EChurch@Wartburg – 2.8.15

Welcome to a Gathering of EChurch@Wartburg









Winter Fog

A Prayer of Martin Luther link

Behold, Lord, an empty vessel that needs to be filled. My Lord, fill it.
I am weak in the faith; strengthen me.
I am cold in love; warm me and make me fervent, that my love may go out to my neighbor.
I do not have a strong and firm faith; at times I doubt and am unable to trust you altogether.
O Lord, help me. Strengthen my faith and trust in you.
In you I have sealed the treasure of all I have.
I am poor; you are rich and came to be merciful to the poor.
I am a sinner; you are upright.
With me, there is an abundance of sin; in you is the fullness of righteousness.
Therefore I will will remain with you, of whom I can receive, but to whom I may not give.


A 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.

Scripture Reading:  John 12:21 ((Bible Gateway):…these then came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and began to ask him, saying, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”

An African Prayer link

O Lord, we beseech thee to deliver us
from the fear of an unknown future;
from fear of failure; from fear of poverty;
from fear of bereavement; from fear of loneliness;
from fear of sickness and pain;
from fear of age; from fear of death.
Help us, O Father, by thy grace to love and fear thee only,
fill our hearts with cheerful courage and loving trust in thee:
through our Lord and Master Jesus Christ.

Traditional Benediction link
Finally, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious,
if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise,
think about these things.
What you have learned and received, do;
and the God of peace be with you.









EChurch@Wartburg – 2.8.15 — 1 Comment

  1. I pray that my thoughts cluster around what is honorable, gracious and loving this week. Thank you for reminding me.