EChurch@Wartburg – 9.30.12

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Enhanced Rainbow by Barb Ver Sluis

The Lord's Prayer (Extended Version) link
© 2007 Kingdom People blog, originally delivered at National Day of Prayer Luncheon in Shelbyville, TN, May 3, 2007.

Our Father in heaven
    Everlasting Father of the fatherless,
    Heaven is Your throne and the earth is Your footstool.
    The heavens declare Your glory,
         and the sky above proclaims Your handiwork.
    O Father in Heaven,

Hallowed be Your Name
     From the rising of the sun to its setting,
         may Your Name be praised and be great among the nations!
     Let Your glory be over all the earth!
     Let heaven and earth praise You,
         the seas and everything that moves in them.

Your Kingdom come
     May all the ends of the earth remember and turn to You,
         and all the families of the nations worship before You.
     For kingship belongs to You;
         You rule over the nations.
     You are the strength of Your people -
         the saving refuge of Your anointed!
     Oh, save Your people and bless Your heritage!
     Be our Shepherd and carry us forever!
     You are our King, O God!
     You are the King of all the earth!
     Your throne is forever and ever.

Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven
     Make us to know Your ways, O Lord.
         Teach us Your paths.
     Teach us to do Your will!
     Let your good Spirit lead us on level ground!
     Not our will, but Yours be done!

Give us this day our daily bread.
     You, our God, will supply every need of ours
         according to Your riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
     Give us neither poverty nor riches;
         feed us with the food that is needful for us,
     lest we be full and deny You and say, “Who is the Lord?”
     or lest we be poor and steal and profane the name of our God.
     Satisfy us with righteousness.

Forgive us our debts as we have forgiven our debtors.
     We confess our iniquity; we are sorry for our sin.
     Have mercy on us, O God.
     Wash us thoroughly from our iniquity,
         and cleanse us from our sin!
     For Your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon our guilt for it is great.

Lead us not into temptation…but Deliver us from Evil
     We do not ask that you take us out of the world,
         but that you keep us from the evil one.
     Restore us; let Your face shine, that we may be saved.
     For the glory of Your name, deliver us and atone for our sins,
         for Your name’s sake!
     You are our steadfast love and our fortress,
         our stronghold and our deliverer!

For Yours is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory forever and ever.
Amen

Deliver Prayer link

Deliver me, O Jesus,
From the desire of being loved,
From the desire of being extolled,
From the desire to being honored,
From the desire of being praised,
From the desire of being preferred,
From the desire of being consulted,
From the desire of being approved,
From the desire of being popular,
From the fear of being humiliated,
From the fear of being despised,
From the fear of suffering rebukes,
From the fear of being calumniated,
From the fear of being forgotten,
From the fear of being wronged,
From the fear of being ridiculed,
From the fear of being suspected.
Amen.

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Scripture Reading: Hebrews 11:17-19 (NASB Bible Gateway)

By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten son; it was he to whom it was said, “In Isaac your descendants shall be called.” He considered that God is able to raise people even from the dead, from which he also received him back as a type.

A Prayer by Anselm of Canterbury link

O Lord my God,
teach my heart where and how to seek you,
where and how to find you.
Lord, if you are not here but absent,
where shall I seek you?
But you are everywhere, so you must be here,
why then do I not seek you?…

Lord, I am not trying to make my way to your height,
for my understanding is in no way equal to that,
but I do desire to understand a little of your truth
which my heart already believes and loves.
I do not seek to understand so that I may believe,
but I believe so that I may understand;
and what is more,
I believe that unless I do believe I shall not understand.
Amen

A Prayer 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 art One forever, and I
No dreamer, but thy dream.
Amen

Thank you for spending your precious time worshipping the Lord.
Go in the knowledge that you are truly loved By the King of Creation!

 

Comments

EChurch@Wartburg – 9.30.12 — 5 Comments

  1. Wonderful service again, my friend! Deb, love that extended version of the Lord’s Prayer.

    Pastor Wade, another great “talk” as Eagle might say! It gave me new insight into testings. I confess if I allowed myself to ever think of God as cruel or unfair in any of His dealings with mankind, this request made of Abraham fit that characteristic. I simply couldn’t go there so I pretty much ignored the story even though I knew it represented a type of the sacrifice of God’s Son. I can’t imagine Abraham didn’t cry and grieve all the way to Moriah.

    So…while I understand testing more fully now, the question still lingers about discerning the origin of the test. If we knew it came directly from God, we could endure it better. But many trials and tribulations seem to be the result of “outside influences” and that (for me at least) tends to justify a little wallowing in self-pity or justifiable anger.

    Can we know the difference, Pastor Wade? Or doesn’t it matter?

    (funny how I feel perfectly free to call you Wade over at your blog, but after a sermon out comes the Pastor word…. lol)

    Anyway, I appreciate how busy you are, but if/when time allows, I’d love to know the answer.

  2. Victorious,

    Great question! I believe the text states it clearly, “When Abraham was tested by God…” The outside influences are never outside the influence of God. I understand what you are saying about the self-pity and anger, and I often battle the same things. It is a theological knot to say that God is in charge of evil without being the author of evil. However, this seems to be the clear teaching of Scripture. “You, with wicked hands, crucified Him God ordained…” is the the Scripture puts it — attributing “wickedness” to man, but the outcome to God. Anyway, great question!

    P.S. I much prefer Wade, even after a message! :)

  3. The outside influences are never outside the influence of God.

    Perfect! I got it now!

    Thanks, Wade. :)

    Mary Ann

  4. Wade,

    A bit off topic, but are you aware of a good book or article that explains all of the types in the Bible? I find them endlessly fascinating and especially encouraging as they tie the OT and NT together in such meaningful ways.

    Thanks,
    Sallie

  5. Sallie,

    My favorite book on the types is an older one, written in the late 1600′s by Benjamin Keach. It is called Preaching from the Types and Metaphors of the Bible, but it is not simply a book for “preaching,” as we Americans consider preaching. Keach wrote his volume for the Christian who “wanted doctrines explained, the heart affected, and the conscience convinced. Nathan made use of a parable to convict David of his sin. Allegories, metaphors and types are most extensive and comprehensive in their meaning and application; though great care ought to be taken that they are not beyond the analogy of faith.”

    Hope that helps!