EChurch@Wartburg – 5.12.13

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Here Is Our Order of Worship

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A Prayer of St Richard link
Thanks be to you, our Lord Jesus Christ,
for all the benefits which you have given us,
for all the pains and insults which you have borne for us.
Most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother,
may we know you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
and follow you more nearly,
day by day.

Brad Hawkins is Emmanuel Enid's minister to young married couples. He earned his M.Div from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and has many years in secondary education as a teacher and administrator. He currently serves as a principal at Kremlin Middle School, Kremlin, Oklahoma and as a part-time pastor at Emmanuel Enid.  He and his wife Marjorie have three children.

Scripture Reading:  Isaiah 6:1-13 (NASB Bible Gateway)

Isaiah’s Vision

In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called out to another and said,

“Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts,
The whole earth is full of His glory.”

And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke.  Then I said,

“Woe is me, for I am ruined!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I live among a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”

Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs. He touched my mouth with it and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.”

Isaiah’s Commission

Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” He said, “Go, and tell this people:

‘Keep on listening, but do not perceive;
Keep on looking, but do not understand.’
10 “Render the hearts of this people insensitive,
Their ears dull,
And their eyes [c]dim,
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
Hear with their ears,
Understand with their hearts,
And return and be healed.”

Then I said, “Lord, how long?” And He answered,

“Until cities are devastated and without inhabitant,
Houses are without people
And the land is utterly desolate,
“The Lord has removed men far away,
And the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land. “Yet there will be a tenth portion in it,
And it will again be subject to burning,
Like a terebinth or an oak
Whose stump remains when it is felled.
The holy seed is its stump.”

A Prayer for Love link
โ€‹Beautiful Lord, 
This world is full of hate and malice and sin.  
Men and women all over the world will turn on one another today. 
Lord, I pray that Your light will shine through me today as I encounter those on my journey. 
I want to show brotherly love to anyone I can.  If You provide me the means, I will follow. 
If there is a person who is hungry, I will feed them.  
If there is someone who just needs a hug, I will hug them. 
If there is anything that I can do for Your glory to show brotherly love to someone,
I pray that Your will be done.  
When people see me, I want them to see You, Father.  I praise Your Name!

A Prayer by Thomas Merton link
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 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 that 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 will I 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 will never leave me to face my perils alone.

A Prayer for Forgiveness by Beth McLendon link
Merciful Lord, Day after day, the ocean stays in the boundaries You have set for it.
Day after day, I go outside the boundaries You have set for me. 
The reasons vary, but the result is always the same.
I sin and fall short of the glory of God. 
Lord, I am here at Your throne, desiring Your forgiveness.
I thank You for Your mercy that is always ready to reach out to me.
I confess my sins and I receive Your abundant pardon. 
Lord, I ask for a fresh new motivation to follow Your will and Your ways.
May my words and actions this day be pleasing in Your sight.

A Benediction link
It is written, "Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people!"
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.


EChurch@Wartburg – 5.12.13 — 3 Comments

  1. Brad Hawkins,

    In case you stop by, I wanted to let you know that I enjoyed your sermon. I listened to it live and then again here on our EChurch. I loved choosing songs that I felt went with your message.

    I particularly enjoyed your reference to Coach Mike Krzyzewski. I was an undergrad at Duke when he came. If memory serves me correctly, he wasn’t that well-liked because he had come from West Point and didn’t have that impressive a track record. It took a number of years for Coach K to build his program. Although I have heard some criticize his language, I do believe he is a class act. Thanks for referencing him.

    Wade Burleson has been a tremendous blessing to our TWW community, and you are fortunate to be involved with such a wonderful church. His thoughtful messages have helped me get past some of the pain I have felt from previous church experiences.


  2. Brad, thank you for sharing your insights on Isaiah on EChurch. ‘Tis so true… when we encounter God’s holiness, we are never the same.

  3. Ooops…how could I forget to say thank you, Deb for the beautiful hymns that are so perfect for Brad’s Isaiah 6 sermon! Each one touched my heart, but especially the one by John Michael Talbot. What a voice he has been bless with!