Sunday, March 26, 2017

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

  Welcome to the
"Country Chapel"
Service
Sunday
March 26, 2017
Fourth Sunday of
Lent
"Healing Hands"






Today's Verse:

      (1 Corinthians 15:55 )

      "Where, Death, is your victory? Where, Death, is your power to hurt?" 


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:

            ( 1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13 )

David is Anointed King

      The Lord said to Samuel, "How long will you go on grieving over Saul? I have rejected him as king of Israel. But now get some olive oil and go to Bethlehem, to a man named Jesse, because I have chosen one of his sons to be king."
      When they arrived, Samuel saw Jesse's son Eliab and said to himself, "This man standing here in the Lord's presence is surely the one he has chosen." But the Lord said to him, "Pay no attention to how tall and handsome he is. I have rejected him, because I do not judge as people judge. They look at the outward appearance, but I look at the heart."
      In this way Jesse brought seven of his sons to Samuel. And Samuel said to him, "No, the Lord hasn't chosen any of these." Then he asked him, "Do you have any more sons?"
      Jesse answered, "There is still the youngest, but he is out taking care of the sheep."
      "Tell him to come here," Samuel said. "We won't offer the sacri- fice until he comes." So Jesse sent for him. He was a handsome, healthy young man, and his eyes sparkled. The Lord said to Samuel, "This is the one - anoint him!" Samuel took the olive oil and anointed David in front of his brothers. Immediately the spirit of the Lord took control of David and was with him from that day on. The Samuel returned to Ramah.


Alternate 1st Reading:

             ( Psalm 23:1-6 )

The Lord Our Shepherd

      The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for his namesake.
      Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For you are with me. Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
      You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
      Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord.

 
The 2nd Reading:

          ( Ephesians 5:8-14 ) 

Living in the Light

      You yourselves used to be in the darkness, but since you have become the Lord's people, you are in the light, for it is the light that brings a rich harvest of every kind of goodness, righteousness, and truth. Try to learn what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the worthless things that people do, things that belong to the dark- ness. Instead, bring them out to the light. (It is really too shameful even to talk about the things they do in secret.) And when all things are brought out to the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed; for anything that is clearly revealed becomes light. That is why it is said, "Wake up, sleeper, and rise from death, and Christ will shine on you."







Today's Gospel According to:

              ( John 9:1-12 )

Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind

       As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been born blind. His disciples asked him, "Teacher, who's sin caused him to be born blind? Was it his own or his parents' sin?"
       Jesus answered, "His blindness has nothing to do with his sins or his parents' sins. He is blind so that God's power might be seen at work in him. As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me; night is coming when no one can work." While I am in the world, I am the light for the world."
       After he said this, Jesus spat on the ground and made some mud with the spittle: he rubbed the mud on the man's eyes and told him, "Go and wash your face in the Pool of Siloam." (This name means "Sent.") So the man went, washed his face, and came back seeing.
       His neighbors, then, and the people who had seen him begging before this, asked, "Isn't this the man who used to sit and beg?"
       Some said, "He is the one," but others said, "No he isn't; he just looks like him."
       So the man himself said, " I am the man."
       "How is it that you can now see?" they asked him.
      He answered, "The man called Jesus made some mud, rubbed it on my eyes, and told me to go to Siloam and wash my face. So I went, and as soon as I washed, I could see."
      "Where is he?" they asked.
      "I do not know," he answered.

    
This is the word of the Lord.



An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Kristin Armstrong )

      When misfortune strikes, human beings have this uncanny need to determine why. We want an answer, a tidy reason or someone or something to blame. In the face of calamity, people often ask, "How could God let this happen?"
      God's thoughts and his ways are so much higher than ours that we will never understand why some things happen, at least on this side of heaven. But this verse gives us the best answer, I have found. When tragedy, misfortune, or difficulty occur, we can find comfort and courage knowing that, "It is so the works of God might be made visible." Watch for it in the immediate wake of any disaster, in personal life or on the news. God's hands always appear. Be it rescue workers, kind doctors and nurses, faithful family and friends, the outpouring of community love and support or the manifestation of a miracle - God's works are made visible in the midst of misfortune.


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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