EChurch@Wartburg – 2.15.15

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Heart of Candles

Here Is Our Order of Worship

A Prayer of Ambrose (c 339-97) link

O Lord, who hast mercy upon all, take away from me my sins, and mercifully kindle in me the fire of thy Holy Spirit.
Take away from me the heart of stone,and give me a heart of flesh,
a heart to love and adore thee,a heart to delight in thee, to follow and to enjoy thee, for Christ’s sake.
In Jesus name,

A Prayer By Thomas Cranmer link

"This collect was written by Thomas Cranmer and is based on 1 Corinthians 13. Cranmer was Archbishop of Canterbury during the reign of Henry VIII and was finally executed during the reign of Henry's daughter Mary.

Lord God,
you have taught us that anything we do without love is worth nothing,
for whoever lives without love is counted dead before you;
send your Holy Spirit,and pour into our hearts
that most excellent gift of love, the true bond of peace and of all virtues;
grant this for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ
who is alive with with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and for ever.

Scripture Reading:  Luke 6:27-28 ((Bible Gateway)

But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

A Prayer by Anselm of Canterbury link

O Lord my God,
teach my heart where and how to seek you, where and how to find you.
Lord, if you are not here but absent, where shall I seek you?
But you are everywhere, so you must be here, why then do I not seek you?…

Lord, I am not trying to make my way to your height, for my understanding is in no way equal to that,
but I do desire to understand a little of your truth which my heart already believes and loves.
I do not seek to understand so that I may believe, but I believe so that I may understand;
and what is more, I believe that unless I do believe I shall not understand.

A Prayer by CS Lewis link

“Master, they say that when I seem to be in speech with you,
Since you make no replies, it’s all a dream
– One talker aping two.

They are half right, but not as they imagine;
Rather, I seek in myself the things I meant to say,
And lo! the wells are dry.

Then, seeing me empty, you forsake the Listener’s role,
And through my dead lips breathe and into utterance wake
The thoughts I never knew.

And thus you neither need reply nor can;
thus, while we seem two talking,
thou art One forever, and I no dreamer, but thy dream.


EChurch@Wartburg – 2.15.15 — 7 Comments

  1. Thank you WW for these poems and thoughts. Luke 27-28, can I ever do this? With help of my group, I am taking small steps.

  2. I liked the Thomas Cranmer poem. I have read several books about the reign of Henry VIII, by C.j. Sansom. The reform movement flows throughout the books, Cranmer sometimes prominent. A fascinating period . The 1st book is called DISSOLUTION, and is about the period when Henry dissolved abbeys, monasteries, took their assets all in the name of “reform.” This crippled the Catholic Church outreach to the poor. When priests and bishops protested, many were hung from lamp posts (sometimes disemboweled) all over England. Henry really wanted the gold to finance his wars. Many had to flee England to France, so tragic.