Sunday, December 3, 2017

Country Chapel Service...Sunday December 3, 2017 (Today with Christian Church Songs) - REVISED

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                Welcome to the
      "Country Chapel"
        Sunday Service

              December 3, 2017
           First Sunday
             Of Advent

   "Speed and Strength"

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Today's Verse:

             ( John 6:35 )

Jesus the Bread of Life 

      "I am the bread of life," Jesus told them. "Those who come to me will never be hungry; those who believe in me will never be thirsty."

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 63:16-17, 19; 64:2-7 )

A Prayer for Mercy and Help

      You are our father. Our ancestors Abraham and Jacob do not ac-knowledge us, but you, Lord, are our father, the one who has al-ways rescued us. Why do you let us stray from your ways? Why do you make us so stubborn that we turn away from you? Come back, for the sake of those who serve you, for the sake of the people who have always been yours.
      You treat us as though you had never been our ruler, as though we had never been your people.
      They would tremble like water boiling over a hot fire. Come and reveal you power to your enemies, and make the nations trem-ble at your presence! There was a time when you came and did terrifying things that we did not expect; the mountains saw you and shook with fear. No one has ever seen or heard of a God like you, who does such deeds for those who put their hope in him. You wel-come those who find joy in doing what is right, those who remember how you want them to live. You were angry with us, but we went on sinning in spite of your great anger. We have continued to do wrong since ancient times. All of us have been sinful; even our best actions are filthy through and through. Because of our sins we are like leaves that wither and are blown away with the wind. No one turns to you in prayer; no one goes to you for help. You have hidden yourself from us and have abandoned us because of our sins.

Alternate 1st Reading:

          ( Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19 )

A Prayer for the Nation's Restoration

      Reveal yourself to the tribes of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manas-seh. Show us your strength; come and save us! Bring us back, O God! Show us your mercy, and we will be saved!
      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!
      We will never turn away from you again; keep us alive, and we will praise you. Bring us back, Lord God Almighty. Show us your mercy, and we will be saved.

The 2nd Reading:

              ( 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 )

Blessings in Christ

      May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
      I always give thanks to my God for you because of the grace he has given you through Christ Jesus. For in union with Christ you have become rich in all things, including all speech and all know-ledge. The message about Christ has become so firmly established in you that you have not failed to receive a single blessing, as you wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be faultless on the Day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is to be trusted, the God who called you to have fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Today's Gospel According to:

           ( Mark 13:33-37 )

No One Knows the Day or Hour

      "No one knows, however, when that day or hour will come - neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son; only the Father knows. Be on watch, be alert, for you do not know when the time will come. It will be like a man who goes away from home on a trip and leaves his servants in charge, after giving to each one his own work to do and after telling the doorkeeper to keep watch, Watch, them, because you do not know when the master of the house is coming - it might be in the evening or at midnight or before dawn or at sun-rise. If he comes suddenly, he must not find you asleep. What I say to you, then, I say to all: Watch!"

This is the word of the Lord

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

      Last March, heavily scheduled deadlines and commitments pressed upon me. During the first week, I decided to entrust every single thing I did into God's hands. I tried to engage with each event calmly. When a day necessitated "hurry up," I moved through it with the assurance of divine strength supporting me. After March had ended, I looked back with gratitude, seeing how all had gone well. Peace had kept a stronghold upon me. As we enter into Advent, I remember how confidence in the power of God's pres-ence helped me. For many who read this reflection, Advent will have a lot of "push and hurry." You will try to go slowly but will likely find that you cannot always do so. Sometimes you'll have to speed up because of demanding tasks. When you cannot alter the pace, be sure to give yourself into God's care. Receive the benefits of the Beloved One's presence.

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 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!


1)  Good News Bible (with Deuterocanonicals/Apocrypha)

2)  Living Faith Daily Devotions

3)  Scripture-Text Datebook

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