EChurch@Wartburg – 5.13.12

Welcome to Our Gathering of EChurch@Wartburg

Enhanced Rainbow by Barb Ver Sluis

Here is our order of worship

Once again, we bring you a praise song from The Odes Project. This is from the recently discovered first-century hymnal found called The Odes of Solomon. You can read more about this remarkable historical find here. Imagine yourself singing with your brothers and sisters from 2000 years ago. That is the great cloud of witnesses who have gone before us!

A Prayer of Martin Luther Link
Behold, Lord, an empty vessel that needs to be filled. My Lord, fill it.
I am weak in the faith; strengthen me.
I am cold in love; warm me and make me fervent, that my love may go out to my neighbor.
I do not have a strong and firm faith; at times I doubt and am unable to trust you altogether. O Lord, help me. 
Strengthen my faith and trust in you.
In you I have sealed the treasure of all I have.
I am poor; you are rich and came to be merciful to the poor.
I am a sinner; you are upright.With me, there is an abundance of sin; in you is the fullness of righteousness.
Therefore I will will remain with you, of whom I can receive, but to whom I may not give.

A Prayer by John Wesley link
We offer up again our souls and bodies to you to be governed,
not by our will, but yours.
O let it be ever the ease and joy of our hearts,
to be under the conduct of your unerring wisdom,
to follow your counsels, and to be ruled in all things by your holy will.
And let us never distrust your abundant kindness and tender care over us;
whatsoever it is you would have us to do
or to suffer in this world;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Emmaus Road Prayer
by Rev. Frank Schaefer Link
Meet us, Lord, on the road to Emmaus,
Guide us on the path toward our destination,
and renew our strength as we continue to walk
and commune with you.
Open our eyes, so we see the signs of your presence around us;
Open our hearts, so we may receive your peace and love;
and empower us to pass on to others
the grace you have shared with us so freely.

If you are new to EChurch, please click on this link for an explanation

Scripture Reading:  Hebrews 10:26-27 (NASB Bible Gateway)

"For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries."

Questions for Discussion

(1)  Why is the subject of eternal judgment a subject ignored or ridiculed by people?
(2)  How does God’s grace change a person’s desires, and if desires are changed, why are there still struggles with sin?
(3)  How can a Christian speak of eternal judgment to those apart from Christ with love, patience and understanding?

This is one of Dee's favorite songs so she hopes you do not mind her indulging herself.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, 
according to his power that is at work within us, 
to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, 
for ever and ever! Amen.
Ephesians 3:20-21

Thank you for spending your precious time worshipping the Lord.


EChurch@Wartburg – 5.13.12 — 9 Comments

  1. Pastor Matt Chandler,


    There is person who goes by the name of “Seeker” that appears to represent you here at the Wartburg Watch.

    I feel personally, this person, Seeker, has only a shadow of who you really are…

    But Our Dear Lord knows the condition of His precious son’s knees (You Matt), and the tears in the dark nights that He has had to dry…

    Fear not,

    The Lord listens when I pray.

    i pr♥ay

    Sopy 🙂
    Inspirational: Emily Bear n’ “Sweeet Mozart”

  2. Dee & Deb, there may be a technical problem with songs 2 & 3 as I was unable to get the video to work. But thank you for the others as they blessed me (as usual.)

    Pastor Wade,

    Yet another word that, rather than burdening the faithful with guilt and shame, encourages, empowers, and edifies. One that does not shirk from the hard truth, but does so in a way that hopefully pricks the heart and conscience and leads to repentance and warns of the consequences of rejecting that truth. Sorry for the run-on sentence. 🙂

    Thank you as well for explaining the apostles’ use of the word “we” in verse 26 as I’ve often heard that verse to instill fear in the hearts of believers who are struggling with sin.

    Blessings to all of you for this e-church!

  3. Victorious,

    I’m sorry you had a problem with the songs loading. I went through the EChurch service early this morning, and everything worked fine. I have just checked songs 2 and 3 again, and they worked fine for me.

    Please try again, and let me know if you’re still having problems. It’s frustrating when things don’t work properly.

    Have a wonderful Lord’s Day!

  4. Deb,

    I just tried again but they didn’t work using my regular browser which is Firefox. But when I switched to Internet Explorer, I had no trouble.


  5. Thanks, Arce. I’ve got the latest version of both: Firefox 12.0! My computer automatically updates all programs.

  6. I love the prayers included in the EChurch service; also would like to share some sayings of Mother Teresa. I am sure some of you may have read this before.

    Sayings of Mother Teresa

    People are often unreasonable, illogical, or self-centered; forgive them anyway.

    If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
    be kind anyway.

    If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; succeed anyway.

    If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
    be honest and frank anyway.

    What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
    build anyway.

    If you find Serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
    be happy anyway.

    The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
    Do good anyway.

    Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
    Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

    You see, in the final analysis, it’s always between you and GOD;
    It was never between you and them anyway- – –

    Mother Theresa

  7. Kelly,

    Dee picks out all of our EChurch prayers, and I she does a fantastic job week after week!

    Thanks for sharing the sayings of Mother Teresa.