Sunday, September 24, 2017

Country Chapel Service...Sunday September 24, 2017 (Today with Christian Hymns) - REVISED

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Welcome to the
"Country Chapel"
Service
Sunday September 17, 2017
Twenty-Fourth Sunday
in Ordinary Time
"Do-Over"







Today's Verse:

           ( John 17:23 )

      I in them and you in me, so that they may be completely one, in order that the world may know that you sent me and that you love them as you love me.


 Entrance Hymn:


Let Us Pray

Recite The Doxology:

      Glory be to the Father, to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.  Amen.
 

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 55:6-9 )

      God's Offer of Mercy

      Turn to the Lord and pray to him, now that he is near. Let the wicked leave their way of life and change their way of thinking. Let them turn to the Lord, our God; he is merciful and quick to forgive. "My thoughts," says the Lord, "are not like yours, and my ways are different from yours. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are my ways and thoughts above yours."

Alternate 1st Reading:

              ( Psalm 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18 )

A Hymn of Praise

      Every day I will thank you; I will praise you forever and ever. The Lord is great and is to be highly praised; his greatness is be-yond understanding.
      The Lord is loving and merciful, slow to become angry and full of constant love. He is good to everyone and has compassion on all he made.
      The Lord is righteous in all he does, merciful in all his acts. He is near to those who call to him, who will call to him with sincerity.


The 2nd Reading:

              ( Philippians 1:20-24, 27 )

To Live in Christ

      My deep desire and hope is that I shall never fail in my duty, but that at all times, and especially right now, I shall be full of courage, so that with my whole being I shall bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die. For what is life? To me, it is Christ. Death, then, will bring more. But if by continuing to live I can do more worthwhile work, then I am not sure which I should choose. I am pulled in two directions. I want very much to leave this life and be with Christ, which is a far better thing; but for your sake it is much more important that I remain alive.
      Now, the important thing is that your way of life should be as the gospel of Christ requires, so that, whether or not able to go and see you, I will hear that you are standing firm with one common purpose and that with only one desire you are fighting together for the faith of the gospel.



Today's Gospel According to:

              ( Matthew 20:1-16 )

The Workers in the Vineyard

      "The Kingdom of heaven is like this. Once there was a man who went out early in the morning to hire some men to work his vineyard. He agreed to pay them the regular wage, a silver coin a day, and sent them to work in his vineyard. He went out again to the marketplace at nine o'clock and saw some men standing there doing nothing, so he told them, 'You also go and work the vine-yard, and I will pay you a fair wage.' So they went. Then at twelve o'clock and at three o'clock he did the same thing. It was nearly five o'clock when he went to the marketplace and saw some other men still standing there. 'Why are you wasting the whole day here doing nothing?' he asked them. 'No one hired us,' they answered. 'Well, then, you go and work in the vineyard,' he told them."
      "When evening came, the owner told his foreman, 'Call the workers and pay them their wages, starting with those who were hired last and ending with those who were hired first.' The men who had begun to work at five o'clock were paid a silver coin each. So when the men who were the first to be hired came to be paid, they thought they would get more; but they too were given a silver coin each. They took their money and started grumbling against the employer. 'These men who were hired last worked only one hour,' they said, 'while we put up with a whole day's work in the hot sun - yet you paid them the same as you paid us!' 'Listen, friend,' the owner answered one of them, 'I have not cheated you. After all, you agreed to do a day's work for one silver coin. Now take your pay and go home. I want to give this man who was hired last as much as I gave you. Don't I have the right to do as I wish with my own money? Or are you jealous because I am generous?' "
      And Jesus concluded, "So those who were last will be first, and those who were first will be last."


This is the word of the Lord


An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Amy Welborn )

      As a word person, I have always loved word games, especially, Scrabble. I was recently introduced to another game that is similar but different.
      I wasn't too good at it until I realized what was holding me back. In Scrabble, what you build has to remain the way you orig-inally set it. But that is not so in this game. If you need to, you can tear everything up and start from scratch. I still forget that at times, and it is so freeing to realize, "I don't have to stay with this. I can start completely over."
      I can get set in my ways, habits, and sins. What a freeing mo-ment is it to realize that it doesn't have to be this way. I can start over. I will have to do some rearranging, but what a relief it is to lift my heart up to God as I begin again in his ways, letting go of the limits of my own.
      Lord, may my thoughts align with yours more every day.


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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