Sunday, January 21, 2018

Country Chapel Service...Sunday January 21, 2018 (Today with Contemperary Church Songs)

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                Welcome to the
      "Country Chapel"
        Sunday Service

               January 21, 2018
     "The Third Sunday
       in Ordinary Time"
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Today's Verse:

             ( Matthew 11:28 )

The Unbelieving Towns

      "Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest."

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:

              ( Jonah 3:1-5, 10 )

 Jonah Obeys the Lord

      Once again the Lord spoke to Jonah. He said, "Go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to the people the message I have given you." So Jonah obeyed the Lord and went to Nineveh, a city so large that it took three days to walk through it. Jonah started through the city, and after walking a whole day, he proclaimed, "In forty days Nineveh will be destroyed!" The people of Nineveh be-lieved God's message. So they decided that everuone should fast, and all the people, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth to show they had repented.
      God saw what they did; he saw that they had given up their wicked behavior. So he changed his mind and did not punish them as he had said he would.

Alternate 1st Reading:

                ( Psalm 25:4-9 )

A Prayer for Guidance and Protection

      Teach me your ways, O Lord; Make them known to me. Teach me to live according to your truth, for you are my God, who saves me. I always trust in you.
      Remember, O Lord, your kindness and constant love which you have shown from long ago. Forgive the sins and errors of my youth. In your constant love and goodness, remember me, Lord!
      Because the Lord is righteous and good, he teaches sinners the path they should follow. He leads the humble in the right way and teaches them his will.


The 2nd Reading:

              ( 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 )

Questions about the Unmarried and the Widows

      What I mean, my friends, is this: there is not much time left, and from now on married people should live as though they were not married; those who weep, as though they were not sad; those who laugh, as though they were not happy; those who buy, as though they did not own what they bought; those who deal in material goods, as though they were not fully occupied with them. For this world, as it is now, will now last much longer.

Today's Gospel According to:

                   ( Mark 1:14-20 )

Jesus Calls Four Fishermen

      After John had been put in prison, Jesus went to Galilee and preached the Good News from God. "The right time has come," he said, "and the Kingdom of God is near! Turn away from your sins and believe the Good News!"
      As Jesus walked along the shore of Lake Galilee, he saw two fishermen, Simon and his brother Andrew, catching fish with a net. Jesus said to them, "Come with me, and I will teach you to catch people." At once they left their nets and went with him.
      He went a little further on and saw two other brothers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee. They were in their boat getting their nets ready. As soon as Jesus saw them, he called them: they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and went with Jesus.

This is the word of the Lord

An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Sr. Melannie Svoboda, S.N.D. )

      Today's readings speak of repentance. God asks Jonah to preach repentance to the people of Nineveh. But this is not the first time God has asked him. The first time, Jonah refused. This second time, he obeys God. That' repentance #1. Then Jonah preaches, and everyone in Nineveh - the king, farmers, housewives and plumbers - repent and are saved. That's repentance #2 - and it is an impressive one.
      The responsorial psalm provides a mantra for those seeking re-penance: "Teach me your ways, O God." God's ways provide the template for our righteousness.
      The gospel picks up this theme of repentance. Jesus announces, "The Kingdom of God is at hand." It is not far off or way up high or way over there. It is near. It is here. And because the kingdom is here, we repent. Our repentance doesn't cause the kingdom of God to appear. Our repentance is our jubilant response to the presence of God already in our midst. 
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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