Sunday, July 16, 2017

Country Chapel Service...Sunday July 16, 2017 (Today with Traditional Hymns) - REVISED

Welcome to the
"Country Chapel"
July 16, 2017
Sixteenth Sunday
in Ordinary Time
'Joy and Suffering'

 Today's Verse:

          ( John 10:11 )

Jesus the Good Shepherd

      "I am the good shepherd, who is willing to die for the sheep."

Entrance Hymn:

Let Us Pray

Recite The Act of Contrition:

      O my God, I am heartily 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:

            ( Genesis 18:1-10 )

The Descendants of Noah's Sons

      These are the descendants of Noah's sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. These three had sons after the flood.
      The sons of Japheth - Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Me- shech, and Tiras - were the ancestors of the peoples who bear their names. The descendants of Gomer were the people of Ashkenaz. Riphath and Togarmah. The descendants of Javan were the people of Elishah, Spain, Cyprus and Rhodes; they were the ancestors of the people who live along the coast and on the islands. These are the descendants of Japheth, living in their different tribes and coun- tries, each group speaking its own language.
      The sons of Ham - Cush, Egypt, Libya, and Canaan - were the ancestors of the peoples who bear their names. The descendants of Cush were the people of Seba, Havilan, Sabtah, Raamah, and Sabteea. The descendants of Raamah were the people of Sheba and Dedan. Cush had a son named Nimrod, who became the world's first great conqueror. By the Lord's help he was a great hunter, and that is why people say, "May the Lord make you as great a hunter as Nimrod!" At first his kingdom included Babylon, Erech, and Accad, all three of them in Babylonia.

Alternate 1st Reading:

               ( Psalm 15:2-5 )

What God Requires

      Those who obey God in everything and always do what is right, whose words are true and sincere, and who do not slander others. They do no wrong to their friends, nor spread rumors about their neighbors. They despise those whom God rejects, but honor those who obey the Lord. They always do what they promise, no matter how much it may cost. They make loans without charging interest and cannot be bribed to testify against the innocent. 

The 2nd Reading:
            ( Colossians 1:24-28 )

Paul's Work as a Servant of the Church

      And now I am happy about my sufferings for you, for by means of my physical sufferings I am helping to complete what still re-mains of Christ's sufferings on behalf of his body, the church. And I have been made a servant of the church by God, who gave me this task to perform for your good. It is the task of fully proclaiming his message, which is the secret he hid through all past ages from all human beings but has now revealed to his people. God's plan is to make known his secret to his people, this rich and glorious secret which he has for all peoples. And the secret is that Christ is in you, which means that you will share in the glory of God. So we preach Christ to everyone. With all possible wisdom we warn and teach them in order to bring each one into God's presence as a mature in-dividual in union with Christ.

Today's Gospel According to:

             ( Luke 10:38-42 )

Jesus Visits Martha and Mary

      As Jesus and his disciples went on their way, he came to a vil-lage where a woman named Martha welcomed him in her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat down at the feet of the Lord and listened to his teaching. Martha was upset over all the work she had to do, so she came and said, "Lord, don't you care that my sis-ter has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to come and help me!"
      The Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha! You are worried and troubled over so many things, but just one is needed. Mary has chosen the right thing, and it will not be taken away from her."

This is the word of the Lord

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

      The world tells me that the goal of my life should be happiness. This same world has plenty of advice as to how I should achieve this, most of it involving spending money...and certainly avoiding suffering.
      A synonym for happiness is "joy," and Paul uses a form of it here. But wait, what does he say? He rejoices in suffering. How can suffering and joy go together?
      Paul gives a hint, which a few hundred years later St. Francis of Assisi filled out. St. Francis spoke to his companion, Brother Leo, of 'perfect joy." If, upon reaching their destination, they were rejec-ted, called names, beaten and tossed aside, and if they bore it all in peace and mercy, joined to the sufferings of Christ, perfect joy would be theirs.
      Joy, then, for both Paul and Francis, is rooted in nothing but Jesus.
      Jesus, may I joyfully accept whatever life brings my 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:

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

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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