Sunday, April 9, 2017

Country Chapel Service...Sunday April 9, 2017 (Today with Christian Hymns)

  Welcome to the
"Country Chapel"
April 9, 2017
Palm Sunday
During Lent
"Rooted in Love"

Today's Verse:

             ( 1 Corinthians 9:25 )

Rights and Duties of an Apostle 

      Every athlete in training submits to strict discipline, in order to be crowned with a wreath that will not last; but we do it for one that will last forever.

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:

            ( Isaiah 50:4-7 )

The Obedience of the Lord's Servant

      The Sovereign Lord has taught me what to say, so that I can strengthen the weary. Every morning he makes me eager to hear what he is going to teach me. The Lord has given me understanding, and I have not rebelled or turned away from him. I bared my back to those who beat me. I did not stop them when they insulted me, when they pulled out the hairs of my beard and spit in my face. 
      But their insults cannot hurt me because the Sovereign Lord gives me help. I brace myself to endure them. I know that I will not be disgraced.

Alternate 1st Reading:

              ( Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24 )

A Cry of Anguish and a Song of Praise

      "You relied on the Lord," they say, "Why doesn't he save you? If the Lord likes you, why doesn't he help you?"
      It was you who brought me safely through birth, and when I was a baby, you kept me safe.
      All my bones can be seen. My enemies look at me and stare. They gamble for my clothes and divide them among themselves.
      O Lord, don't stay away from me! Come quickly to my rescue! Save me from the sword; save my life from these dogs.
      "Praise him, you servants of the Lord! Honor him, you descen- dants of Jacob! Worship him, you people of Israel! He does not neglect the poor or ignore their suffering; he does not turn away from them, but answers when they call for help."


The 2nd Reading: 

           ( Philippians 2:6-11 )

Christ's Humility and Greatness

      He always had the nature of God, but he did not think that by force he should try to remain equal with God. Instead of this, of his own free will he gave up all he had, and took the nature of a ser- vant. He became like a human being and appeared in human like- ness. He was humble and walked the path of obedience all the way to death - his death on the cross. For this reason God raised him to the highest place above and gave him the name that is greater than any other name. And so, in honor of the name of Jesus all beings in heaven, on earth and in the world below will fall on their knees, and all will openly proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Today's Gospel According to:

( Matthew 21:1-11 )

      As Jesus and his disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to Bethphage at the Mount of Olives. There Jesus sent two of the disciples on ahead with these instructions: "Go to the village there ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied up with her colt beside her. Untie them and bring them to me. And if anyone says anything, tell him, 'The Master needs them'; and he will let them go at once."
      This happened in order to make come true what the prophet had said:
      "Tell the city of Zion, look, your king is coming to you! He is humble and rides on a donkey and on the colt the foal of a donkey."
      So the disciples went and did what Jesus had told them to do: they brought the donkey and the colt, threw their cloaks over them, and Jesus got on. A large crowd of people spread their cloaks on the road while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds walking in front of Jesus and those walking behind began to shout, "Praise to David's Son! God bless him who comes in the name of the Lord! Praise be God!"
      When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was thrown into an uproar. "Who is he?" the people asked.
      "This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee," the crowd answered.

This is the word of the Lord.

An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Patricia Livingston )

      Matthews Gospel says "Branches", while John's Gospel ident- ifies these branches as "Palms." After Florida hurricanes, I have wondered at palm trees still standing when great oaks and pines were toppled and uprooted. My grandson's school project on palms revealed the secret. The roots of a palm do not go straight down into the ground. Multiple fibrous root strands fan out in many di- rections, sometimes spreading great distances.
      The palm frond I saved from Mass used to symbolize for me the hideous reversal of the crowd from triumphal welcoming of Jesus to screaming, "Crucify him!" Now it symbolizes his strength. Rooted in the Father's love, he was able to drink the cup. The gale force winds of his passion did not uproot him, and love brought him to life again.
      Beloved Jesus, how greatful we are that you came to show us we are rooted in that same love.

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 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!


1)  Good News Bible (with Deuterocanonicals/Apocrypha)

2)  Living Faith Daily Devotions

3)  Scripture-Text Datebook

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