Sunday, January 29, 2017

Country Chapel Service...Sunday January 29, 2017 (Today with Christian Hymns)

    Welcome to the
"Country Chapel"
January 29, 2017
Fourth Sunday in
Ordinary Time
"Standing With God"

Today's Verse:   
                ( Revelation 1:18 )

      I am the living one! I was dead, but now I am alive forever and ever. I have authority over death and the world of the dead.

 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:

              ( Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13 )

A Plea for Repentance

      Turn to the Lord, all you humble people of the land, who obey his commands. Do what is right, and humble yourselves before the Lord. Perhaps you will escape punishment on the day when the Lord shows his anger. 

Jerusalem's Sin and Redemption

      "I will leave there a humble and lowly people, who will come to me for help. The people of Israel who survive will do no wrong to anyone, tell no lies, nor try to deceive. They will be prosperous and secure, afraid of no one."

  Alternate 1st Reading:

               ( Psalm 146:6-10 )

In Praise of God the Savior

      The Creator of heaven, earth, and sea, and all that is in them. He always keeps his promises; he judges in favor 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 protects the strangers who live in our land; he helps widows and orphans, but takes the wicked to their ruin. 
      The Lord is king forever. You God, OZion, will reign for all time.
      Praise the Lord!
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The 2nd Reading:

            ( 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 )

Christ the Power and the Wisdom of God

      Now remember what you were, my friends, when God called you. From the human point of view few of you were wise or powerful or of high social standing. God purposely chose what the world considers nonsense in order to shame the wise, and he chose what the world considers weak in order to shame the powerful. He chose what the world looks down on and despises and thinks is nothing, in order to destroy what the world thinks is important. This means that no one can boast in God's presence. But God has brought you into union with Christ Jesus, and God has made Christ to be our wisdom. By him we are put right with God; we bwcome God's holy people and are set free. So then, as the scripture says, "Whoever wants to boast must boast of what the Lord has done."

Today's Gospel According to:

               ( Matthew 5:1-12 )

The Sermon on the Mount

      Jesus saw the crowds and went up a hill, where he sat down. His disciples gathered around him, and he began to teach them:

True Happiness

      "Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor; the Kingdom of heaven belongs to them! "Happy are those who mourn; God will comfort them! "Happy are those who are humble; they will receive what God has promised! "Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires; God will satisfy them fully! "Happy are those who are merciful to others; God will be merciful to them! "Happy are the pure in heart; they will see God! "Happy are those who work for peace; God will call them his children! "Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires; the Kingdom of heaven belongs to them!
      "Happy are you when people insult you and persecute you and tell you all kinds of evil lies against you because you are my followers. Be happy and glad, for a great reward is kept for you in heaven. This is how the prophets, who lived before you, were persecuted."

This is the word of the Lord.

An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Sr. Chris Koellhoffer, I.H.M. )

      When I was in elementary school, I won an essay contest on the topic of discrimination and exclusion by making a case for what it was like to be left-handed in a predominately right-handed world. As a child who lived with unconscious privilege, I wrote from my limited understanding of what it felt like to be left out of the equation, to be invisible or absent from decisions that affected my world.
      Today, I have a much more profound awareness of what it means to count for nothing. My eyes have been opened thanks to those who are not at the table, those who society ignores, discounts, dismisses. By their side is where Jesus, the wisdom of God, chooses to be. And where we are blessed when our values and choices place us in the company he keeps.

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:


1)  Good News Bible (with Deuterocanonicals/Apocrypha)

2)  Living Faith Daily Devotions

3)  Scripture-Text Datebook

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