EChurch@Wartburg – 4.19.15

Welcome to Our Gathering of EChurch@Wartburg











Washington, D.C. in Spring

Here is our order of worship

A Prayer for Love link

​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 of Dietrich Bonhoeffer Link
Here is a link to a bio of this amazing pastor.

O God, early in the morning I cry to you.
Help me to pray
And to concentrate my thoughts on you:
I cannot do this alone.
In me there is darkness,
But with you there is light;
I am lonely, but you do not leave me;
I am feeble in heart, but with you there is help;
I am restless, but with you there is peace.
In me there is bitterness, but with you there is patience;
I do not understand your ways,
But you know the way for me…
Restore me to liberty,
And enable me to live now
That I may answer before you and before me.
Lord, whatever this day may bring,
Your name be praised.

Scripture Reading:  Luke 7:1-10 (NASB Bible Gateway)

When He had completed all His discourse in the hearing of the people, He went to Capernaum. And a centurion’s slave, who was highly regarded by him, was sick and about to die. When he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders asking Him to come and save the life of his slave. When they came to Jesus, they earnestly implored Him, saying, “He is worthy for You to grant this to him; 5 for he loves our nation and it was he who built us our synagogue.” Now Jesus started on His way with them; and when He was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends, saying to Him, “Lord, do not trouble Yourself further, for I am not worthy for You to come under my roof; for this reason I did not even consider myself worthy to come to You, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man placed under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.” Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled at him, and turned and said to the crowd that was following Him, “I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such great faith.” When those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.

A Prayer of St Richard link
(Do you recognize some these words featured in Godspell? 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.

A Prayer for Forgiveness by Beth McLendon link
(You will always be forgiven. He loves you dearly and understands. So run to HIm. )

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.

Dee has been stuck on the following song all week. I shall pray for all of us that are stuck in "that desert place."

A Benediction link  Abound in hope because you are loved!! The Deebs pray this for all of you!

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. 
Romans 15:13


EChurch@Wartburg – 4.19.15 — 3 Comments

  1. Dee,

    Love the song by the Newsboys! Now it's stuck in my head. Praying for those who are alone in "that desert place".

  2. As always, Wade’s elaboration of the scriptures encourages me to think.

    Centurions would make a good study in themselves and I just might do that after reading this passage of scripture. 🙂

    The account is a bit different in Matthew’s gospel, but this one was most interesting. I noticed that the centurion first sent Jewish elders to Jesus. They apparently tried to persuade Jesus by elevating the centurion’s reputation and his worthiness. Jesus had no response.

    Later, the centurion sent “friends” and those apparently conveyed the words directly from him that conveyed humility on his part as well as his unworthiness… these words reflected the opposite image and words the Jewish elders offered.

    If I’m reading correctly, it was the words from the centurion’s friends that Jesus responded to. It was the humility, faith, and sense of unworthiness that Jesus marveled at from one with such power and authority.

    What a wonderful story! Thank you Wade!

    And as always, I’m blessed by the prayers and hymns from Deb and Dee!