Welcome to a Gathering of EChurch@Wartburg
Here is our Order of Worship
Ignatius Loyola (circa 1500s)
The Complete Book of Christian Prayer
"Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous;
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
To give and not to count the cost,
To fight and not heed the wounds,
To toil and not to seek for rest,
To labor and not to seek reward,
Save that of knowing that I do your will.
Fill us, we pray, with your light and life,
That we may show forth your wondrous glory.
Grant that your love may so fill our lives that we may count nothing too hard to near."
A prayer of Irenaeus- Early church father @200 A.D. Link
“Give growing maturity to beginners,
O Father; give intelligence to the little ones;
give aid to those who are running their course.
Give sorrow to the negligent;
give fervor of spirit to the lukewarm.
Give to the mature a good end;
for the sake of Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 12:5 (NASB Bible Gateway)
so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
A Prayer for Discouragement Link
Heavenly Father, I know I am close to despair.
I feel so tempted to give up, to withdraw from life and religion and let the world simply carry me along.
Everything seems so meaningless and nothing appeals to my better instincts.
Help me to remember that Jesus gave meaning to everything in the world.
Let me bank on that fact and get over this time of despair,
to really believe in the depths of my being that there is a reason for living.
Show me the reason for my life and tell me what I must do.
Bring home to me that I am never alone, but that You are with me even in the depths of despair.
Remind me that no matter what I may endure now,
an unending joy awaits me in the future if I but cling tightly to You
and your Son Jesus in the unity of the Spirit.
The Aaronic Blessing
Unto God’s gracious mercy and protection we commit you.
The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you.
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
(Numbers 6: 24-6)