Sunday, February 25, 2018

Country Chapel Service...Sunday February 25, 2018 (Today with Traditional Songs)







                Welcome to the
      "Country Chapel"
        Sunday Service
               

               February 25, 2018
      "The Second Sunday
                of Lent"
            "Unbound"





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Today's Verse:

                ( Matthew 5:5 )

True Happiness

      Happy are those who are humble; they will receive what God has promised!
  
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:

             ( Genesis 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18 )

God Commands Abraham to Offer Isaac

      Some time later God tested Abraham; he called to him, "Abraham!" And Abraham answered, "Yes, here I am!"
      "Take your son," God said, "your only son, Isaac, whom you love so much, and go to the land of Moriah. There on a mountain that I will show you, offer him as a sacrifice to me."
      When they came to the place which God had told him about, Abraham built an alter and and arranged the wood on it. He tied up his son and placed him on the alter, on top of the wood. Then he picked up the knife to kill him. But an angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, "Abraham, Abraham!"
      He answered, "Yes, here I am."
      Don't hurt the boy or do anything to him," he said. "Now I know that you honor and obey God, because you have not kept back your only son from him."
      Abraham looked around and saw a ram caught in a bush by its horns. He went and got it and offered it as a burnt offering instead of his son.

Alternate 1st Reading:

           ( Psalm 116:10, 15-19 )

Someone Saved from Death Praises God

      I kept on believing, even when I said, "I am completely crushed."
      How painful it is to the Lord when one of his people dies! I am your servant, Lord; I serve you just as my mother did. You have saved me from death. I will give you a sacrifice of thanksgiving and offer my prayer to you. In the assembly of all your people, in the sanctuary of your Temple in Jerusalem, I will give you what I have promised.

 

The 2nd Reading:

               ( Romans 8:31-34 )

God's Love in Christ Jesus

      In view of all this, what can we say? If God is for us, who can be against us? Certainly not God, who did not even keep back his own Son, but offered him for us all! He gave us his Son - will he not also freely give us all things? Who will accuse God's chosen people? God himself declares them not guilty! Who, then, will condemn them? Not Christ Jesus, who died, or rather, who was raised to life and is at the right side of God, pleading with him for us!



Today's Gospel According to:

                ( Mark 9:2-10 )

The Transfiguration

      Six days later Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John, and led them up a high mountain, where they were alone. As they look-ed on, a change came over Jesus, and his clothes became shining white - whiter than anyone in the world could wash them. Then the three disciples saw Elijah and Moses talking with Jesus. Peter spoke up and said to Jesus, "Teacher, how good it is that we are here! We will make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." He and the others were so frightened that they did not know what to say.
      Then a cloud appeared and covered them with its shadow, and a voice came from the cloud, "This is my own dear Son - listen to him!" They took a quick look around but did not see anyone else; only Jesus was with them.
      As they came down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, "Don't tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has risen from death."
      They obeyed his order, but among themselves they started dis-cussing the matter. "What does this 'rising from death' mean?"

This is the word of the Lord


An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Amy Welborn )

      When my children see a wasp outside the house, I ask them to please not race away in fear. Do themselves, and the rest of us, a favor, I say, and follow it, at least with their eyes. For if there is a wasp floating about, it's likely because it has a home - one that's probably attached to our home somehow, under an eave or in a door frame. If we follow it to it's source instead of just running in fear, we might eliminate a lot of future problems.
      As I'm beginning Lent, I'm doing something similar. I'm seeing aspects of myself that I might be tempted to just run from. But instead, I must follow those sins, flaws and bad habits of mind to their source, hand them over to the Lord and let him free me from what binds me, once and for all.
      Loving God, free me from what binds me in sinful ways.


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:


       If you have a "challenge" going on in your life and would like the prayers here at "Country Chapel Service" directed toward your "challenge", contact me, your administrator, at my private e-mail Raider5854@gmail.com so we can get all the followers praying on your behalf. Also, if you have a contribution you'd like to have posted, like the one below, we encourage you to send it to us. 
May God Bless Us All 
 
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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