EChurch@Wartburg – 8.26.12

Welcome to Our Gathering of EChurch@Wartburg

Enhanced Rainbow by Barb Ver Sluis

Here is our order of worship


A Prayer of Benedict link

Gracious and Holy Father,
Please give me:
intellect to understand you,
reason to discern you,
diligence to seek you,
wisdom to find you,
a spirit to know you,
a heart to meditate upon you,
ears to hear you,
eyes to to see you,
a tongue to proclaim you,
a way of life pleasing to you,
patience to wait for you
and perseverance to look for you.
Grant me a perfect end,
your holy presence,
a blessed resurrection
and life everlasting.

Trinitarian Pryaer of John Stott link

“Good morning heavenly Father, good morning Lord Jesus, good morning Holy Spirit. 
Heavenly Father I worship you as the creator and sustainer of the universe.
Lord Jesus, I worship you, Saviour and Lord of the world. 
Holy Spirit, I worship you, sanctifier of the people of God. 
Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. 
Heavenly Father, I pray that I may live this day in your presence and please you more and more. 
Lord Jesus, I pray that this day I may take up my cross and follow you. 
Holy Spirit, I pray that this day you will fill me with yourself and cause your fruit to ripen in my life: 
love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. 
Holy, blessed and glorious Trinity, three persons in one God,
have mercy upon me. Amen.”

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Scripture Reading: Hebrews 11:10 (NASB Bible Gateway)

for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

Discussion Questions

(1)  Why is it that Christians spend little time talking about their final destination?

(2)  If life here is characterized as “without foundation” in Scripture why do we spend so much time focusing on material things?

(3)  In what way does an eternal perspective change what you do today?

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.

Thank you for spending your precious time worshipping the Lord.


EChurch@Wartburg – 8.26.12 — 7 Comments

  1. I attended church on Sat. this time as there’s some preparation for Isaac needing to be done tomorrow just in case…as I’m in SW Florida.

    Pastor Wade, the mention of a house built on a solid foundation rather than sand, reminded me of the first home my husband and I had. The builder knew the land had previously been a landfill for years, but had been approved by the county as being safe and settled now for building a track of homes. We weren’t informed about that and after about a year, when the cupboard doors swung open almost by themselves and the contents of my frying pan slid to one side, we knew something was wrong. The results of a survey proved that our house was sinking on one side. Ugh! The builder rectified the problem but not before the foundation had actually cracked. It was a very tedious and expensive (shared with the builder) process and an experience I’d not like to go through again.

    I was trying to relate to Abraham’s focus on the city, but lol, including the story about Gracie brought that right home for me!

    Thank you so much for simple examples that expound so well on spiritual truths!

    Dee and Deb…as always the hymns are beautiful. I never tire of that Amazing Grace..My Chains are Gone! Thank you for hosting this church!

  2. Wade,

    I just read your post about Benny Duggan to my husband, and we were both very touched. Thank you for that reminder to reach out to the lonely and forgotten in society.

  3. I grew up thinking that extemporaneous prayers were the “right” way to pray. It threw me for a loop to attend a UMC for a few years when I first came to the US. Then things became OK again in a relaxed church body.

    But I am getting the biggest kick out of the prayers at echurch! After a line or two of just “reading”, I want to go back and read them towards God. So many of them capture the simplicity I am looking for in my spiritual life. And I wonder if it helps that they are written and I am a visual person?

    Thank you for including them on echurch!

  4. Heather,

    The gals do a superb job at choosing both the prayers and the music! 🙂

    All, I am headed to Nashville with Rachelle for a doctoral week at Vanderbilt. Out of pocket to respond to comments for a couple of days. Thanks for being a part of E-Church!

  5. Heather

    I think the evangelical church has missed out by not including some of the historic prayers of those who have gone before. I am so glad that you find them meaningul. I do. I love searching through historical sites each week to find them.