Welcome to Our Gathering of EChurch@Wartburg
Here is our order of worship
A Prayer Against Depression by St Ignatius link
O Christ Jesus,
when all is darkness
and we feel our weakness and helplessness,
give us the sense of Your presence,
Your love, and Your strength.
Help us to have perfect trust
in Your protecting love
and strengthening power,
so that nothing may frighten or worry us,
for, living close to You,
we shall see Your hand,
Your purpose, Your will through all things.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Morning Prayer link
O God, early in the morning I cry to you.
Help me to pray
And to concentrate my thoughts on you:
I cannot do this alone.
In me there is darkness,
But with you there is light;
I am lonely, but you do not leave me;
I am feeble in heart, but with you there is help;
I am restless, but with you there is peace.
In me there is bitterness, but with you there is patience;
I do not understand your ways,
But you know the way for me…
Restore me to liberty,
And enable me to live now
That I may answer before you and before me.
Lord, whatever this day may bring,
Your name be praised.
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Scripture Reading: Hebrews 11:36-40 (NASB Bible Gateway)
"and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated (men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground. And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised, because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect."
A Prayer for Advent by Online Ministries link
My brother, Jesus. It happens every year.
I think that this will be the year that I have a reflective Advent.
I look forward to Sunday and this new season, Jesus.
But all around me are the signs rushing me to Christmas
and some kind of celebration that equates spending with love.
I need your help. I want to slow my world down.
This year, more than ever, I need Advent,
these weeks of reflection and longing for hope in the darkness.
Jesus, this year, help me to have that longing.
Help me to feel it in my heart and be aware of the hunger and thirst in my own soul
. Deep down, I know there is something missing in my life,
but I can’t quite reach for it. I can’t get what is missing.
I know it is about you, Jesus.
You are not missing from my life,
but I might be missing the awareness of all of the places you are present there.
Be with me, my dear friend
. Guide me in these weeks to what you want to show me this Advent.
Help me to be vulnerable enough to ask you to lead me to the place of my own weakness,
the very place where I will find you the most deeply embedded in my heart,
loving me without limits.
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement
give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had,
so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 15:5-6 (NIV)