Sunday, June 4, 2017

Country Chapel Service...Sunday June 4, 2017 (Today with Traditional Hymns) - REVISED

   
 

Welcome to the
"Country Chapel"
Service
Sunday
June 4, 2017
Pentecost Sunday
"Little Changes,
Each Day!"




Today's Verse:

             ( 2 Corinthians 5:5 )

Living by Faith

      "God is the one who has prepared us for this change, and He gave us his Spirit as a guarantee of all that He has in store for us." 



 Entrance Hymn:




Let Us Pray

Recite The Act of Contrition:

      O my God, I am heartly sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest in all my sins, not only because of the loss of heaven and the pains of hell, but because they offended You, my God, who art all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to confess my sins, do penance, and amend my life.  Amen
 

Recite The Apostles Creed:

      I believe in God, the Father Almighty. Creator of heaven and earth. I believe 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 rose again in fulfillment of the scriptures. He ascended into Heaven and sits at the right side 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.



The 1st Reading:
           ( Acts 2:1-11 )
The Coming of the Holy Spirit 
      When the day of Pentecost came, all the believers were ga-      thered together in one place. Suddenly there was a noise from the sky which sounded like a strong wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire which spread out and touched each person there. They were all filled will the Holy Spirit and began to talk in other languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak.
      There were Jews living in Jerusalem, religious people who had come from every country in the world. When they heard this noise, a large crowd gathered. They were all excited, because all of them heard the believers talking in their own languages. In amazement and wonder they exclaimed, "These people who are talking like this are Galileans! How is it, then, that all of us hear them speaking in our own native languages? We are from Parthia, Media, and Elam; from Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia; from Pontus and Asia, from Phrygia and Pamphylia, from Egypt and the regions of Libya near Cyrene. Some of us are from Rome, both Jews and Gentiles converted to Judaism, and some of us are from Crete and Arabia - yet all of us hear them speaking in our own languages about the great things that God has done!"
  
Alternate 1st Reading:
           ( Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34 )
In Praise of the Creator
     Praise the Lord, my soul! O Lord, my God, how great you are! You are clothed wist majesty and glory. Lord, you have made so many things! How wisely you made them all! The earth is filled with your creatures.
      When you turn away, they are afraid; when you take away your breath, they die and go back to the dust from which they came. But when you give them breath, they are created; you give new life to the earth.
      May the glory of the Lord last forever! May the Lord be happy with what he has made! May he be pleased with my song, for my gladness comes from him.

The 2nd Reading:

             ( 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13 )
Gifts from the Holy Spirit
      I want you to know that no one who is led by God's Spirit can say, "A curse on Jesus!" and no can confess, "Jesus is Lord," without being guided by the Holy Spirit.
      There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit gives them. There are different ways of serving, but the same Lord is served. There are different abilities to perform service, but the same God gives ability to all for their particular service. The Spirit's presence is shown in the same way in each person for the good of all.

One Body with Many Parts
      Christ is like a single body, which has many parts; it is still one body, even though it is made up of different parts. In the same way, all of us, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether slaves or free, have been baptized into the one body by the same Spirit, and we have all been given the one Spirit to drink.




 Today's Gospel According to:

               ( John 20:19-23 )
Jesus Appears to His Disciples
      It was late that Sunday evening, and the disciples were gathered together behind locked doors, because they were afraid of the Jew- ish authorities. The 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."

This is the word of the Lord


An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Deborah Meister )

      This Psalm reveals the mystery of how our world is being transformed. The breath of God has given us life and keeps us alive. God renews the earth when the Spirit is sent forth through our daily living.
      I actually took a breath as I read the Psalm - or more like a gasp of breath. God renews creation and transforms the ordinary into ex- traordinary through our lives! Sounds huge, as if we should be able to see, taste, smell, feel and hear a giant change as war, poverty and mean-spiritedness disappear.
      I admit that I notice little changes each day, don't you? Before I speak to someone or begin a conversation I'm afraid of having, I pray, "Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful..." And then, I notice a significant change-in me. God takes care of the rest.
      Lord Jesus, send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth.

    
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:





The Following is a Contribution From One
 of the "Country Chapel" Followers: 

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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