Welcome to a Gathering of EChurch@Wartburg
Here is our Order of Worship
A Prayer for the Fall link
Gracious God, As the season changes, we are reminded that you are an unchanging God,
but it is your desire to continue to change us–to mold and shape us,
to teach us to have faith like a child. Lord, be our teacher!
Lord, teach us to praise. We praise you for awe, wonder,
and excitement as new programs and plans are introduced in our denomination and individual churches this fall.
Lord, teach us to confess. At this time of year, we are inundated with busyness.
Forgive us, Lord, when our busyness overshadows you. Lord, teach us to be thankful.
We are thankful that in teaching us, you change us. Teach us, Lord, to trust in you for guidance and direction.
Lord, help us realize the magnitude of your grace and then to teach others what it means to live with that grace.
As we seek to further your kingdom, fill us with the same exuberance, wonder,
and awe that we see in children at the beginning of a new school year.
The Nicene Creed: An Affirmation of Our Faith link (History)
I BELIEVE in one God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth, And of all things visible and invisible:
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God;
Begotten of his Father before all worlds,
God of God, Light of Light, Very God of very God; Begotten, not made;
Being of one substance with the Father; By whom all things were made:
Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven,
And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, And was made man:
And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried:
And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures: And ascended into heaven,
And sitteth on the right hand of the Father:
And he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead;
Whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, The Lord, and Giver of Life,
Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son;
Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified;
Who spake by the Prophets:
And I believe one Catholic and Apostolic Church:
I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins:
And I look for the Resurrection of the dead: And the Life of the world to come.
Scripture Reading: Luke 12:41-48 (NASB Bible Gateway)
Peter said, “Lord, are You addressing this parable to us, or to everyone else as well?” And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and sensible steward, whom his master will put in charge of his servants, to give them their rations at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes. Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But if that slave says in his heart, ‘My master will be a long time in coming,’ and begins to beat the slaves, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk; the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces, and assign him a place with the unbelievers. And that slave who knew his master’s will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will receive many lashes, but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few. From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.
Saint Francis of Assisi's Prayer in Praise of God link
You are holy, Lord, the only God, and Your deeds are wonderful.
You are strong.
You are great.
You are the Most High.
You are Almighty.
You, Holy Father are King of heaven and earth.
You are Three and One, Lord God, all Good.
You are Good, all Good, supreme Good, Lord God, living and true.
You are love.
You are wisdom.
You are humility.
You are endurance.
You are rest.
You are peace.
You are joy and gladness.
You are justice and moderation.
You are all our riches, and You suffice for us.
You are beauty.
You are gentleness.
You are our protector.
You are our guardian and defender.
You are our courage.
You are our haven and our hope.
You are our faith, our great consolation.
You are our eternal life, Great and Wonderful Lord, God Almighty, Merciful Saviour.
Benediction of Thomas Graham link
Now may the Lord lift up the light of His countenance upon you, and give you peace,
in your going out and in your coming in; in your sitting down and your rising up;
in your work and in your play; in your joy and in your sorrow,
in your laughter and in your tears; until that day comes which is without dawn and without dark."
Third – not that this inane competition for medals has anything to do with biblical gospelness. This is yet another example of bitter and critical spirit. I don’t know why I bother incessantly commenting here.
It seems that Nick and Roger believe in NeoCalvinism’s Eternal Subordination of the Son. You know the teaching: Jesus and the Holy Spirit are rendered obsolete.
But what do I know? I’m just a mere woman.
Cartoon. “The Persistence of Primitive Theology” brought to you by David Hayward, cartoonist, Canada.
Deb, I will listen to Wade’s message tomorrow, but for now I’d like to thank you for the beautiful hymns of worship….especially Matt Redman’s “10,000 Reasons!” It always blesses me!
Thanks for eChurch!
You are so welcome! The second and third songs were sung during one of the worship services last Sunday at Emmanuel Enid. I like to use their music selections sometimes.
There is an uncanny resemblance between Nick, Roger Bombast, and God. 😉
Good looks? Dapper?
a night prayer
“Watch, O Lord, with those who wake, or watch, or weep tonight Give Your angels and saints charge over those who sleep.
Tend Your sick ones, O Lord Christ.
And rest Your weary ones…. ”
That is uncanny, isn’t it?
Typical slander and criticism from this unbiblical site.
Well, I am gentle and humble in heart.
Thank you for our friend across the pond, Nick. He brings joy to our souls. 🙂
I agree with Victorious. The music is special today. Matt Redmons song – 10,000 reasons has a special place in my heart. My family calls it “Roger’s song”. When our neighbor was dying 4 years ago, this was his song. They played it at his wake and at his funeral. Whenever I hear this song, I think of Roger.
Just as certain songs make you remember things, the song – “I can only imagine”, to me is about 2 friends of mine who were married that died to young. This is their song.
Thank you Deb for already starting my day out good.
i just had a thought to put out there for the sake of those who have been abused and are in need of healing:
yes, there are trained dogs and even cats who bring solace and kindness to injured people ….
if, at some point a trained therapy animal can be brought into the life of an abused person, I think it could work for good.
I got the idea because we have begun preparing for the annual feast of St. Francis and the blessing of the animals. I hope many here will seek out such a ceremony in their own community this October out of love for their pets, and if nothing more, for the sheer JOY of this annual ceremony of blessing.
Here’s something about therapy animals and their God-given gift of healing.
Wonderful video. I was just talking with a friend yesterday about the importance of therapy dogs.
And God, Nick transcribed your Yorkshire Pudding recipe (I guess he’s a modern day Moses) and it’s at the top of the page under the Interesting tab, the cooking tab.
I added my own special touch: I did the conversion from those silly metric numbers in to American numbers.
Just wanted to note here, too, that I posted an update on the open discussion thread. Thank you.
Sorry I had a busy day and didn’t have time to post the prayers until now.
*Uncle Dad (aka Wayne). His niece’s body was found in Maine and her husband has been arrested and is being charged with her murder. Pray for her parents, family members, friends, and community.
*NMGirl. I haven’t seen her post here in awhile. She was struggling financially and emotionally. She needed a new roof for her home which she couldn’t afford. She was going to be driving for Uber. She loves her pets. Please keep her in prayer on all fronts.
*Harley (in Texas). Healing from foot surgery/bone fusion. Please pray for her foot’s healing and for relief from pain. She reports improvement! Yeah. Please pray for her daughter who struggles with health problems too.
*Ishy. House is selling I think. They are looking for a new place to live. Please continue to pray for their needs.
*Billy (teenage son) and Marquis (mom) in Texas. Billy got off to a good start at high school and is turning in to quite a neat young man, an answer to our prayers after he was a crime victim. Thanks to Wartburgers who helped chip in. Pray for their finances, work for Marquis that pays decently, food, medical care, car insurance, gasoline, and other expenses. Pray for their healing. Their Go Fund Me campaign is open on the Open Discussion thread.
*Jeannette Altes (Colorado). She posted an update on the Open Discussion thread. She needs money for rent ($565 due on the 1st of the month). She also needs food and gasoline. Her Go Fund Me campaign is open.
*Tim Fall (California). Pray for his 92-year old father’s rehabilitation from a head injury, surgery, hospitalization, and a move to an assisted living facility near Tim and his wife. Please pray for them and their stress level. Pray for Tim’s other family members who are helping out with Tim’s dad.
*Syria. Sad and bad. Putin’s Russian war planes are bombing (with barrel bombs and poisons) Aleppo, Syria, and much death and destruction. Pray for the refugee crisis that it has created. Pray for peace.
*Other prayer needs. Anything I forgot or didn’t know about please post.
Thank you everyone.