Sunday, April 23, 2017

Country Chapel Service...Sunday April 23 , 2017 (Today with Christian Church Songs)

 
Welcome to the
"Country Chapel"
Service
Sunday
April 23, 2017
Second Sunday
of Easter
"Loving as He Loves"







Today's Verse:

           ( Luke 1:33 )

The Birth of Jesus is Announced

      And he will be the king of the descendants of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end. 


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:

( Acts 2:42-47 )

Peter's Message 

      They spent their time in learning from the apostles, taking part in the fellowship, and sharing in fellowship meals and the prayers.

Life among the Believers

       Many miracles and wonders were being done through the apostles, and everyone was filled with awe. All the believers con- tinued together in close fellowship and shared their belongings with one another. They would sell their property and possessions, and distribute the money among all, according to what each one needed. Day after day they met as a group in the Temple, and they had their meals together in their homes, eating with glad and humble hearts, praising God, and enjoying the good will of all the people. And everyday the Lord added to their group thosed who were being saved. 


Alternate 1st Reading:

           ( Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 )

A Prayer of Thanks for Victory

      Let the people of Israel say, "His love is eternal." Let the priests of God say, "His love is eternal." Let all who worship him say, "His love is eternal."
      I was fiercely attacked and was being defeated, but the Lord helped me. The Lord makes me powerful and strong; he has saved me. Listen to the glad shouts of victory in the tents of God's people; "The Lord's mighty power has done it!"
      The stone which the builders rejected as worthless, turned out to be the most important of all. This was done by the Lord; what a wonderful sight it is! This is the day of the Lord's victory; let us be happy, let us celebrate!

   


The 2nd Reading:

               ( 1 Peter 1:3-9 )

A Living Hope

      Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Because of his great mercy he gave us new life by raising Jesus Christ from death. This fills us with a living hope, and so we look forward to possessing the rich blessings that God keeps for his people. He keeps them for you in heaven, where they cannot decay or spoil or fade away. They are for you, who through faith are kept safe by God's power for the salvation which is ready to be revealed at the end of time.
      Be glad about this, even though it may now be necessary for you to be sad for a while because of the many kinds of trials you suffer. Their purpose is to prove that your faith is genuine. Even gold, which can be destroyed, is tested by fire; and so your faith, which is much more precious than gold, must also be tested, so that it may endure. Then you will receive praise and glory and honor on the Day when Jesus Christ is revealed. You love him, although you have not seen him, and you believe in him, although you do not now see him. So you rejoice with a great and glorious joy which words cannot express, because you are receiving the salvation of your souls, which is the purpose of your faith in him.





 Today's Gospel According to:

                ( John 20:19-31 )

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

      It was late that Sunday evening and the disciples were gathering together behind locked doors, because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities. Then Jesus came and stood among them. "Peace be with you," he said. After saying this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy at seeing the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so I send you." Then he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive people's sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven."

Jesus and Thomas 

      One of twelve disciples, Thomas, (called the Twin), was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord!"
      Thomas said to them, "Unless I see the scars of the nails in his hands and put my finger on those scars and my hand in his side, I will not believe."
      A week later the disciples were together again indoors, and Thomas was with them. The doors were locked, but Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and look at my hands; then reach your hand and put it in my side. Stop your doubting, and believe!"
      Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!"
      Jesus said to him, "Do you believe because you see me? How happy are those who believe without seeing me!"

The Purpose of This Book 

      In his disciples presence Jesus performed many other miracles which are not written down in this book. But these have been written in order that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through your faith in him you may have life.

 
 This is the word of the Lord.



An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Fr. Kenneth Grabner, C.S.C. )

      Even though Jesus' disciples had been with him for several years and had seen his miracles, they were slow to grasp the meaning of his message. And yet, when Jesus appeared to them after his resurrection, there were no words of rebuke, only words of peace that revealed his love. Unchanging love was Jesus' gift to his disciples. That is the same gift he gives to us. Our hope comes from his steadfast love, because he always floods our hearts with it even when we fail him. What peace is ours when we recognize this tre- mendous truth.
      Our peace grows when we share this love with others. Jesus asks us to follow him, but we can only be his followers when we do what he does. No easy task, you might say, but the power of Jesus constantly flows through us, enabling us to love as he loves. That's what transforms our lives and gives us hope. 


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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