 )

Jesus Begins His Work in Galilee

      When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he went away to Galilee. He did not stay in Nazareth, but went to live in Capernaum, a town by Lake Galilee, in the territory of Zubulun and Naphtali. This was done to make come true what the prophet Isaiah had said, 
      "Land of Zubulun and land of Naphtali, on the road to the sea, on the other side of the Jordan, Galilee, land of the gentiles! The people who live in darkness will see a great light. On those who live in the dark land of death the light will shine."
      From that time Jesus began to preach his message; "Turn away from your sins, because the Kingdom of heaven is near!"

Jesus Calls Four Fishermen

      As Jesus walked along the shore of Lake Galilee, he saw two brothers who were fishermen, Simon (called Peter) and his brother Andrew, catching fish in the lake with a net. Jesus said to them, "Come with me, and I will teach you to catch people." At once they left their nets and went with him.
      He went on and saw two other brothers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee. They were in their boat with their father Zebedee, getting their nets ready. Jesus called to them, and at once they left the boat and their father, and went with him.

Jesus Teaches, Preaches, and Heals

      Jesus went all over Galilee, teaching in the synagogues, preaching the Good News about the Kingdom, and healing people who had all kinds of disease and sickness.



An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Steve Givens )

      It seems as if we are always waiting for something. When we are very young, we just want to be older. We want more responsi-bility to be able to drive a car or start a family of our own. This never seems to stop. For as we grow older, we create news lists of things to wait for - for our children to grow older and leave our homes, for retirement, for the uncertainty that comes with old age.
      The gift and wisdom of God is patience. When we "wait for the Lord," we remember to not get ahead of God's plans for our lives. Indeed, there is more courage in waiting for God's will to be made known to us than there is in trying to figure out and face all of life's changes on our own.
      God, give me the courage and the wisdom to patiently discern your plans for me.



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:








Sources:

1)  Good News Bible (with Deuterocanonicals/Apocrypha)

2)  Living Faith Daily Devotions

3)  Scripture-Text Datebook

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