Sunday, February 4, 2018

Country Chapel Service...Sunday February 4, 2018 (Today with Church Songs)

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                Welcome to the
      "Country Chapel"
        Sunday Service
               

               February 4, 2018
      "The Fifth Sunday
       in Ordinary Time"
       "Early to Rise"






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Yes! There will be a 'Special' edition of
"Country Chapel Service"
on "Ash Wednesday" February 14th 

Today's Verse:

          ( Deuteronomy 30:9 )

Conditions for Restoration and Blessing

      The Lord will make you prosperous in all that you do; you will have many children and alot of livestock, and your fields will pro-duce abundant crops. He will be as glad to make you prosperous as he was to make your ancestors prosperous.

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:

                ( Job 7:1-4, 6-7 )

Job 

      Human life is like forced army service, like a life of hard man-ual labor, like a slave longing for cool shade, like a worker waiting to get paid. Month after month I have nothing to live for; night after night brings me grief. When I lie down to sleep, the hours drag; I toss all night and long for dawn. My days pass by without hope, pass faster than a weaver's shuttle.
      Remember, O God, my life is only a breath; my happiness has already ended.

Alternate 1st Reading:

              ( Psalm 147:1-6 )

In Praise of God Almighty

      It is good to sing praise to our God; it is pleasant and right to praise him. The Lord is restoring Jerusalem; he is bringing back the exiles. He heals the broken-hearted and bandages their wounds.
      He has decided the number of stars and calls each one by name. Great and mighty is our Lord; his wisdom cannot be measured. He raises the humble, but crushes the wicked to the ground.

 

The 2nd Reading:

             ( 1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23 )

Rights and Duties of an Apostle

      I have no right to boast just because I preach the gospel. After all, I am under orders to do so. And how terrible it would be for me if I did not preach the gospel! If I did my work as a matter of free choice, then I could expect to be paid; but I do it as a matter of duty, because God has entrusted me with this task. What pay do I get, then? It is the privilege of preaching the Good News without charging for it, without claiming my rights in my work for the gospel.
      I am a free man, nobody's slave; but I make myself everybody's slave in order to win as many people as possible. 
      Among the weak in faith I become weak like one of them, in order to win them. So I become all things to all people, that I may save some of them by whatever means are possible.
      All this I do is for the gospel's sake, in order to share in its blessings.



Today's Gospel According to:

              ( Mark 1:29-39 )

Jesus Heals Many People

      Jesus and his disciples, including James and John, left the syn-agogue and went straight to the home of  Simon and Andrew. Simon's mother-in-law was sick in bed with a fever, and as soon as Jesus arrived, he was told about her. He went to her, took her by the hand, and helped her up. The fever left her, and she began to wait on them.
      After the sun had set and evening had come, people brought to Jesus all the sick and those who had demons. All the people of the town gathered in front of the house. Jesus healed many who were sick with all kinds of diseases and drove out many demons. He would not let the demons say anything, because they knew who he was.

Jesus Preaches in Galilee

      Very early the next morning, long before daylight, Jesus got up and left the house. He went out of town to a lonely place, where he prayed. But Simon and his companions went out searching for him, and when they found him, they said, "Everyone is looking for you."
      But Jesus answered, "We must go on to the other villages around here. I have to preach in them also, because that is why I came."
      So he traveled all over Galilee, preaching in the synagogues and driving out demons.

This is the word of the Lord


An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Kristin Armstrong )

      Here we have some insight into the spiritual practices of Jesus. If the Son of God knew it was important to seek God first thing in the morning, we can make the assumption that a morning quiet time is crucial for the rest of us. What we do first often determines the trajectory of our day. If the alarm blares and we hit snooze sev-eral times, catapult out of bed, slam some coffee and hit the road, we can be pretty sure that our day will unfold with us being rushed, scattered and feeling like we're running behind.
      By setting our alarm a bit earlier and being intentional about seeking God first in Scripture, worship, prayer and praise, we can connect to the Source of peace before our day begins.
      I notice a difference when I start my days with quiet time. I pour a cup of coffee, light a candle and sit in the silence of the morning with my devotionals and journal. This time creates a foun-dation of gratitude and reverence that carries me through the rest of the day.
 
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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