Sunday, May 28, 2017

Country Chapel Service...Sunday May 28, 2017 (Today with Traditional Hymns)

    Welcome to the
"Country Chapel"
May 28, 2017
Seventh Sunday
Of Easter
"Together in the 
Upper Room"

Today's Verse:

             ( John 7:37 )

Streams of Life-Giving Water

      On the last and most important day of the festival Jesus stood up and said in a loud voice, "Whoever is thirsty should come to me."

Entrance Hymn:

 The 1st Reading:

                ( Acts 1:12-14 )

Judas' Successor

      Then the apostles went back to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, which is about half a mile away from the city. They entered the city and went up to the room where they were staying; Peter, John, James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Patriot, and Judas son of James. They gathered frequently to pray as a group, together with the women and with Mary the mother of Jesus and with his brothers.

Alternate 1st Reading:

               ( Psalm 27:1, 4, 7-8 )

A Prayer of Praise

      The Lord is my light and my salvation; I will fear no one. The Lord protects me from all danger; I will never be afraid.
      I have asked the Lord for one thing; one thing only do I want; to live in the Lord's house all my life, to marvel there at his goodness, and to ask for his guidance.
      Hear me, Lord, when I call to you! Be merciful and answer me! When you said, "Come worship me," I answered, "I will come Lord."

The 2nd Reading:

              ( 1 Peter 4:13-16 )

Suffering as a Christian

      Rather be glad that you are sharing Christ's suffering, so that you may be full of joy when his glory is revealed. Happy are you if you are insulted because you are Christ's followers; this means that the glorious Spirit, the Spirit of God, is resting on you. If you suffer, it must not be because you are a murderer or a thief or a criminal or a meddler in other people's affairs. However, if you suffer because you are a Christian, don't be ashamed of it, but thank God that you bear Christ's name.

Today's Gospel According to:

               ( John 17:1-11 )

Jesus Prays for His Disciples

      After Jesus finished saying this, he looked up to heaven and said, "Father, the hour has come. Give glory to your Son, so that the Son may give glory to you. For you gave him authority over all people, so that he might give eternal life to all those you gave him. And eternal life means to know you, the only true God, and to know Jesus Christ, whom you sent. I have shown your glory on earth; I have finished the work you gave me to do. Father! Give me glory in your presence now, the same glory I had with you before the world was made."
      "I have made you known to those you gave me out of the world. They belonged to you, and you gave them to me. They have obeyed your word, and now they know that everything you gave me comes from you. I gave them the message that you gave me, and they received it; they know that it is true that I came from you, and they believe that you sent me."
      "I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those you gave me, for they belong to you. All I have is yours, and all you have is mine; and my glory is shown through them. And now I am coming to you; I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world. Holy Father! Keep them safe by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one just as you and I are one." 

 This is the word of the Lord.

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

      The intensity of the sequence of events for the apostles, Mary, and the others with them is almost beyond imagining. After the stunning transitions from the crucifixion to the resurrection, from Jesus' appearances for 40 days to his disappearance into the clouds at his ascension, I picture them returning, slipping exhausted into almost wordless prayer. What I find heartening is that they had each other. In this time between everything they had known before and the vast unknown ahead, they were praying together in the familiar space of the upper room.
      All of us go through major transitions, sometimes reversals, that leaves us shocked and bewildered.
       Beloved God, when we are thrust into the unknown, hold us in the upper room of your loving heart. Help us trust that, like the apostles, somehow you Spirit will show us the way.

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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