Sunday, November 26, 2017

Country Chapel Service...Sunday November 26, 2017 (Today with Christian Church Songs) - REVISED

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                Welcome to the
      "Country Chapel"
        Sunday Service
      November 26, 2017
    Thirty-Fourth Sunday
       In Ordinary Time
   "Led by the Shepherd"











Our Lord Jesus Christ - King of the Universe

Today's Verse:

              ( Psalm 119:89 )

Faith in the Law of the Lord

      Your word, O Lord, will last forever; it is eternal in heaven.

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:

              ( Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17 )

The Good Shepherd

      "I, the Sovereign Lord, tell you that I myself will look for my sheep and take care of them in the same way as shepherds take care of their sheep that were scattered and are brought together again. I will bring them back from all the places where they were scattered on that dark, disastrous day. I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will find them a place to rest. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken."
      "I will look for those that are lost, bring back those that wander off, bandage those that are hurt, and heal those that are sick; but those that are fat and strong I will destroy, because I am a shepherd who does what is right."
      "Now then, my flock, I, the Sovereign Lord, tell you that I will judge each of you and separate the good from the bad, the sheep from the goats."

Alternate 1st Reading:

               ( Psalm 23:1-3, 5-6 )

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 re-stores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
      You prepare a table before 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:

                 ( 1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28 )

Our Resurrection

      But the truth is that Christ has been raised from death, as the guarantee that those who sleep in death will also be raised. For just as death came by means of a man, in the same way the rising from death comes by means of a man. For just as all people die because of their union with Adam, in the same way all will be raised to life because of their union with Christ. But each one will be raised in proper order; Christ, first of all; then, at the time of his coming, those who belong to him. Then the end will come; Christ will over-come all spiritual rulers, authorities, and powers, and will hand over the Kingdom to God the Father. For Christ must rule until God defeats all enemies and puts them under his feet. The last enemy to be defeated will be death.
      But when all things have been placed under Christ's rule, then he himself, the Son, will place himself under God, who placed all things under him; and God will rule completely over all.

 
Today's Gospel According to:

                 ( Matthew 25:31-46 )

The Final Judgement

      "When the Son of Man comes as King and all the angels with him, he will sit on a royal throne, and the people of all nations will be gathered before him. Then he will divide them into two groups, just as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the righteous people at his right and the others at his left. Then the King will say to the people on his right, 'Come, you are blessed by my Father! Come and possess the kingdom which has been prepared for you ever since the creation of the world. I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me a drink; I was a stranger and you received me in your homes, naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me, in prison and you visited me.' The righteous will then answer him, 'When, Lord, did we ever see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? When did we ever see you a stranger and welcome you in our homes, or naked and clothe you? When did we ever see you sick or in prison, and visit you?' The King will reply, 'I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these followers of mine, you did it for me!' "
      "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Away from me, you that are under God's curse! Away to eternal fire which has been pre-pared for the Devil and his angels! I was hungry but you would not feed me, thirsty but you would not give me a drink; I was a stranger but you would not welcome me in your homes, naked but you would not clothe me; I was sick and in prison but you would not take care of me.' Then they will answer him, 'When, Lord, did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and we would not help you?' The King will reply, 'I tell you, whenever you refused to help one of these least important ones, you refused to help me.' These, then, will be sent off to eternal pun-ishment, but the righteous will go to eternal life."

 
This is the word of the Lord


An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Sr. Chris Koellhoffer, I.H.M. )

      It seems to me that this is exactly when we're most in need of a trusted leader: on the day of dark clouds. When those threatening hours overshadow our lives, peace is obscured, hope seems a shaky dream and the loving way to move forward appears a steep, taxing, impossible uphill climb.
      How fitting that on this day of celebrating the Christ as the one who ushers in the reign of God, the dominant image in today's readings is that of a shepherd: one who leads by accompaniment, who gives rest to those exhaling a labored breath, who searches for and brings home what was lost, who heals broken hearts and fragile spirits. Perhaps not the kind of kingdon we would have imagined, but surely the kind of shepherding that is at the heart of God' reign.

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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