EChurch@Wartburg – 2.7.16

Welcome to a Gathering of EChurch@Wartburg Cross

Here is Our Order of Worship

A Prayer for Lent link

Loving Father, 
all the fancy words 
in the world, 
expressed in eloquent prose, 
decorated with emotion, 
spoken with conviction, 
cannot compete with a heartfelt 
when all other words fail. 
There are times 
when we are all too aware 
of our limitations, 
conscious of sin, 
and the distance it creates between us.
Sometimes 'sorry' 
is all the heart can bear to say aloud. 
It is only you 
who can read and understand 
the language of our hearts, 
only you who can translate our 'sorry' 
into the prayer we would have prayed,
if we had the words within us.
Then you forgive,
and having forgiven 
surround us in an embrace of love,
drawing us close to your heart,
as it was always meant to be. 
Thank you, Loving Father,
that you listen to hearts, 
as well as voices
Thank you.

Prayer of Richard of Chichester (1197-1253) link

Thanks be to thee, my Lord Jesus Christ, 
For all the benefits thou hast won for me, 
For all the pains and insults thou hast borne for me.

O most merciful Redeemer, Friend, and Brother, 
May I know thee more clearly, 
Love thee more dearly, 
And follow thee more nearly: 
For ever and ever. 

Scripture Reading:  Luke 9:57-62 (NASB Bible Gateway)

As they were going along the road, someone said to Him, “I will follow You wherever You go.”  And Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”  And He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.”  But He said to him, “Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God.”  Another also said, “I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home.”  But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Another Prayer for Lent link

Lord, grant us simplicity of faith
and a generosity of service
that gives without counting cost.
A life overflowing with Grace
poured out from the One
who gave everything,
that we might show
the power of love
to a broken world,
and share the truth
from a living Word.
Lord, grant us simplicity of faith,
and a yearning to share it.

As you go out, remind yourself of our shared faith.

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.

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