Sunday, July 30, 2017

Country Chapel Service...Sunday July 30, 2017 (Today with Christian Songs) - REVISED

Welcome to the
"Country Chapel"
July 30, 2017
Seventeenth Sunday
in Ordinary Time
'Wider, Wiser Perspectives'

Today's Verse:
              ( Psalm 32:11 )

      You that are righteous, be glad and rejoice because of what the Lord has done.

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:

              ( 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12 )

Solomon Prays for Wisdom 

      That night the Lord appeared to him in a dream and asked him, "What would you like me to give you?"
      Solomon answered, "You always showed great love for my father David, your servant, and he was good, loyal, and honest in his relation with you. And you have continued to show him your great and constant love by giving him a son who today rules in his place. O Lord God, you have let me succeed my father as king, even though I am very young and don't know how to rule. Here I am among the people you have chosen to be your own, a people who are so many that they cannot be counted. So give me the wisdom I need to rule your people with justice and to know the difference between good and evil. Otherwise, how would I ever be able to rule this great people of yours?"
      The Lord was pleased that Solomon asked for this, and so he said to him, "Because you have asked for the wisdom to rule justly, instead of long life for yourself or riches or the death of your enemies, I will do what you have asked. I will give you more wisdom and understanding than anyone has ever had before or will ever have again."

Alternate 1st Reading:

            ( Psalm 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-130 )

Devotion to the Law of the Lord

      You are all I want, O Lord; I promise to obey your laws.

The Value of the Law of the Lord

      The law that you gave means more to me than all the money in the world.

The Justice of the Law of the Lord

      Let your constant love comfort me, as you have promised me, your servant. Have mercy on me, and I will live because I take pleasure in your law.

Obedience to the Law of the Lord

      I love your commands more than gold, more than the finest gold. And so I follow all your instructions; I hate all wrong ways.

Desire to Obey the Law of the Lord

      Your teachings are wonderful; I obey them with all my heart. The explanation of your teachings gives light and brings wisdom to the ignorant.

The 2nd Reading:

             ( Romans 8:28-30 )

The Future Glory

      We know that in all things God works for good with those who love him, those whom he has called according to his purpose. Those whom God had already chosen he also set apart to become like his Son, so that the Son would be the first among many believers. And so those whom God set apart, he called; and those he called, he put right with himself, and he shared his glory with them.

 Today's Gospel According to:

           ( Matthew 13:44-52 )

The Parable of the Hidden Treasure

      "The Kingdom of heaven is like this. A man happens to find a treasure hidden in a field. He covers it up again, and is so happy that he goes and sells everything he has, and then goes back and buys that field."

The Parable of the Pearl

      "Also, the Kingdom of heaven is like this. A man is looking for fine pearls, and when he finds one that is unusually fine, he goes and sells everything he has, and buys that pearl."

 The Parable of the Net 

      "Also, the Kingdom of heaven is like this. Some fishermen throw their net out in the lake and catch all kinds of fish. When the net is full, they pull it to shore and sit down to divide the fish: the good ones go into the buckets, the worthless ones are thrown away. It will be like this at the end of the age: the angels will go out and gather up the evil people from among the good and will throw them into the fiery furnace where they will cry and gnash their teeth."

New Truths and Old 

      "Do you understand these things?" Jesus asked them.
      "Yes," they answered.
      So he replied, "This means, then, that every teacher of the Law who becomes a disciple in the Kingdom of heaven is like a home owner who takes new and old things out of his storage room."

This is the word of the Lord

An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Aileene O'Donoghue )

      My way of identifying someone wiser than myself is that they answer my question - or my complaint - from a perspective wider than that from which I ask it. I think that wider perspective is the gift of wisdom and one we must all seek.
      As prayers for patience that seem to be answered by more situ-ations demanding our patience, prayers for wisdom, I believe, are answered by the need for wisdom. I try to look at my life through this lens, particularly when considering my struggles.
      As I pray, I am always asking forgiveness for my flaws. But maybe they are my teachers of wisdom. Maybe I should be greatful for them as I strive to overcome them. Because it is very overcom-ing - the falling and getting up,falling and getting up - that expands our perspective and allows a bit of wisdom to slip in while we're busy doing something else.

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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