EChurch@Wartburg – 8.10.14

Welcome to a Gathering of EChurch@Wartburg Augustine Lighthouse

Here is our Order of Worship

A Prayer by Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556link

Steer the ship of my life, good Lord, to your quiet harbour 
where I can be safe from the storms of sin and conflict. 
Show me the course I should take. 
Renew in me the gift of discernment, so that I can always see the right direction in which I should go. 
And give me the strength and the courage to choose the right course,
even when the sea is rough and the waves are high,
knowing that through enduring hardship and danger
in your name we shall find comfort and peace.

Prayer of Benedict link

O gracious and holy Father,
give us wisdom to perceive you,
diligence to seek you,
patience to wait for you,
eyes to behold you,
a heart to meditate upon you,
and a life to proclaim you;
through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Luke 3:23-38 (NASB Bible Gateway)

When He began His ministry, Jesus Himself was about thirty years of age, being, as was supposed, the son of Joseph, the son of Eli, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph, the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Hesli, the son of Naggai, the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josech, the son of Joda, the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri, the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er, the son of Joshua, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim, the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David, the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Salmon, the son of Nahshon, the son of Amminadab, the son of Admin, the son of Ram, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah, the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Heber, the son of Shelah, the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalaleel, the son of Cainan, the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.

A prayer for the week ahead by John van de Laar link.

Good Shepherd,
Teach us to follow you
to care for all that are close to us,
to protect those who are threatened,
to welcome those who are rejected,
to forgive those who are burdened by guilt,
to heal those who are broken and sick,
to share with those who have little or nothing,
to take the time to really know one another
and love as you have loved us.
Good Shepherd,
Teach us to follow you
to spread compassion to those who are far away,
to speak for those who are voiceless,
to defend those who are oppressed and abused,
to work for justice for those who are exploited,
to make peace for those who suffer violence,
to take the time to recognise our connectedness,
and to love as you have loved us.
Good Shepherd,
Teach us to follow you
and to be faithful to calling you gave us
to be shepherds in your name.


EChurch@Wartburg – 8.10.14 — 5 Comments

  1. “Not that we loved God but that He loved us and gave Himself.” This is love. Amen.
    Wonderful reminder in such times. Thanks again, Wade.

  2. Thank you for this, it has been a very difficult week. Didn't go to church today, however, I remembered that Wartburg Watch was having an e-church I could listen to. Transparency, oh how I needed to hear this. Thank you two D's and thank you Wade. Ladies, praying for you as I know you have been through a marathon of comments this week.

  3. Well, I have a different perspective on the genealogy of Jesus as I’m of the opinion that lineage was supposed to pass through women. One of the reasons for my belief is right in Genesis 3 that mentions the seed of the woman. The other is the fact that Genesis, Jesus, and Paul all confirm that it was the man who was to leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife (where she was obviously.)

    We see traces of that early in the OT where the mother’s name is recorded. Of interest is several instances where the man is expected to leave his parents/tribe to “cleave” to his wife in her tribe; i.e. Jacob for one. He goes to the tribe of Laban to find a wife but after 20 yrs. or so, incurs the anger of Laban when he tries to take Rachel and Lea to his home. Laban leaves the decision to his daughters but makes Jacob promise not to abuse/harm them in any way. The mandate for the man dwelling in the tribe of the wife’s parents was, imo, a safeguard against abuse as they are her natural protectors.

    This practice began to change as time went on due to a number of factors; one being the desire of Israel for a king. God acquiesced to their demand, but warned what the outcome would be and one of those was the treatment of their sons and daughters by the king. That proved to be true as women were taken as spoils of war and removed from their tribes into those of their captors. Even earlier in the book of Judges, we see the mother of Sisera expecting her son’s arrival with a “maiden or two for every warrior.”

    In Ruth 4:11 both Rachel and Lea are honored as having “built” the house of Israel.

    I think God’s plan was not entirely obstructed by men recording genealogy through the male because we find 4 women in the lineage of Jesus in Matthew’s gospel. And the complete fulfillment is in the fact that Mary’s seed (Gen. 3) gave birth to the Messiah.

    Many Jews today still abide by the rule of the Mishnah that to be a Jew, one’s mother must be Jewish or otherwise the child must convert.

    All that’s to say, I don’t think it’s an accident nor a “token” of honor to women that Matthew included them in his record of lineage, but rather proof positive that although man might disrupt God’s plan for a time, He always fulfills His plan in spite of their disruptions.

    And last but not least, God abides by His own plan by leaving His Father to cleave to His bride (at her home).

    For this cause shall a man (male) leave his father and mother (his tribe) and cleave to his wife (at her home/tribe).

    Just how I see it although many disagree.

    As always, I’m grateful for EChurch!