Sunday, November 12, 2017

Country Chapel Service...Sunday November 12, 2017 (Today with Christian Church Songs) - REVISED

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              Welcome to the
     "Country Chapel"
       Sunday Service
     November 12, 2017
    Thirty-Second Sunday
     In Ordinary Time
   "Alight With Love"











Today's Verse:

               ( Psalm 145:10 )

A Hymn of Praise 

      All your creatures, Lord, will praise you, and all your people will give you thanks.

 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:

              ( Wisdom 6:12-16 )
{Note: The King James Bible may not have this Book} 
{Deuterocanonicals/Apocrypha}

The Value of Wisdom

      Wisdom shines bright and never grows dim; those who love her and look for her can easily find her. She is quick to make herself known to anyone who desires her. Get up early in the morning to find her, and you will have no problem; you will find her sitting at your door. To fasten your attention on Wisdom is to gain perfect understanding. If you look for her, you will soon find peace of mind, because she will be looking for those who are worthy of her, and she will find you wherever you are. She is kind and will be with you in your every thought.

Alternate 1st Reading:

             ( Psalm 63:2-8 )

Longing for God

      Let me see you in the sanctuary; let me see how mighty and glorious you are. Your constant love is better than life itself, and so I will praise you. I will give you thanks as long as I live; I will raise my hands to you in prayer. My soul will feast and be satisfied, and I will sing glad songs of praise to you.
      As I lie in bed, I remember you; all night long I think of you, because you have always been my help. In the shadow of your wings I sing for joy. I cling to you, and your hand keeps me safe.

 

The 2nd Reading:

              ( 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 )

The Lord's Coming

      Our friends, we want you to know the truth about those who have died, so that you will not be sad, as are those who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will take back with Jesus those who have died believing in him.
      What we are teaching you now is the Lord's teaching: we who are alive on the day the Lord comes will not go ahead of those who have died. There will be the shout of command, the archangel's voice, the sound of God's trumpet, and the Lord himself will come down from heaven. Those who have died believing in Christ will rise to life first; then we who are living at that time will be gathered up along with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord. So then, encourage one another with these words.



Today's Gospel According to:

            ( Matthew 25:1-13 )

The Parable of the Ten Young Women

      "At that time the Kingdom of heaven will be like this. Once there were ten young women who took their oil lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and the other five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any extra oil with them, while the wise ones took containers full of oil for their lamps. The bridegroom was late in coming, so they be-gan to nod and fall asleep."
      "It was already midnight when the cry went out,'Here is the bridegroom! Come and meet him!' The ten young women woke up and trimmed their lamps. Then the foolish ones said to the wise ones, 'Let us have some of your oil, because our lamps are going out.' 'No, indeed,' the wise ones answered, 'there is not enough for you and for us. Go to the store and buy some for yourselves.' So the foolish ones went off to buy some oil; and while they were gone, the bridegroom arrived. The five who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast, and the door was closed."
      "Later the others arrived. 'Sir, sir! Let us in!' they cried out. 'Certainly not! I don't know you,' the bridegroom answered."
      And Jesus concluded, "Watch out, then, because you do not know the day or the hour."


This is the word of the Lord


An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Patricia Livingston )

      A friend with years in parish ministry gave me a new perspec-tive on this parable of the virgins going to meet the bridegroom with their lamps. She suggested that the foolish virgins might not have run out of oil because they were irresponsible; they may have run out of oil because they had taken on too much responsibility. In addition to their role in the wedding, perhaps they were caring for a sick mother and doing all the household work. She said it had taken her years to say "No" to more parish commitments in addition to her family responsibilities. "I've learned that the lamp of my spirit can run out of oil," she said. "I need unhurried prayer, lighthearted family time, sometimes a gentle walk outside to keep a centered sense of God's love alight."
      Jesus, beloved bridegroom, help us keep our lamps alight with your love and go with you into the wedding feast.

 
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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