Sunday, March 12, 2017

Country Chapel Service...Sunday March 12, 2017 (Today with Christian Hymns)

   Welcome to the
"Country Chapel"
Service
Sunday
March 12, 2017
Second Sunday of
Lent
"Giving & Receiving Kindness" 




Today's Verse:

( Psalm 25:9 )

       He leads the humble in the right way and teaches them his will. 


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:

               ( Genesis 12:1-4 )

God's Call to Abram

      The Lord said to Abram, "Leave your country, your relatives, and your father's home, and go to the land that I am going to show you. I will give you many descendants, and they will become a great nation. I will bless you and make your name famous, so that you will be a blessing.
       I will bless those who bless you, but I will curse those who curse you. And through you I will bless all nations."
      When Abram was seventy-five years old, he started out from Haran, as the Lord had told him to do; and Lot went with him.


Alternate 1st Reading:

                ( Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22 )

A Song of Praise

      The words of the Lord are true, and all his works are depen- dable. The Lord loves what is righteous and just; his constant love fills the earth.
      The Lord watches over those who obey him, those who trust in his constant love. He saves them from death; he keeps them alive in times of famine. 
      We put our hope in the Lord; he is our protector and our help.
      May your constant love be with us, Lord, as we put our hope in you.
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 The 2nd Reading:

               ( 2 Timothy 1:8-10 )

Thanksgiving and Encouragement

      Do not be ashamed, then, of witnessing for our Lord; neither be ashamed of me, a prisoner for Christ's sake. Instead, take your part in suffering for the Good News, as our God gives you the strength for it. He saved us and called us to be his own people, not because of what we have done, but because of his own purpose and grace. He gave us his grace by means of Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but now it has been revealed to us through the coming of our Savior, Christ Jesus. He has ended the power of death and through the gospel has revealed immortal life.




Today's Gospel According to:

                ( Matthew 17:1-9 )

The Transfiguration

      Six days later Jesus took with him Peter and the brothers James and John and led them up a high mountain where they were alone. As they looked on, a change came over Jesus; his face was shining like the sun, and his clothes were dazzling white. Then the three di- sciples saw Moses and Elijah talking with Jesus. So Peter spoke up and said to Jesus, "Lord, how good it is that we are here! If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."
      While he was talking, a shining cloud came over them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my own dear Son, with whom I am pleased - listen to him!"
      When the disciples heard the voice, they were so terrified that they threw themselves face downward on the ground. Jesus came to them and touched them. "Get up," he said. "Don't be afraid!" So they looked up and saw no one there but Jesus.
      As they came down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, "Don't tell anyone about this vision you have seen until the Son of Man has been raised from death." 

 
This is the word of the Lord.



An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Sr. Joyce Rupp, O.S.M. )

      With the huge amount of mean, judgemental and hostile mes- sages on social media and the continual barrage on public newscasts regarding violence and abuse, we might quickly question the psalmist's statement that the earth is full "Of the kindness of the Lord."
      But if we make a deliberate attempt to be aware of kindness as we move through our day, we will be surprised how much of this virtue we find and experience. A few simple words can generate kindness. Thank you. I didn't mean it. Let me assist you. I'm sorry. You first. I understand. Its OK. I forgive you. Let's go together. You have my sympathy. I love you. Yes, divine kindness is reflected everywhere if only we are determined to both give and receive it. It only takes a small amount of awareness and other-centeredness to have the Lord's kindness come alive.


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:







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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