EChurch@Wartburg – 7.26.15

Welcome to Our Gathering of EChurch@Wartburg

Table Mountain, Poland

Here Is Our Order of Worship

A Prayer of Patrick c 389-461 link and link

Lord, be with us this day,
Within us to purify us;
Above us to draw us up;
Beneath us to sustain us;
Before us to lead us;
Behind us to restrain us;
Around us to protect us.

Prayer of 1 Clement @ 96 AD link and 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.

We are pleased to share a wonderful message delivered last Sunday by Logan Burleson, Wade's youngest son.  We had the pleasure of meeting Logan several years ago when when we traveled to Enid, Oklahoma.  Logan is a senior at the University of Oklahoma, majoring in broadcasting, and he feels that God is calling him to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 1:3-11 (NASB Bible Gateway)

As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines, nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith. But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.  For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion, wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions.

But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.

Prayer of Anselm -1033-1109 link and link

Lord, because you have made me, I owe you the whole of my love;
because you have redeemed me, I owe you the whole of myself;
because you have promised so much, I owe you my whole being.

Moreover, I owe you as much more love than myself as you are greater than I,
for whom you gave yourself and to whom you promised yourself. 
I pray you, Lord, make me taste by love what I taste by knowledge;
let me know by love what I know by understanding.

I owe you more than my whole self, but I have no more,
and by myself I cannot render the whole of it to you.
Draw me to you, Lord, in the fullness of your love.
I am wholly yours by creation; make me all yours, too, in love.

A Closing Prayer link

To whom can we turn
when we stumble from the path,
and this world challenges
all that we hold dear?
To whom can we turn
when the walls that we have built
begin tumbling down
leaving us helpless?
In you, O Lord
will we take refuge,
our strong fortress,
the rock upon which we stand,
our faithful God.

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