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December 9, 2018
The Second Sunday
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For: "Daily Inspiration for Today"
It's "Food for Thought"Today's Verse:
( John 1:14 )
The Word of Life
The Word became a human being and, full of grace and truth, lived among us. We saw his glory, the glory he received as the Father's only Son.
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 in glory 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:
( Baruch 5:1-9 )
"This reading may not be in the King James Bible"
Jerusalem Is Assured Of Help
Jerusalem, take off the clothes you have worn in your mourning and distress, and put on the eternal splender of God's glory. Put around you the cloak of God's righteousness. Place on your head the crown of glory of the eternal God. God will show your splendor to every nation on earth. Forever he will say to you, "Your security comes from your righteousness, and your splendor from your devotion to me."
Get up, Jerusalem, stand on the mountaintop; see where God, the Holy One, is bringing your children together from the east and from the west. They are rejoicing that God has remembered them. Jerusalem, your children were led away by their enemies; they left you on foot, but God is bringing them back to you, carried in royal splendor. God has commanded that every high mountain and the everlasting hills shall be made low; he has commanded that the valleys shall be filled and the ground leveled, so that the people of Israel may come safely home in the glory of God. At the command of God forests of fragrant trees will spring up to provide shade for the people of Israel. God will lead Israel home. They will return with great joy, guided by his mercy and righteousness, surrounded by the light of his glorious presence.
Alternate 1st Reading:
( Psalm 126:1-6 )
A Prayer for Deliverance
When the Lord brought us back to Jerusalem, it was like a dream! How we laughed, how we sang for joy! Then the other nations said about us, "The Lord did great things for them." Indeed he did great things for us; how happy we were!
Lord, make us prosperous again, just as the rain brings water back to dry riverbeds. Let those who wept as they planted their crops, gather the harvest with joy!
Those who wept as they went out carrying the seed will come back singing for joy, as they bring in the harvest.
The 2nd Reading:
( Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11 )
Paul's Prayer for his Readers
And every time I pray for you all, I pray with joy because of the way in which you have helped me in the work of the gospel from the very first day until now. And so I am sure that God, who began this good work in you, will carry it on until it is finished on the Day of Christ Jesus.
God is my witness that I tell the truth when I say that my deep feelings for you all comes from the heart of Christ Jesus himself.
I pray that your love will keep on growing more and more, to-gether with true knowledge and perfect judgement, so that you will be able to choose what is best. Then you will be free from all impurity and blame on the Day of Christ. Your lives will be filled with the truly good qualities which only Jesus Christ can produce, for the glory and praise of God.
Today's Gospel According to:
( Luke 3:1-6 )
( Luke 3:1-6 )
The Preaching of John the Baptist
It was the fifteenth year of the rule of Emperor Tiberius; Pontius Pilate was governor, of Judea, Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip was ruler of the territory of Iturea and Trachonitis; Lysanias was ruler of Abilene, and Annas and Caiaphas were High Priests. At that time the word of God came to John, son of Zachariah in the desert. So John went throughout the whole territory of the Jordan River, preaching, "Turn away from your sins and be baptised, and God will forgive your sins." As it is written in the book of the prophet Isaiah:
"Someone is shouting in the desert: 'Get the road ready for the Lord;' make a straight path for him to travel!! Every valley must be filled up, every hill and mountain leveled off. The winding roads must be made straight, and the rough paths made smooth.'
The whole human race will see God's salvation!"
This is the word of the Lord
An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Paul Pennick )
This is the Second Sunday of Advent. How many times have you been, or will you be, asked if you are ready for Christmas? It is often the busiest time of the year - planning for guests, attending parties, buying and wrapping presents, dealing with the seasonal crowds and sometimes inclement weather. In the midst of these hectic days, we can forget the deeper meaning of Christmas. While there is still time, you might be able to include a prayer or penance service in your schedule. Maybe you could volunteer for a day or an afternoon at your parish. Could you help out at a homeless shelter or nursing home or children's residence? Give a listen to the lone voice"crying out in the desert." It's just a gentle reminder to make sure you remember to "prepare the way of the Lord."
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
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.
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!
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