Sunday, July 23, 2017

Country Chapel Service...Sunday July 23, 2017 (Today with Christian Songs) - REVISED

 
Welcome to the
"Country Chapel"
Service
Sunday
July 23, 2017
Seventeenth Sunday
in Ordinary Time
'Strength in Weakness'




Today's Verse:

        ( Jeremiah 23:29 )

Jeremiah's Message about the Prophets

      My message is like a fire and a hammer that breaks rocks in pieces.

 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 19:20-32 )

Lot Leaves Sodom

      But Lot answered, "No, please don't make us do that, sir. You have done me a great favor and saved my life. But the hills are too far away; the disaster will over take me, and I will die before I get there. Do you see that little town? It is near enough. Let me go over there - you can see it is just a small place - and I will be safe."
      He answered, "All right, I agree. I won't destroy that town. Hurry! Run! I can't do anything until you get there."
      Because Lot called it small, the town was named Zoar.

The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah

      The sun was rising when Lot reached Zoar. Suddenly the Lord rained burning sulfer on the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and de-stroyed them and the whole valley, along with all the people there and everything that grew on the land. But Lot's wife looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt.
      Early the next morning Abraham hurried to the place where he had stood in the presence of the Lord. He looked down at Sodom and Gomorrah and the whole valley and saw smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a large furnace. But when God destroyed the cities of the valley where Lot was living, he kept Abraham in mind and all0wed Lot to escape to safety.

The Origin of the Moabites and Ammonites

      Because Lot was afraid to stay in Zoar, he and his two daugh-ters moved up into the hills and lived in a cave. The older daughter said to her sister, "Our father is getting old, and there are no men in the whole world to marry us so that we can have children. Come on, let's get our father drunk, so that we can sleep with him."
  
Alternate 1st Reading:

            ( Psalm 138:1-3, 6-8 )

A Prayer of Thanksgiving

      I thank you, Lord, with all my heart; I sing praise to you before the gods. I face your holy Temple, bow down, and praise your name because of your constant love and faithfulness, because you have shown that your name and your commands are supreme. You answered me when I called to you; with your strength you strengthened me.
      Even though you are so high above, you care for the lowly, and the proud cannot hide from you. When I am surrounded by trou-bles, You oppose my angry enemies and save me by your power. You will do everything you have promised; Lord, your love is eternal. Complete the work that you have begun.


The 2nd Reading:

            ( Colossians 2:12-14 )

Fullness of Life in Christ

      For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ through your faith in the active power of God, who raised him from death. You were at one time spiritually dead because of your sins and because you were Gentiles without the Law. But God has now brought you to life with Christ. God forgave us all our sins; he canceled the unfa-vorable record of our debts with its binding rules and did away with it completely by nailing it to the cross.


 
Today's Gospel According to:
              ( Luke 11:1-13 )

Jesus' Teaching on Prayer

      One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples."
      Jesus said to them, "When you pray, say this; 'Father: May your holy name be honored; may you Kingdom come. Give us day by day the food we need. Forgive us our sins, for we forgive everyone who does us wrong. And do not bring us to hard testing.' "
      And Jesus said to his disciples, "Suppose one of you should go to a friend's house at midnight and say, "Friend, let me borrow three loaves of bread. A friend of mine who is on a trip has just come to my house, and I don't have any food for him!' And suppose your friend should answer from inside, 'Don't bother me! The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can't get up and give you anything.' Well, what then? I tell you that even if he will not get up and give you the bread because you are his friend, yet he will get up and give you everything you need because you are not ashamed to keep on asking. And so I say to you: Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to anyone who knocks. Would any of you who are fathers give your son a snake when he asks for a fish? Or would you give him a scor-pion when he asks for an egg? As bad as you are, you know how to give good things to your children. How much more, then, will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"

 
This is the word of the Lord


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

      What a wonderful promise! We don't have to face life's difficul-ties by ourselves. When we are confused, the Holy Spirit leads us with his guidance. When we are weak, the Holy Spirit upholds us with divine strength. These are all signs of God's compassionate presence with us.
      We're not in control of our lives as much as we might like to be. Things don't always turn out as we hope. We fail in some areas where we try so hard to succeed. These are painful situations that don't sit well with our egos. And yet, there is a great blessing here. If we were always successful by ourselves, we wouldn't be open to the joy of our partnership with God. It's our weakness that opens us up to God's power and love.
      Thank you, Lord, for making use even of my weakness and failures.


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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