Welcome to a Gathering of EChurch@Wartburg
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Here is Our Order of Worship
A Prayer -1 Clement (@AD 96) link
We ask you, Master, be our helper and defender.
Rescue those of our number in distress; raise up the fallen;
assist the needy; heal the sick; turn back those of your people who stray;
feed the hungry; release our captives; revive the weak; encourage those who lose heart
Let all the nations realize that you are the only God,
that Jesus Christ is your Child,
and that we are your people and the sheep of your pasture.
COME I THIS DAY: A Celtic Prayer link
Come I this day to the Father,
Come I this day to the Son,
Come I to the Holy Spirit powerful;
Come I this day with God,
Come I this day with Christ,
Come I with the Spirit of kindly balm.
God, and Spirit, and Jesus,
From the crown of my head
To the soles of my feet;
Come I with my reputation,
Come I with my testimony,
Come I to you, Jesu;
Jesu, shelter me.
Scripture Reading: Luke 1:18-25 (NASB Bible Gateway)
Zacharias said to the angel, “How will I know this for certain? For I am an old man and my wife is advanced in years.” The angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. And behold, you shall be silent and unable to speak until the day when these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time.”
The people were waiting for Zacharias, and were wondering at his delay in the temple. But when he came out, he was unable to speak to them; and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple; and he kept making signs to them, and remained mute. When the days of his priestly service were ended, he went back home.
After these days Elizabeth his wife became pregnant, and she kept herself in seclusion for five months, saying, “This is the way the Lord has dealt with me in the days when He looked with favor upon me, to take away my disgrace among men.”
Intercessory Prayer from the Taize Community link
May your peace shine among us and your love set us free, Lord, we pray.
Keep us persevering in faith and set in our hearts the desire for your Kingdom…
Guide your Church along the way of the Gospel; may your Holy Spirit keep her welcoming…
We pray for the leaders of the nations; may they have the will to promote justice and freedom…
O Christ, you have take our weaknesses upon yourself and taken charge of our illnesses; support those who are going through trials…
For those who work with the oppressed, with foreigners and with the lonely…
We entrust to you our families and friends, all who have asked for our prayers and who pray for us…
For our country, our region (village, town…), that the Christians there may be witnesses to truth and creators of unity, Lord, we pray.
A Benediction from the 1st Century Clementine Liturgy link
O God Almighty, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Your only begotten Son,
give me a body unstained, a pure heart, a watchful mind,
and an upright understanding, and the presence of Your Holy Spirit,
that I may obtain and ever hold fast to an unshaken faith in Your Truth,
through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord
through whom be glory to You in the Holy Spirit, forever and ever.