Sunday, February 26, 2017

Country Chapel Service...Sunday February 26, 2017 (Today with Christian Hymns)

   Welcome to the
"Country Chapel"
February 26, 2017
Eighth Sunday in
Ordinary Time
"Trust and Let Go"

Today's Verse:

             ( Ephesians 2:8-9 ) 

        For it is by God's grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God's gift, so that no one can boast about it.

 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 the body, and life everlasting.  Amen. 

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

The 1st Reading:

               ( Isaiah 49:14-15 )

The Restoration of Jerusalem 

       But the people of Jerusalem said, "The Lord has abandoned us! He has forgotten us!"
       So the Lord answers, "Can a woman forget her own baby and not love the child she bore? Even if a mother should forget her child, I will never forget you."

Alternate 1st Reading:

             ( Psalm 62:2-3, 6-9 )

Confidence in God's Protection

       He alone protects and saves me; he is my defender, and I shall never be defeated. How much longer will all of you attack someone who is no stronger than a broken-down fence?
       He alone protects and saves me; he is my defender, and I shall never be defeated. My salvation and honor depend on God; he is my strong protector; he is my shelter.
       Trust in God at all times, my people. Tell him all your troubles, for he is our refuge.
       Human beings are all like a puff of breath; great and small alike are worthless. Put them on the scales, and they weigh nothing; they are lighter than mere breath.
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 The 2nd Reading:

                  ( 1 Corinthians 4:1-5 )

       Apostles of Christ

       You should think of us as Christ's servants, who have been put in charge of God's secret truths. The one thing required of such ser- vants is that they be faithful to their master. Now, I am not at all concerned about being judged by you or by any human standard; I don't even pass judgement on myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not prove that I am really innocent. The Lord is the one who passes judgement on me. So you should not pass judgement on anyone before the right times comes. Final judgement must wait until the Lord comes; he will bring to light the dark secrets and expose the hidden purposes of people's minds. And then all will receive from God the praise they deserve.

Today's Gospel According to:

                ( Matthew 6:24-34 )

God and Possessions

       "You cannot be a slave of two masters; you will hate one and love the other; you will be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money."
       This is why I tell you: do not be worried about the food and drink you need in order to stay alive, or about the clothes for your body. After all, isn't life worth more than food? And isn't the body worth more than clothes? Look at the birds: they do not plant seeds, gather a harvest and put it in barns; yet your Father in heaven takes care of them! Aren't you worth much more than birds? Can any of you live a bit longer by worrying about it?"
       "And why worry about clothes? Look how the wild flowers grow; they do not work or make clothes for themselves. But I tell you that not even King Solomon with all his wealth had clothes as beautiful as one of these flowers. It is God who clothes the wild grass - grass that is here today and gone tomorrow, burned up in the oven. Won't he be all the more sure to clothe you? What little faith you have!"
       "So do not start worrying: 'Where will my food come from? or my drink? or my clothes?' (These are the things the pagans are always concerned about.) Your Father in heaven knows that you need all these things. Instead, be concerned above everything else with the Kingdom of God and with what he requires of you, and he will provide you with all these other things. So do not worry about tomorrow; it will have enough worries of its own. There is no need to add to the troubles each day brings."

This is the word of the Lord.

An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Mark Neilsen )

       Jesus was obviously not thinking about exercise, a careful diet and regular checkups with your primary care physician as means to improve one's longevity. Careful planning and thoughtful action are not to be confused with worry. the kind of obsessive thinking that troubles many of us - maybe all of us at sometime or other - wor- rying isn't a rational calculation. We don't do it because we think it does some good. It feels like a reflex and has been described as "a down payment on problems that may never happen." Or even if some catastrophe will happen - like one's own death - worrying controls nothing. But it sure can make you miserable.
      This, I think, is why Jesus brings it up. Needless, pointless, useless worry does us no good. Meanwhile, it diminishes our enjoyment of simple things like sparrows and flowers and green grass. Jesus is inviting us to trust and let go. Let us give it a try today.

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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