Sunday, August 13, 2017

Country Chapel Service...Sunday August 13, 2017 (Today with Christian Songs) - REVISED

 
Welcome to the
"Country Chapel"
Service
Sunday
August 13, 2017
Nineteenth Sunday
in Ordinary Time
'The Fourth Watch'




 
Musical Interlude with Johnny Cash
(Children and Help Me) 


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Today's Verse:

               ( Psalm 3:3 )

Morning Prayer for Help

      But you, O Lord, are always my shield from danger, you give me victory and restore my courage.


 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 19:9, 11-13 )

Elijah on Mount Sinai
      There he went into a cave to spend the night.
      "Go out and stand before me on top of the mountain," the Lord said to him. Then the lord passed by and sent a furious wind that split the hills and shattered the rocks - but the Lord was not in the wind. The wind stopped blowing, and then there was an earthquake - but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was a fire. And after the fire there was the soft whisper of a voice.
      When Elijah heard it, he covered his face with his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. A voice said to him, "Elijah, what are you doing here?"


 Alternate 1st Reading:

            ( Psalm 85:9-14 )

A Prayer for the Nation's Welfare

      Surely he is ready to save those who honor him, and his saving presence will remain in our land. Love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will embrace. Human loyalty will reach up from the earth, and God's righteousness will look down from heav-en. The Lord will make us prosperous, and our land will produce rich harvests. Righteousness will go before the Lord and prepare the path for him.


The 2nd Reading:

               ( Romans 9:1-5 )

God and His People

      I am speaking the truth; I belong to Christ and I do not lie. My conscience, ruled by the Holy Spirit, also assures me that I am not lying when I say how great is my sorrow, how endless the pain in my heart for my people, my own flesh and blood! For their sake I could wish that I myself were under God's curse and separated from Christ. They are God's people, he made them his children and re-vealed his glory to them; he made his covenants with them and gave them the Law; they have the true worship; they have received God's promises; they are descended from the famous Hebrew ancestors; and Christ, as a human being, belongs to their race. My God, who rules over all, be praised forever! Amen.




Today's Gospel According to:

              ( Matthew 14:22-33 )

Jesus Walks on the Water

      Then Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people away. After sending the people away, he went up a hill by himself to pray. When evening came, Jesus was there alone; and by this time the boat was far out in the lake, tossed about by the waves, because the wind was blowing against it.
      Between three and six o'clock in the morning Jesus came to the disciples, walking on the water, When they saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. "It's a ghost!" they said, and screamed with fear.
      Jesus spoke to them at once. "Courage!" he said. "It is I. Don't be afraid!"
      Then Peter spoke up. "Lord, if it is really you, order me to come out on the water to you."
      "Come!" answered Jesus. So Peter got out of the boat and star-ted walking on the water to Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he was afraid and started to sink down in the water. "Save me, Lord!" he cried.
      At once Jesus reached out and grabbed hold of him and said, "What little faith you have! Why did you doubt?"
      They both got into the boat, and the wind died down. Then the disciples in the boat worshiped Jesus. "Truly you are the Son of God!" they exclaimed.


This is the word of the Lord


An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Fr. James McKarns )

      The Romans divided the night into four watches os three hours each. the watches extended from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. The fourth watch was from 3 to 6 a.m. It was during the fourth watch that Jesus came walking on the water to rescue his frightened apostles who were in their boat, struggling to survive a severe storm.
      Jesus got into the boat to calm the sea and their fears. I received a new insight into this story when I attended a lecture by the famous Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. She said it's an ideal time to visit the hospital between 3 and 6 in the morning - a dark and lonely time when sleeping pills wear off. Then the patients often experience depressive worries about their health, their families and their future. We hope the ill, injured or those who are afraid will find courage, knowing Jesus still walks to them "during the fourth watch."


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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