Welcome to Our Gathering of EChurch@Wartburg
A Prayer of Trust by Thomas Merton link (@1380-1471)
My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself.
And the fact that I think that I am following your will
Does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you
Does in fact please you.
And I hope that I have the desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this,
You will lead me by the right road
Though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore I will trust you always
Though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me
And you will never leave me to face my troubles alone.
A Prayer of Thomas à Kempis link
As yet my love is weak, my heart imperfect, and so I have great need of your strength and comfort.
Visit me often, I pray, and instruct me in the way of your laws.
Set me free from all evil passions, and heal my heart from all immoral desires
. And thus, healed and cleansed in spirit, may I learn how blissful it is to plunge into the depths of your love.
Let your love dissolve my hard heart. Let your love raise me above myself.
Let your love reveal to me joy beyond imagination. Let my soul exhaust itself in singing the praises of your love.
Let me love you more than I love myself, and let me love myself only for your sake
. And let me see your love shining in the hearts of all people, that I may love them as I love you.
In Jesus name
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Scripture Reading: Hebrews 11:20 (NASB Bible Gateway)
By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, even regarding things to come.
A Prayer for the Seven gifts of the Spirit by Bonaventura (1217-1274) link
Lord Jesus, as God's Spirit came down and rested upon you, may the same Spirit rest upon us, bestowing his sevenfold gifts.
First, grant us the gift of understanding, by which your precepts may enlighten our minds.
Second, grant us counsel, by which we may follow in your foot-steps on the path of righteousness.
Third, grant us courage, by which we may ward off the Enemy's attacks.
Fourth, grant us knowledge, by which we can distinguish good from evil.
Fifth, grant us piety, by which we may acquire compassionate hearts.
Sixth, grant us fear, by which we may draw back from evil and submit to what is good.
Seventh, grant us wisdom, that we may taste fully the life-giving sweetness of your love.
Thank you for spending your precious time worshipping the Lord.
Go in the knowledge that you are truly loved By the King of Creation!