Sunday, January 14, 2018

Country Chapel Service...Sunday January 14, 2018 (Today with Traditional Church Songs)

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                Welcome to the
      "Country Chapel"
        Sunday Service

               January 14, 2018
     "The Second Sunday
       in Ordinary Time"

    "Wisdom with Aging"

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Today's Verse:

                ( Job 23:12 )


      I always do what God commands; I follow his will, not my own desires.

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:

             ( 1 Samuel 3:3-10, 19 )

The Lord Appears to Samuel

      Samuel was sleeping in the sanctuary, where the sacred Cov-enant Box was. Before dawn, while the lamp was still burning, the Lord called Samuel. He answered, "Yes, sir!" and ran to Eli and said, "You called me, and here I am."
      But Eli answered, "I didn't call you; go back to bed." So Samuel went back to bed.
      The Lord called Samuel again. The boy did not know that it was the Lord, because the Lord had never spoken to him before. So he got up, went to Eli, and said, "You called me, and here I am."
      But Eli answered, "My son, I didn't call you; go back to bed."
      The Lord called Samuel a third time; he got up, went to Eli, and said, "You called me, and here I am."
      Then Eli realized that it was the Lord who was calling the boy, so he said to him, "Go back to bed; and if he calls you again, say, 'Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.' " So Samuel went back to bed.
      The Lord came and stood there, and called as he had beforer, "Samuel! Samuel!"
      Samuel answered, "Speak; your servant is listening."
     As Samuel grew up, the Lord was with him and made come true everything that Samuel said.

Alternate 1st Reading:

              ( Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-10 )

A Song of Praise

      He pulled me out of a dangerous pit, out of deadly quicksand. He set me safely on a rock and made me secure.
      Happy are those who trust in the Lord, who do not turn to idols or join those who worship false gods.
      And so I answered, "Here I am; your instructions for me are in the book of the Law. How I love to do your will, my God! I keep your teachings in my heart."
      In the assembly of all your people, Lord, I told the good news that you save us. You know that I will never stop telling it. I have not kept the news of salvation to myself; I have always spoken of your faithfulness and help. In the assembly of all your people I have not been silent about your loyalty and constant love.

The 2nd Reading:

              ( 1 Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20 )

Use Your Bodies for God's Glory

      Someone else will say, "Food is for the stomach, and the stomach is for food." Yes; but God will put an end to both. The body is not to be used for sexual immortality, but to serve the Lord; and the Lord provides for the body. God raised the Lord from death, and will also raise us by his power.
      You know that your bodies are parts of the body of Christ. Shall I take a part of Christ's body and make it part of the body of a pros-titute? Impossible!
      But he who joins himself to the Lord becomes spiritually one with him. 
      Avoid immortality. Any other sin a man commits does not af-fect his body; but the man who is guilty of sexual immortality sins against his own body. Don't you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and who was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourselves but to God; he bought you for a price. So use your bodies for God's glory.

Today's Gospel According to:

               ( John 1:35-42 )

The First Disciples of Jesus

      The next day John was standing there again with two of his dis-ciples, when he saw Jesus walking by. "There is the Lamb of God!" he said. 
      The two disciples heard him say this and went with Jesus. Jesus turned, saw them following him, and asked, "What are you looking for?"
      They answered, "Where do you live, Rabbi?" (This word means "Teacher.")
      "Come and see," he answered. (It was then about four o'clock in the afternoon.) So they went with him and saw where he lived, and spent the rest of that day with him.
  One of them was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. At once he found his brother Simon and told him, "We have found the Messiah." (This word means Christ.") Then took Simon to Jesus.
      Jesus looked at him and said, "Your name is Simon son of John, but you will be called Cephas." (This is the same as Peter and means "a rock.") 

This is the word of the Lord

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

      Significant details that are not part of today's reading reveal a vital part of Samuel's experience. The second verse tells us that Samuel's mentor, Eli, is an elder whose "eyes had lately grown so weak that he could not see" (verse 2). Eli's external blindness contrasts with his vivid, inner seeing. When Samuel thinks his mentor is calling him, Eli tells the youth to go back to sleep. Final-ly, Eli realizes God is calling Samuel. Usually this passage focuses on Samuel's response. However, Eli's wisdom is a vital component. Samuel would not have perceived his calling had it not been for his aged mentor. Eli epitomizes the gifts God bestows to elders with strong faith and the ability to see what lies beneath the surface. Eli's ripened faith recognizes the voice of God in what the youth misin-terprets. Let us give thanks for the elders in our communities who bring wisdom to us.

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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