Sunday, March 4, 2018

Country Chapel Service...Sunday March 4, 2018 (Today with Traditional Songs + Now with Dedications)

                Welcome to the
      "Country Chapel"
        Sunday Service

               March 4, 2018
      "The Third Sunday
               of Lent"
       "Best Bargains"

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Today's Verse:

               ( Matthew 5:6 )

True Happiness

      "Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires; God will satisfy them fully!"

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:

               ( Exodus 20:1-17 )

The Ten Commandments 

      God spoke, and these were his words: "I am the Lord your God who brought you out of Egypt, where you were slaves."
      "Worship no god but me."
      "Do not make for yourselves images of anything in heaven or on earth or in the water under the earth. Do not bow down to any idol or worship it, because I am the Lord your God and I tolerate no rivals. I bring punishment on those who hate me and on their de-scendants down to the third and forth generation. But I show my love to thousands of generations of those who love me and obey my laws."
      "Do not use my name for evil purposes, for I, the Lord your God, will punish anyone who misuses my name."
      "Observe the Sabbath and keep it holy. You have six days in which to do your work, but the seventh day is a day of rest dedi-cated to me. On that day no one is to work - neither you, your children, your slaves, your animals, nor the foreigners who live in your country. In six days I, the Lord, made the earth, the sky, the seas, and everything in them, but on the seventh day I rested. That is why I, the Lord, blessed the Sabbath and made it holy."
      "Respect your father and your mother, so that you may live a long time in the land that I am giving you."
      "Do not commit murder."
      "Do not commit adultery."
      "Do not steal."
      "Do not accuse anyone falsely."
      "Do not desire another man's house; do not desire his wife, his slaves, his cattle, his donkeys, or anything else he owns."

Alternate 1st Reading:

              ( Psalm 19:8-11 )

God's Glory in Creation

      The laws of the Lord are right, and those who obey them are happy. The commands of the Lord are just and give understanding to the mind. Reverence for the Lord is good; it will continue for-ever. The judgments of the Lord are just; they are always fair. They are more desirable than the finest gold; they are sweeter than the purest honey. They give knowledge to me, your servant; I am re-warded for obeying them.


The 2nd Reading:

             ( 1 Corinthians 1:22-25 )

Christ the Power and the Wisdom of God

      Jews want miracles for proof, and Greeks look for wisdom. As for us, we proclaim the crucified Christ, a message that is offensive to the Jews and nonsense to the Gentiles; but for those whom God has called, both Jews and Gentiles, this message is Christ who is the power of God and the wisdom of God. For what seems to be God's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and what seems to be God's weakness is stronger than human strength.

Today's Gospel According to:

                ( John 2:13-25 )

Jesus Goes to the Temple

      It was almost time for the Passover Festival, so Jesus went to Jerusalem. There in the Temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and pigeons, and also money-changers sitting at their tables. So he made a whip from cords and drove all the animals out of the Temple, both the sheep and the cattle; he overturned the tables of the money-changers and scattered their coins and he ordered those who sold the pigeons, "Take them out of here! Stop making my Father's house a marketplace!" His disciples remembered that the scriptures says, "My devotion to your house, O God, burns in me like a fire."
      The Jewish authorities came back at him with a question, "What miracle can you perform to show us that you have the right to do this/"
      Jesus answered, "Tear down this Temple, and in three days I will build it again."
      "Are you going to build it again in three days?" they asked him. It has taken forty-six years to build this Temple!"
      But the temple Jesus was talking about was his body. So when he was raised from death, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the scriptures and what Jesus had said.

Jesus' Knowledge of Human Nature

      While Jesus was in Jerusalem during the Passover Festival, many believed in him as they saw the miracles he performed. But Jesus did not trust himself to them, because he knew them all. There was no need for anyone to tell him about them, because he himself knew what was in their hearts.  

This is the word of the Lord

An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Fr. James McKarns )

      Years ago, I visited the old city of Jerusalem. I wanted to find the Via Dolorosa, along which Jesus had carried his cross on that passion-filled road to Calvary. I had envisioned the Via Dolorosa when I had often walked the way of the Cross in churches and other outdoor quiet places. However, to my surprise, this world-famous religious street was crowded with vendors vying to sell a variety of belts, baskets and bagels. That day I wanted only a spiritual walk with thoughts and prayers about Jesus, divine love, mercy and salvation. I don't find fault with the shopkeepers because it is their city and they are trying to make a livelihood. So my experience reminded me of the age-old tension between the material and the spiritual, the earthly and the eternal, the marketplace and the Father's house. Today, in my pilgrimage of life, I'm finding the best bargains are the spiritual ones. 

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:

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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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