Sunday, March 25, 2018

Country Chapel Service...Sunday March 25, 2018 (Palm Sunday) - (Today with Christian Worship Songs)

                Welcome to the
      "Country Chapel"
        Sunday Service
               March 25, 2018
        "Palm Sunday"
  of the Passion of the Lord
      "Stones and 'Only's"

Special Post on Wednesday
March 28, 2018
"The Passion of Christ"
Also, on "Good Friday"
March 30, 2018
A Special of the edition of
"Country Chapel Service"
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Today's Verse:

               ( Revelation 1:18 )

A Vision of Christ

      I am the living one! I was dead, but now I am alive forever and ever. I have authority over death and the world of the dead.

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:

            ( Mark 11:1-10 )

The Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem

      As they approached Jerusalem, near the towns of Bethphage and Bethany, they came to the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of his disciples on ahead with these instructions: "Go to the village there ahead of you. As soon as you get there, you will find a colt tied up that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. And if someone asks you why are you doing that, say that the Master needs it and will send it back at once."
      So they went and found a colt out in the street, tied to the door of a house. As they were untying it, some of the bystanders asked them, "What are you doing, untying that colt?"
      They answered just as Jesus had told them, and the crowd let they go. They brought the colt to Jesus, threw their cloaks over the animal, and Jesus got on. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches in the field and spread them on the road. The people who were in front and those who followed behind began to shout, "Praise God! God bless him who comes in the name of the Lord! God bless the coming kingdom of King David, our father! Praise be to God!"
( John 12:12-16 )

       The next day the large crowd that had come to the Passover Festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting, "Praise God! God bless him who comes in the name of the Lord! God bless the King of Israel!"
       Jesus found a donkey and rode on it, just as the scripture says, "Do not be afraid, city of Zion! Here comes your king, riding on a young donkey."
       His disciples did not understand this at the time; but when Jesus had been raised to glory, they remembered that the scripture said this about him and that they had done this for him.

Alternate 1st Reading:

            ( Isaiah 50:4-7 )

The Obedience of the Lord's Servant

       The Sovereign Lord has taught me what to say, so that I can strengthen the weary. Every morning he makes me eager to hear what he is going to teach me. The Lord has given me understand-ing, and I have not rebelled or turned away from him. I bared my back to those who beat me. I did not stop them when they insulted me, when they pulled out the hairs of my beard and spit in my face.
       But their insults cannot hurt me because the Sovereign Lord gives me help. I brace myself to endure them. I know that I will not be disgraced.

( Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24)

A Cry of Anguish and a Song of Praise

       "You relied on the Lord," they say. "Why doesn't he save you? If the Lord likes you, why doesn't he help you?"
       It was you who brought me safely through birth, and when I was a baby, you keep me safe.
       All my bones can be seen. My enemies look at me and stare. They grumble for my clothes and divide them among themselves.
       O Lord, don't stay away from me! Come quickly to my rescue! Save me from the sword; save my life from those dogs.
       "Praise him, you servants of the Lord! Honor him, you descen-dants of Jacob! Worship him, you people of Israel! He does not ne-glect the poor or ignore their suffering; he does not turn away from them, but answers when they call for help."

The 2nd Reading:

              ( Philippians 2:6-11 )

Christ's Humility and Greatness

      He always had the nature of God, but he did not think that by force he should try to remain equal with God. Instead of this, of his own free will he gave up all he had, and took the nature of a ser-vant. He became like a human being and appeared in human like-ness. He was humble and walked the path of obedience all the way to death - his death on the cross. For this reason God raised him to the highest place above and gave him the name that is greater than any other name. And so in honor of the name of Jesus all beings in heaven , on earth, and in the world below will fall on their knees, and all will openly proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Today's Gospel According to:

( Mark 14:1 - 15:47 ) 
      This is the entire passion of Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Due to its length, we ask that you read the two chapters from your own bibles. Here is what you will be reading: (Chapter 14) The Plot Against Jesus, Jesus is Anointed at Bethany, Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus, Jesus Eats the Passover Meal with His Disciples, The Lord's Supper, Jesus Predicts Peter's Denial, Jesus Prays in Gethsemane, The Arrest of Jesus, Jesus before the Council, Peter Denies Jesus; (Chapter 15) Jesus Before Pilate, Jesus is Sentenced to Death, The Soldiers Make Fun of Jesus, Jesus is Crucified, The Death of Jesus, The Burial of Jesus.
      For those who do not have access to a bible,, will have the "Passion of  Jesus Christ" on Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

This is the word of the Lord

An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Sr. Chris Koellhoffer, I.H.M. )

      As we stand at the edge of this week we call "holy," the day begins with Hosanna and ends with movement toward the complete emptying of kenosis. Witness the profound surrender of Jesus, the Suffering Servant. He embraces the limits of our human condition and lets go of the privileges of his divinity. He receives with graciousness an anointing that empties a jar of precious oil over his head. He witnesses the letting go of loyalty and friendship through betrayal and the crumbling of his reputation in the wake of false witness. He is emptied of dignity, stripped, mocked and spit upon. Emptied even of the comfort of Abba, Father. He utters his feeling of foresakenness both in Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross, but gives his life over in one final act of emptying.
      Suffering Jesus, may I accompany you this week as you hand your life over in love.

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 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 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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