EChurch@Wartburg – 10.14.12

Welcome to Our Gathering of EChurch@Wartburg

Enhanced Rainbow by Barb Ver Sluis

Prayer of Francis of Assisi Link

You are holy, Lord, the only God,
and your deeds are wonderful.
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 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 courage,
You are our haven and hope.
You are our faith, our greatest consolation.
You are our eternal life, great and wonderful Lord,
God almighty, merciful Saviour.


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A Prayer about Prayer by Peter Marshall Link

Lord, teach us to pray.  Some of us are not skilled in the art of prayer.
  As we draw near to you in thought, our spirits long for your Spirit, and reach out for you, longing to feel you near.
We know not how to express the deepest emotions that lie hidden in our hearts.

In these moments, we have no polished phrases with which to impress one another,  
no finely molded, delicately turned clauses to present to you.
Nor would we be confined to conventional petitions and repeat our prayers like the unwinding of a much-exposed film.
We know, our Father, that we are closest to you when we have left behind the things that have held us captive so long

We would not be ignorant in prayer and, like children, make want lists for you. 
Rather, we pray that you will give unto us only what we really need.
We would not make our prayers the importuning of you, an omnipotent God, to do what we want you to do.
Rather, give us the vision, the courage, that shall enlarge our horizons and stretch our faith to the adventure of seeking your loving will for our lives

We thank you that you are hearing us even now.
We thank you for the grace of prayer. We thank you for yourself. 

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Scripture Reading: Hebrews 11:21 (NASB Bible Gateway)

By faith Jacob, as he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff.


"Dear Lord,
I give you my hands to do Your work;
I give You my feet to go Your way;
I give You my eyes to see as You see;
I give You my tongue to speak Your words;
I give You my mind that You may think in me;
I give You my spirit that You may pray in me.
Above all, I give You my heart that You may love in me – love the Father and love all humankind.
I give You my whole self, Lord, that You may grow in me, so that it is You who lives, works and prays in me.
(From Helpful Prayers link)

Jude 1:24-25 NIV Benediction

To him who is able to keep you from stumbling
and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—
 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority,
through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore!


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


EChurch@Wartburg – 10.14.12 — 9 Comments

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    Not a big deal, but the title of the message is “I Want to Die Like This” instead of “I Don’t Want to Die Like This. 🙂 You gals have a GREAT Sunday! I appreciate all you do!

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    Totally my fault.I am so sorry. 

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    No apology needed! Great ABP article, by the way!

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    I featured the ABP article on my blog a few hours ago. For some reason this week my inbox has been filled with people who have no desire to go to church because of spiritual abuse. Thank you, Wade, Dee, and Deb providing EChurch. I know I personally have been touched by this ministry and I’m happy to continue to recommend it.

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    Julie Anne,

    You are so kind.  Thanks for featuring that Associated Baptist Press article on your blog.  We pray for those who have been hurt.  May their faith in God be restored as He draws them to Himself.

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    Thank you Julie Anne! Really appreciate your ministry!

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    Even though we may disagree on various points theological, I give a hearty AMEN to this sermon! There is nothing sadder than a life lived in futility and the despair reaped from futility. And as you’ve pointed out, it doesn’t have to be that way, it doesn’t have to be too late.

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    Thanks, Muff Potter. I know far too many people whose lives have been turned around in later years of life to believe it is ever too late for anyone.

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    You are a nice guy!