Sunday, August 20, 2017

Country Chapel Service...Sunday August 20, 2017 (Today with Worship Songs) - REVISED

  
Welcome to the
"Country Chapel"
Service
Sunday
August 20, 2017
Twentieth Sunday
in Ordinary Time
"Canaanite Women in 
Our Lives" 



Today's Verse:

            ( Matthew 5:8 )

The Sermon on the Mount

      "Happy are the pure in heart; they will see God!"


 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 ful- fillment 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:

         ( Isaiah 56:1, 6-7 )

God's People Will Include All Nations

      The Lord says to his people, "Do what is just and right, for soon I will save you."
     And the Lord says to those foreigners who became part of his people, who love him and serve him, who observe the Sabbath and faithfully keep his covenant; "I will bring you to Zion, my sacred hill, give you joy in my house of prayer, and accept the sacrifices you offer on my alter. My Temple will be called a house of prayer for the people of all nations."


Alternate 1st Reading:

            ( Psalm 67:2-3, 5-6, 8 )

A Song of Thanksgiving

      ...So that the whole world may know your will; so that all nations may know your salvation. May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you!
      May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you! The land has produced it's harvest; God, our God, has blessed us. God has blessed us; may all people everywhere honor him.


The 2nd Reading:

              ( Romans 11:13-15, 29-32 )

The Salvation of the Gentiles

      I am speaking now to you Gentiles: As long as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I will take pride in my work. Perhaps I can make the people of my own race jealous, and so be able to save them. For when they were rejected, all other people were changed from God's enemies into his friends. What will it be, then, when they are ac-cepted? It will be life for the dead.
      For God does not change his mind about whom he chooses and blesses. As for you Gentiles, you disobeyed God in the past; but now you have received God's mercy because the Jews were disobe-dient. In the same way, because of the mercy that you have received, the Jews now disobey God, in order that they also may now receive God's mercy. For God has made all people prisoners of disobedience, so that he might show mercy to them all. 



Today's Gospel According to:

              ( Matthew 15:21-28 )

A Woman's Faith
      Jesus left that place and went off to the territory near cities of Tyre and Sidon. A Canaanite woman who lived in that region came to him. "Son of David!" she cried out. "Have mercy on me, sir! My daughter has a demon and is in terrible condition."
      But Jesus did not say a word to her. His disciples came to him and begged him, "Send her away! She is following us and making all this noise!"
      Then Jesus replied, "I have been sent only to the lost sheep of the people of Israel."
      At this the woman came and fell at his feet. "Help me, sir!" she said.
      Jesus answered, "It isn't right to take the children's food and throw it to the dogs."
      "That's true, sir, she answered, "But even the dogs eat the leftovers that fall from their masters' table."
      So Jesus answered her, "You are a woman of great faith! What you want will be done for you." And at that very moment her daughter was healed.
      

This is the word of the Lord


An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti )

      What is remarkable about Jesus' interaction with the Canaanite woman in today's gospel is that he did not send her away. The dis-ciples wanted him to do so; she was not one of their people. She had no right to ask a favor of their Jewish messiah.
      But Jesus did not send her away. He tested her and marveled at her response. Jesus looked beyond gender and race, he saw into the human heart.
      Each of us has our own community where we feel comfortable. It may be based on skin color, social class, gender, political party or nationality. But these are not of ultimate importance. Can you and I look beyond our own group and marvel at the faith of others? Per-haps today God will send a "Canaanite woman" into our lives. Will we recognize the offer of grace, or will we send her away?


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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