Sunday, July 9, 2017

Country Chapel Service...Sunday July 9, 2017 (Today with Contemporay Hymns) - REVISED

Welcome to the
"Country Chapel"
July 9, 2017
Fifteenth Sunday
in Ordinary Time
What Does God 
Desire of US?

 Today's Verse:

             ( Matthew 9:36 )

      As he saw the crowds, his heart was filled with pity for them, because they were worried and helpless, like sheep without a shep-herd. 

 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:

             ( Deuteronomy 30:10-14 )

Conditions for Restoration and Blessing 

      But you will have to obey him and keep all his laws that are written in this book of his teachings. You will have to turn to him with all your heart.
      "The command that I am giving you today is not too difficult or beyond your reach. It is not up in the sky. You do not have to ask, 'Who will go up and bring it down for us, so that we can hear it and obey it?' Nor is it on the other side of the ocean. You do not have to ask, 'Who will go across the ocean and bring it to us, so that we may hear it and obey it?'
      No, it is here with you. You know it and can quote it, so now obey it.

 Alternate 1st Reading:

               ( Psalm 69:14, 17, 30-31, 33-34, 36-37 )

A Cry for Help

      Save me from sinking in the mud; keep me safe from my ene- mies, safe from deep water. Don't hide yourself from your servant; I am in great trouble - answer me now!
      I will praise God with a song; I will proclaim his greatness by giving him thanks. This will please the Lord more than offering him cattle, more than sacrificing a full grown bull.
      The Lord listens to those in need and does not forget his people in prison. Praise God, O heaven and earth, seas and all creatures in them. His people will live there and possess the land; the descendants of his servants will inherit it, and those who love him will live there.

The 2nd Reading:

              ( Colossians 1:15-20 )

The Person and Work of Christ

      Christ is the visible likeness of the invisible God. He is the the first-born Son, superior to all created things. For through him God created everything in heaven and on earth, the seen and the unseen things, including spiritual powers, lords, rulers, and authorities. God created the whole universe through him and for him. Christ existed before all things, and in union with him all thins have their proper place. He is the head of his body, the church; he is the source of the body's life. He is the first-born Son, who was raised from death, in order that he alone might have the first place in all things. For it was by God's own decision that the Son has in himself the full nature of God. Through the Son, then, God decided to bring the whole universe back to himself. God made peace through his Son's blood on the cross and so brought back to himself all things, both on earth and in heaven.

Today's Gospel According to:

              ( Luke 10:25-37 )

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

      A teacher of the Law came up and tried to trap Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to receive eternal life?"
      Jesus answered him, "What do the Scriptures say? How do you interpret them?"
      The man answered, " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your mind'; and 'Love your neighbor as you love yourself.' "
      "You are right," Jesus replied; "do this and you will live."
      But the teacher of the Law wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, "Who is my neighbor?"
      Jesus answered, "There was once a man who was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho when robbers attacked him, stripped him, and beat him up, leaving him half dead. It so happened that a priest was going down that road; but when he saw the man, he walked on the other side. In the same way a Levite also came there, went over and looked at the man, and then walked on by on the other side. But a Samaritan who was traveling that way came upon the man, and when he saw him, his heart was filled with pity. He went over to him, poured oil and wine on his wounds and bandaged them; then he put the man on his own animal and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Take care of him,' he told the innkeeper, 'and when I come back this way, I will pay you whatever else you send on him.' "
   And Jesus concluded, "In your opinion, which one of these three acted like a neighbor toward the man attacked by the robbers?"
      The teacher of the Law answered, "The one who was kind to him."
      Jesus replied, "You go, then, and do the same."   

This is the word of the Lord

An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Sr. Melannie Svoboda, S.N.D. )

      What does God desire of us? Today's readings help answer that question. Deuteronomy says we don't have to go high up in the sky or far across the sea to discover God's will for us. It is in our hearts. It is in the specific circumstances of our everyday life. St. Paul gives another clue. Although God may be invisible, he says, Jesus is not. In fact, Jesus is the very "image of the invisible God" (Colossians 1:15). We have only to look to Jesus - his life and his teachings - to discover God's will for us.
      And finally, Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan gives a concrete example of what God desires of us - compassion. And what is compassion? It is love made visible. It is putting aside our own prejudices and agenda to help someone in need. It is going out of our way, sharing resources, opting for tenderness.
      Good and gracious God, help me to listen to my heart, to follow Jesus and to make compassion visible in my life.

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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