Welcome to Our Gathering of EChurch@Wartburg
Here is our order of worship
Morning Prayer link
"Dear Lord, I give you my hands to do Your work;
I give You my feet to go Your way;
I give You my eyes to see as You see;
I give You my tongue to speak Your words;
I give You my mind that You may think in me;
I give You my spirit that You may pray in me.
Above all, I give You my heart that You may love in me
– love the Father and love all humankind.
I give You my whole self, Lord, that You may grow in me,
so that it is You who lives, works and prays in me. Amen."
A Prayer of Confession by Peter Marshall link
Forgive us, Lord . . . for the things we have done
that make us feel uncomfortable in Your presence.
All the front that we polish so carefully for men to see does not deceive You.
For you know every thought that has left its shadow on our memory.
You have marked every motive that curdled something sweet within us.
We acknowledge–with bitterness and true repentance
–that cross and selfish thoughts have entered our minds;
we acknowledge that we have permitted our minds
to wander through unclean and forbidden ways;
we have toyed with that which we knew was not for us;
we have desired that which we should not have.
We acknowledge that often we have deceived ourselves where our plain duty lay.
We confess before You that our ears are often deaf to the whisper of Thy call,
our eyes often blind to the signs of your guidance,
Make us willing to be changed,
even though it requires surgery of the soul and the therapy of discipline.
Make our hearts warm and soft,
that we may receive now the blessing of Your forgiveness,
the benediction of Your "Depart in peace . . and sin no more."
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Scripture Reading: Hebrews 11:6 (NASB Bible Gateway)
"And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him."
(1) Why do you think faith in Christ alone is a message hated by the world?
(2) What can you do to help people see the necessity of Christ in their lives?
(3) When discouragement comes, why does faith in Christ prevail over faith in anything else?
A Prayer Poem by CS Lewis link
Master, they say that when I seem
To be in speech with you,
Since you make no replies, it’s all a dream
–One talker aping two.
They are half right, but not as they
Imagine; rather, I
Seek in myself the things I meant to say,
And lo! The wells are dry.
Then, seeing me empty, you forsake
The Listener’s role, and through
My dead lips breathe and into utterance wake
The thoughts I never knew.
And thus you neither need reply
Nor can; thus, while we seem
Two talking, thou are One forever, and I
No dreamer, but thy dream.
Thank you for spending your precious time worshipping the Lord.