Sunday, October 15, 2017

Country Chapel Service...Sunday Octobe 15, 2017 (Today with Traditional Hymns) - REVISED

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Welcome to the
"Country Chapel"
Service
Sunday October 15, 2017
Twenty-Eighth Sunday
in Ordinary Time
"Real Strength"







Today's Verse:
              ( Psalm 90:12 )
Of God and Human Beings
      Teach us how short our life is, so that we may become wise.

 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 25:6-10 )

God Prepares a Banquet

      Here on Mount Zion the Lord Almighty will prepare a banquet for all the nations of the world - a banquet of the riches food and finest wine. Here he will suddenly remove the cloud of sorrow that has been hanging over all nations. The Sovereign Lord will destroy death forever! He will wipe away the tears from everyone's eyes and take away the disgrace his people have suffered throughout the world. The Lord himself has spoken.
      When it happens, everyone will say, "He is our God! We have put our trust in him, and he has rescued us. He is the Lord! We have put our trust in him, and now we are happy and joyful because he has saved us."
God Will Punish Moab  
      The Lord will protect Mount Zion, but the people of Moab will be trampled down the way straw is trampled in manure.

Alternate 1st Reading:
               ( Psalm 23:1-6 )
The Lord Our Shepherd
      The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
      Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
      Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord.

The 2nd Reading:

               ( Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20 )

Thanks for the Gift

      I know what it is to be in need and what it is to have more than enough. I have learned this secret, so that anywhere, at any time, I am content, whether I am full or hungry, whether I have too much or too little. I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ gives me.
      But it was very good of you to help me in my troubles.
      And with all his abundant wealth through Christ Jesus, my God will supply all your needs. To our God and Father be the glory for-ever and ever!  Amen.




Today's Gospel According to:
             ( Matthew 22:1-14 )
The Parable of the Wedding Feast
      Jesus again used parables in talking to the people. "The King-dom of heaven is like this. Once there was a king who prepared a wedding feast for his son. He sent his servants to tell the invited guests to come to the feast, but they did not want to come. So he sent other servants with this message for the guests: 'My feast is ready now; my steers and prize calves have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast!' But invited quests paid no attention and went about their business; one went to his farm, another to his store, while others grabbed the servants, beat them, and killed them. The king was verry angry; so he sent his soldiers , who killed those murderers and burned down their city. Then he called his servants and said to them, 'My wedding feast is ready, but the people I invited did not deserve it. Now go to the main streets and invite to the feast as many people as you find.' So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, good and bad alike; and the wedding hall was filled with people.
      "The king went in to look at the guests and saw a man who was  not wearing wedding clothes. 'Friend, how did you get in here with-out wedding clothes?' the king asked him. But the man said nothing. Then the king told his servants, 'Tie him up hand and foot, and throw him outside in the dark. There he will cry and gnash his teeth.' "
      And Jesus concluded, "Mary are invited, but few are chosen." 

This is the word of the Lord


An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Fr. James Stephen Behrens, O.C.S.O. )

      In the prime of life, we rely on the strength that we have to either overcome or live with these obstacles that come our way. But there comes a time when the strength that was once natural to us gives way to the weakening effects of age. We grow old, missing the strength of our younger years. While we can be helped through our days by the kind strength offered by others, the weakening of our bodies can awaken in us a need for the strength that is God's presence in our lives. It is not at all uncommon to see the elderly embrace the strength that comes from prayer, from being still and from having the need to hold fast to God.
      Our physical strength will never be what it used to be in our younger years. But in our weakened state, we will find it easier to find our real and lasting strength in God.

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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