Sunday, April 2, 2017

Country Chapel Service...Sunday April 2, 2017 (Today with Christian Hymns)

  Welcome to the
"Country Chapel"
Service
Sunday
April 2, 2017
Fifth Sunday of
Lent
"Stronger Each Day"





Today's Verse:

                 ( John 1:1 )

The Word of Life 

      In the beginning the Word already existed; the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 


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:

              ( Ezekiel 37:12-14 )

The Valley of Dry Bones

      "So prophesy to my people Israel and tell them that I, the Sovereign Lord, am going to open their graves. I am going to take them out and bring them back to the land of Israel. When I open the graves where my people are buried and bring them out, they will know that I am the Lord. I will put my breath in them, bring them back to life, and let them live in their own land. Then they will know that I am the Lord. I have promised that I would do this - and I will. I, the Lord, have spoken."


Alternate 1st Reading:

               ( Psalm 130:1-8 )

A Prayer for Help

      From the depths of my despair I call to you, Lord. Hear my cry, O Lord; listen to my call for help! If you keep a record of our sins, who would escape being condemned? But you forgive us, so that we should stand in awe of you.
      I wait eagerly for the Lord's help, and in his word I trust. I wait for the Lord more eagerly than sentries wait for the dawn - than sentries wait for the dawn.
      Israel, trust in the Lord, because his love is constant and he is always willing to save. He will save his people Israel from all their sins.

   

The 2nd Reading:

                 ( Romans 8:8-11 )

Life in the Spirit

      Those who obey their human nature cannot please God.
      But you do not live as your human nature tells you to; instead, you live as the Spirit tells you to - if, in fact, God's Spirit lives in you. Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ lives in you, the Spirit is life for you because you have been put right with God, even though your bodies are going to die because of sin. If the Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from death, lives in you, then he who raised Christ from death will also give life to your mortal bodies by the presence of his Spirit in you.




Today's Gospel According to:

                ( John 11:1-27, 38-44 )

      The Death of Lazarus

      A man named Lazarus, who lived in Bethany, became sick. Bethany was the town where Mary and her sister Martha lived. (This Mary was the one who poured perfume on the Lord's feet and wiped them with her hair; it was her brother Lazarus who was sick.) The sisters sent Jesus a message: "Lord, your dear friend is sick."
      When Jesus heard it, he said, "The final result of this sickness will not be the death of Lazarus; this has happened in order to bring glory to God, and it will be the means by which the Son of God will receive glory."
      Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. Yet when he received the news that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was for two more days. Then he said to his disciples, "Let us go back to Judea."
      "Teacher," the disciples answered, "just a short time ago the people there wanted to stone you; and are you planning to go back?"
      Jesus said, "A day has twelve hours, doesn't it? So those who walk in broad daylight do not stumble, for they see the light of this world. But if they walk during the night they stumble, because they have no light." Jesus said this and then added, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I will go and wake him up."
      The disciples answered, "If he is asleep, Lord, he will get well."
      Jesus meant that Lazarus had died, but they thought he meant natural sleep. So Jesus told them plainly, "Lazarus is dead, but for your sake I am glad that I was not with him, so that you will believe. Let us go to him."
      Thomas, (called the Twin), said to his fellow disciples, "Let us all go along with the Teacher, so that we may die with him!"

Jesus the Resurrection and the Life

      When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had been buried four days before. Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, and many Judeans had come to see Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother's death.
      When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at the house. Martha said to Jesus, "If you had been here, Lord, my brother would not have died! But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask him for."
      "Your brother will rise to life," Jesus told her.
      "I know," she replied, "that he will rise to life on the last day."
      Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me will live, even though they die; and those who live and believe in me will never die. Do you believe this?"
      "Yes, Lord!" she answered. "I do believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who was to come into the world."

Lazarus is Brought to Life

      Deeply moved once more, Jesus went to the tomb, which was a cave with a stone placed at the entrance. "Take the stone away!" Jesus ordered.
      Martha, the dead man's sister, answered, "There will be a bad smell Lord. He has been buried four days!"
      Jesus said to her, "Didn't I tell you that you would see God's glory if you believed?" They took the stone away. Jesus looked up and said, "I thank you, Father, that you listen to me. I know that you always listen to me, but I say this for the sake of the people here, so that they will believe that you sent me." After he had said this, he called out in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!" He came out, his hands and feet wrapped in grave cloths, and with a cloth around his face. "Untie him," Jesus told them, "and let him go."


This is the word of the Lord.



An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Amy Welborn )

      My sons had been asking for a doorway pull-up bar, and when I saw one for $10 at an estate sale, they finally got one.
      It is hooked on the doorway that leads from their rooms to the living room, and it seems as if since we've had it up there, neighter of them are able to pass through that doorway without hoisting themselves up a time or two. This tool for growing stronger is part of their daily lives now.
      Fasting, prayer and more charity are all a part of my daily life during these weeks of Lent. These spiritual tools may always be available to me, but during Lent, I encounter them daily in a more focused way. I can't pass them by. I can't ignore the invitation they provide to strengthen my spirit and open myself to the new life that awaits.
      Lord, may my acts of self-denial strengthen my spirit 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:



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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