Sunday, October 29, 2017

Country Chapel Service...Sunday Octobe 29, 2017 (Today with Christian Church Songs) - REVISED

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  Welcome to the
"Country Chapel"
Service
 
Sunday October 29, 2017
Thirtieth Sunday
in Ordinary Time
  "Compassion and Welcome"


Today's Verse:

          ( James 4:8 )

Friendship with the World

      Come near to God, and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners! Purify your hearts, you hypocrites!
  
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:

            ( Exodus 22:20-26 )

Moral and Religious Laws

      "Condemn to death anyone who offers sacrifices to any god ex-cept to me, the Lord."
      "Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, remember that you were foreigners in Egypt. Do not mistreat any widow or orphan. If you do, I, the Lord, will answer them when they cry out to me for help, and I will become angry and kill you in war. Your wives will become widows, and your children will be fatherless."
      "If you lend money to any of my people who are poor, do not act like a moneylender and require him to pay interest. If you take someone's cloak as a pledge that he will pay you, you must give it back to him before the sun sets."


Alternate 1st Reading:

              ( Psalm 18:2-4, 47, 51 )

David's Song of Victory

      The Lord is my protector; he is my strong fortress. My God is my protection, and with him I am safe. He protects me like a shield; he defends me and keeps me safe. I call to the Lord, and he saves me from my enemies. Praise the Lord! The danger of death was all around me; the waves of destruction rolled over me.
      He gives me victory over my enemies; he subdues the nations under me.
      He shows constant love to the one he has chosen, to David and his descendants forever.



The 2nd Reading:

          ( 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10 )

The Life and Faith of the Thessalonians

      For we brought the Good News to you, not with words only, but also with the power of the Holy Spirit, and with complete convic-tion of its truth. You know how we lived when we were with you; it was for your own good. You imitated us and the Lord; and even though you suffered much, you received the message with the joy that comes from the Holy Spirit. So you became an example to all believers in Macedonia and Achaia. For not only did the message about the Lord go out from you Throughout Macedonia and Achaia, but the news about your faith in God has gone everywhere. There is nothing, then, that we need to say. All those people speak about how you received us when we visited you, and how you turned away from idols to God, to serve the true and living God and to wait for his Son to come from heaven - his Son Jesus, whom he raised from death and who rescues us from God's anger that is coming.




Today's Gospel According to:

               ( Matthew 22:34-40 )

The Great Commandment

      When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sad-ducees, they came together, and one of them, a teacher of the Law, tried to trap him with a question. "Teacher," he asked, "which is the greatest commandment in the Law?"
      Jesus answered, " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the greatest and the most important commandment. The second most important commandment is like it: ' Love your neighbor as you love your-self.' The whole Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets depend on these two commandments."


  
This is the word of the Lord


An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Mark Neilsen )

       This passage provides an illuminating backdrop to the con-tinuing debate in the United States about how to respond to the im-migrants and refugees among us. That discussion, Scripture re-minds us, is not just a matter of public policy or academic dis-cussion - God will hold us accountable for our response.
      Because Jesus points out that we must love our neighbor as ourselves, it might be helpful to imagine how we would like to be treated as newcomers to a country, assuming that we cannot re-member our own family's immigrant experiences. If circumstances like natural disaster or civil unrest forced you to find a new home, how would you like to be received?
      I would like to find compassion, first of all, some understanding of my predicament and a willingness to help. Accordingly, that seems the least I can offer now.


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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