Sunday, August 27, 2017

Country Chapel Service...Sunday August 27, 2017 (Today with Worship Songs) - REVISED

Welcome to the
"Country Chapel"
August 20, 2017
Twenty-First Sunday
in Ordinary Time
"Practicing Gratitude"

Today's Verse:

             ( Zechariah 14:9 )

Jerusalem and the Nations

      Then the Lord will be king over all the earth; everyone will worship him as God and know him by the same name.

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 19:19-23 )

Egypt Will Worship the Lord

      When that time comes, there will be an alter to the Lord in the land of Egypt and a stone pillar dedicated to him at the Egyptian border. They will be symbols of the Lord Almighty's presence in Egypt. When the people there are oppressed and call out to the Lord for help, he will send someone to rescue them. The Lord will reveal himself to the Egyptian people, and they will acknowledge and worship him, and bring him sacrifices and offerings. They will make solemn promises to him and do what they promise. The Lord will punish the Egyptians, but then he will heal them. They will turn to him, and he will hear their prayers and heal them.
      When that time comes, there will be a highway between Egypt and Assyria. The people of these two countries will travel back and forth between them, and the two nations will worship together.

Alternate 1st Reading:

             ( Psalm 138:1-3, 6, 8 )

In Praise of the Temple

      Lord, do not forget David and all the hardships he endured. Remember, Lord, what he promised, a vow he made to you, the Mighty God of Jacob: "I will not go home or go to bed; 
      In Bethlehem we heard about the Covenant Box, and we found it in the fields of Jearim.
      Come to the Temple, Lord, with the Covenant Box, the symbol of your power, and stay here forever.

The 2nd Reading:

             ( Romans 11:33-36 )

Praise to God

      How great are God's riches! How deep are his wisdom and knowledge! Who can explain his decisions? Who can understand his ways? As the scripture says, "Who knows the mind of the Lord? Who is able to give him advice? Who has ever given him anything, so that he had to pay it back?"
      For all things were created by him, and all things exist through him and for him. To God be the glory forever! Amen.

Today's Gospel According to:

            ( Matthew 13:13-23 )

The Purpose of the Parables

      "The reason I use parables in talking to them is that they look, but do not see, and they listen, but do not hear or understand. So the prophecy of Isaiah applies to them: 'This people will listen, but not understand; they will look and look, but not see, because their minds are dull, and they have stopped up their ears and have closed their eyes. Otherwise, their eyes would see, their ears would hear, their minds would understand, and they would turn to me, says God, and I would heal them.' "
      "As for you, how fortunate you are! Your eyes see and your ears hear. I assure you that many prophets and many of God's people wanted very much to see what you see, but they could not, and to hear what you hear, but they did not."

Jesus Explains the Parable of the Sower

      "Listen, then, and learn what the parable of the sower means. Those who hear the message about the Kingdom but do not understand it are like the seeds that fell along the path. The Evil One comes and snatches away what was sown in them. The seeds that fell on rocky ground stand for those who receive the message gladly as soon as they hear it. But it does not sink deep into them, and they don't last long. So when trouble or persecution comes because of the message, they give up at once. The seeds that fell among thorn bushes stand for those who hear the message; but worries about this life and love for riches choke the message, and they don't bear fruit. And the seeds sown in good soil stand for those who hear the message and understand it; They bear fruit, some as much as one hundred, others, sixty, and others thirty." 

This is the word of the Lord

An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Kristin Armstrong )

      The most profound changes in my faith life began several years ago when I started a gratitude practice.
      Every morning I write in my gratitude journal - ten things I am thankful for and why. My list includes the biggest blessings and the simplest things. I am grateful for a hot bath because it reminds me of God's warmth and love.
      When I first started this practice, I began to deeply realize all the good things God puts in my life on a regular basis. The little irritations had less impact on me. I began to thank God in advance rather than make petitions. Sometimes I can even muster the mustard seed to thank God for the things I don't like and don't want. This is the biggest change of all.
      I am thankful for setbacks or disappointments because I trust that God has something so much better on the way. I am thankful for the practice of gratitude because it changes 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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