Sunday, March 5, 2017

Country Chapel Service...Sunday March 5, 2017 (Today with Christian Hymns)

  Welcome to the
"Country Chapel"
March 5, 2017
Eighth Sunday in
Ordinary Time
"No Perfect Scores"

Today's Verse:

           ( Hebrews 3:14 )

       For we are all partners with Christ if we hold firmly to the end the confidence we had at the beginning.

 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 2:7-9, 3:1-7 )

The Garden of Eden

       Then the Lord God took some soil from the ground and formed a man out of it; he breathed life-giving breath into his nostrils and the man began to live.
       Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the East, and there he put the man he had formed. He made all kinds of beautiful trees grow there and produce good fruit. In the middle of the garden stood the tree that gives life and the tree that gives knowledge of what is good and what is bad.

Human Disobedience

       Now the snake was the most cunning animal that the Lord God had made. The snake asked the woman, "Did God really tell you not to eat fruit from any tree in the garden?"
       "We may eat the fruit of any tree in the garden," the woman answered, "except the tree in the middle of it. God told us not to eat fruit of that tree or even touch it; if we do, we will die."
       The snake replied, "That's not true; you will not die. God said that because he knows that when you eat it, you will become like God and know what is good and what is bad."
       The woman saw how beautiful the tree was and how good its fruit would be to eat, and she thought how wonderful it would be to become wise. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, and he also ate it. As soon as they had eaten it, they were given the understanding and realized that they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and covered them- selves.

Alternate 1st Reading:

                ( Psalm 51:3-6, 12-14, 17 ) 

A Prayer for Forgiveness

       I recognize my faults; I am always conscious of my sins. I have sinned against you - only against you - and done what you concider evil. So you are right in judging me. I have been evil from the day I was born; from the time I was conceived, I have been sinful.
       Sincerity and truth are what you require; fill my mind with your wisdom.
       Give me again the joy that comes from your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. Then I will teach sinners your com- mands, and they will turn back to you.
       Spare my life, O God, and save me, and I will gladly proclaim your righteousness.
       My sacrifice is a humble spirit, O God, you will not reject a humble and repentant heart.
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The 2nd Reading:

                  ( Romans 5:12-19 )

Adam and Christ

       Sin came into the world through one man, and his sin brought death with it. As a result, death has spread to the whole human race because everyone has sinned. There was sin in the world before the Law was given; but where there is no law, no account is kept of sins. But from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, death ruled over all human beings, even over those who did not sin in the same way that Adam did when he disobeyed God's command.
       Adam was a figure of the one who was to come. But the two are not the same, because God's free gift is not like Adam's sin. It is true that many people died because of the sin of that one man. But God's grace is much greater, and so is his free gift to so many peo- ple through the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ. And there is a difference between God's gift and the sin of one man. After one sin, came the judgement of "Guilty"; but after so many sins comes the undeserved gift of "Not guilty!" It is true that through the sin of one man death began to rule because of that one man. But how much greater is the result of what was done by the one man, Jesus Christ! All who receive God's abundant grace and are freely put right with him will rule in life through Christ.
       So then, as the one sin condemned all people, in the same way the one righteous act sets all people free and gives them life. And just as all people were made sinners as the result of the disobedi- ence of one man, in the same way they will all be put right with God as the result of the obedience of the one man.

Today's Gospel According to:

                   ( Matthew 4:1-11 )

The Temptation of Jesus 

       Then the Spirit led Jesus into the desert to be tempted by the Devil. After spending forty days and nights without food, Jesus was hungry. Then the Devil came to him and said, "If you are God's Son, order these stones to turn into bread."
       But Jesus answered, "The scripture says,'Human beings cannot live on bread alone, but need every word that God speaks.' "
       Then the Devil tool Jesus to Jerusalem, the Holy City, set him on the highest point of the Temple, and said to him, "If you are God's Son, throw yourself down, for the scripture says, 'God will give orders to his angels about you; they will hold you up with their hands, so that not even your feet will be hurt on the stones.' "
       Jesus answered, "But the scripture also says, 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.' "
       Then the Devil took Jesus to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in all their greatness. "All this I will give you," the Devil said, "if you kneel down and worship me."
       Then Jesus answered, "Go away, Satan! The scripture says, 'Worship the Lord your God and serve only him!' "
       Then the Devil left Jesus; and angels came and helped him.

This is the word of the Lord.

An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Sr. Bridget Haase, O.S.U. )

       Jesus understands our struggles through his own temptations in the desert. He did not know the end of the story; he only knew to overcome the delusions placed before him: possessions, power and prestige. Then, after his refusals, angels came in ministry to lighten the burdens of this encounter with the Evil One.
       It is the same with us. None of us gets to heaven with perfect scores in the battles with bad habits, lustful desires, screams of self over the needs of others. Life is hard and our temptations, real. But Lent promises hope of redemption and that, if we are victorious over these allurements, we will wear the crown of personal trans- formation. It is not easy to ignore when temptation rings our doorbell. But, with the grace flowing from the example of Jesus, we will neither answer the door nor invite temptation in to stay for dinner.

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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