Sunday, October 8, 2017

Country Chapel Service...Sunday Octobe 8, 2017 (Today with Traditional Hymns) - REVISED

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   Welcome to the
"Country Chapel"
Service
Sunday October 8, 2017
Twenty-Seventh Sunday
in Ordinary Time
"Healing One"

   Heavenly Father we ask that you send your Spirit, the Holy Spirit, to those families who suffer from the loss of a loved one, to heal their sorrow. In Jesus' name we pray.  Amen.


Today's Verse:

             ( 1 John 2:15 ) 

The New Command

      Do not love the world or anything that belongs to the world. If you love the world, you do not love the Father.

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 5:1-7 )

The Song of the Vineyard

      Listen while I sing you this song, a song of my friend and his vineyard:
      My friend had a vineyard on a very fertile hill.
      He dug the soil and cleared it of stones;
      He planted the finest vines.
      He built a tower to guard them,
      Dug a pit for treading the grapes.
      He waited for the grapes to ripen,
      But every grape was sour.
So now my friend says, "You people who live in Jerusalem and Judah, judge between my vineyard and me. Is there anything I failed to do for it? Then why did it produce sour grapes and not the good grapes I expected?
      "Here is what I am going to do to my vineyard. I will take away the hedge around it, break down the wall that protects it, and let the wild animals eat it and trample it down. I will let it be overgrown with weeds. I will not trim the vines or hoe the ground; instead, I will let briers and thorns cover it. I will even forbid the clouds to let rain fall on it."
      Israel is the vineyard of the Lord Almighty; the people of Judah are the vines he planted.

Alternate 1st Reading:

          ( Psalm 80:9, 12-16, 19 )

A Prayer for the Nation's Restoration

      You cleared a place for it to grow; its roots went deep, and it spread out over the whole land.
      Why did you break down the fences around it? Now anyone passing by can steal its grapes; wild hogs trample it down, and wild animals feed on it. Turn to us, Almighty God! Look down from heaven at us; come and save your people! Come and save this grapevine that you planted, this young vine you made grow so strong! Our enemies have set it on fire and cut it down; look at them in anger and destroy them!
      Bring us back, Lord God Almighty. Show us your mercy, and we will be saved.


The 2nd Reading:

             ( Philippians 4:6-9 )

Instruction

      Don't worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. And God's peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus.
      In conclusion, my friends, fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable. Put into practice what you learned and received from me, both from my words and from my actions. And God who gives us peace will be with you.




Today's Gospel According to:

            ( Matthew 21:33-43 )

The Parable of the Tenants in the Vineyard

    "Listen to another parable," Jesus said. "There was once a land-owner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a hole for the vine press, and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to tenants and left home on a trip. When the time came to gather the grapes, he sent his slaves to the tenants to receive his share of the harvest. The tenants grabbed his slaves, beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again the man sent other slaves, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way. Last of all he sent his son to them. 'Surely they will respect my son,' he said. But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, 'This is the owner's son. Come on lets kill him, and we shall get his property!' So they grabbed him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him."
      "Now, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?" Jesus asked.
      "He will certainly kill those evil men," they answered, "and rent the vineyard out to other tenants, who will give him his share of the harvest at the right time."
      Jesus said to them, "Haven't you ever read what the scriptures say?
      'The stone which the builders rejected as worthless
      turned out to be the most important of all
      This was done by the Lord;
      what a wonderful sight it is' "
      "And so I tell you," added Jesus, "the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to the people who will produce the proper fruits."


This is the word of the Lord


An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Sr. Joyce Rupp, O.S.M. )

      Our body constantly needs restoration by sleep, nutrients and exercise. Our spirit also requires care. Unfortunately, we can easily ignore, deny or forget this inner domain because of our spirit's in-  visibility. Emotional distress, troubling memories, loss of spiritual consolation, seemingly endless grief - these and numerous other draining and disturbing aspects of our inferior life require patient tending. 
      We can do this by prayerfully leaning on God and receiving graciously those persons who assist us with their compassionate presence and healing skills. Slowing down our fast-paced life, spending time in nature, read inspiring resources are some other ways we can be restored from our inner depletion. Psalm 80reminds us today to turn toward the very One who can bring about restoration. When our inner realm is waning, let our endless prayer be: "Restore me, Healing One, restore me."   


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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