Sunday, November 5, 2017

Country Chapel Service...Sunday November 5, 2017 (Today with Christian Church Songs) - REVISED

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              Welcome to the
     "Country Chapel"
       Sunday Service
     November 5, 2017
    Thirty-First Sunday
     In Ordinary Time
   "Decisions, Decisions"











Today's Verse:


             ( Psalm 63:1 )


Longing For God

      O God, you are my God, and I long for you. My whole being desires you; like a dry, worn-out, and waterless land, my soul is thirsty for you.



 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:

           ( Malachi 1:14-2:2, 8-10 )

The Lord Reprimands the Priests

      "A curse on the cheater who sacrifices a worthless animal to me, when he has in his flock a good animal that he promised to give me! For I am a great king, and people of all nations fear me."
The Lord Almighty says to priests, "This command is for you: You must honor me by what you do. If you will not listen to what I say, then I will bring a curse on you. I will put a curse on the things you receive for your support. In fact, I have already put a curse on them, because you did not take my command seriously."
      "But now you priests have turned away from the right path. Your teachings has led many to do wrong. You have broken the covenant I made with you. So I, in turn, will make the people of Israel despise you because you do not obey my will, and when you teach my people, you do not treat everyone alike."

The People's Unfaithfulness to God

      Don't we all have the same father? Didn't the same God create us all? Then why do we break our promises to one another, and why do we despise the covenant that God made with our ancestors? 


Alternate 1st Reading:

             ( Psalm 131:1-3 )

A Prayer of Humble Trust

      Lord, I have given up my pride and turned away from my arro-gance. I am not concerned with great matters or with subjects too difficult for me. Instead, I am content and at peace. As a child lies quietly in its mother's arms, so my heart is quiet within me. Israel, trust in the Lord now and forever!


The 2nd Reading:

               ( 1 Thessalonians 2:7-9, 13 )

Paul's Work in Thessalonica

      Even though as apostles of Christ we could have made demands on you. But we were gentle when we were with you, like a mother taking care of her children. Because of our love for you we were ready to share with you not only the Good News from God but even our own lives. You were so dear to us! Surely you remember, our friends, how we worked and toiled! We worked day and night so that we would not be any trouble to you as we preached to you the Good News from God.
      And there is another reason why we always give thanks to God. When we brought you God's message, you heard it and accepted it, not as a message from human beings but as God's message, which indeed it is. For God is at work in you who believe.



Today's Gospel According to:

            ( Matthew 23:1-12 )

Jesus Warns against the Teachers of the Law and the Pharisees 

      Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples. "The teachers of the Law and the Pharisees are the authorized interpre-ters of Moses' Law. So you must obey and follow everything they tell you to do; do not, however, imitate their actions, because they don't practice what they preach. They tie onto people's backs loads that are heavy and hard to carry, yet they aren't willing even to lift a finger to help them carry those loads. They do everything so that people will see them. Look at the straps with scripture verses on them which they wear on their foreheads and arms, and notice how large they are! Notice also how long are the tassels on their cloaks! They love the best places at feasts and the reserved seats in the synagogues; they love to be greeted with respect in the market-places and to have people call them 'Teacher.' You must not be called 'Teacher,' because you are all equal and have only one Teacher. And you must not call anyone here on earth 'Father,' be-cause you have only one Father in heaven. Nor should you be called 'Leader,' because your one and only leader is the Messiah. The greatest one among you must be your servant. Whoever makes himself great will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be made great." 


This is the word of the Lord


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

      As I write this, a drizzly rain is falling outside, wind is lightly gusting, and children who should be in school are wandering around my house.
      Wary of the weather, mindful of the possibility of violent storms, the school system in the area canceled classes for the day. But, of course, no such storms arrived, and of course, parents all around are tearing their hair out.
      I'm aggravated, but I feel for those who must make these dici-sions. They just can't win. If bad weather had arrived and school had been in session, they'd bear the brunt of even greater fury.
      I am surrounded by people just trying to do the right thing. Sometimes we make the right decisions, sometimess the wrong ones. We correct our mistakes, try to do better and bear it all pa-tiently, never forgetting our own limitations and our own missed calls. 
      Lord, may I always choose patience over pride.



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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