Welcome to a Gathering of EChurch@Wartburg
Bold colors of the American southwest mark the iconic Horseshoe Bend
Here is our Order of Worship
A Call to Worship link
God of Hope,
we come into your presence this morning
with confidence that you will meet us here.
Where there is sadness, bring joy;
Where there is tiredness, bring refreshment;
Where there is despair, bring a renewed sense of hope.
Let this place be a sanctuary,
a safe haven for us,
a home for holy words and songs and prayers
as we devote ourselves to you.
We pray this in Jesus’ name
Prayer of Benedict link
O gracious and holy Father,
give us wisdom to perceive you,
diligence to seek you,
patience to wait for you,
eyes to behold you,
a heart to meditate upon you,
and a life to proclaim you;
through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Scripture Reading: Luke 11:24-26 (NASB Bible Gateway)
“When the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and not finding any, it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds it swept and put in order. Then it goes and takes along seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first.”
The Lord's Prayer
Our Father who art in heaven. Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.
Go, and know the Lord goes with you.
Let him lead you each day into the quiet place of your heart,
where he will speak to you.
Know that he blesses and watches over you
– that he listens to you in gentle understanding –
that he is with you always, wherever you are and however you may feel.
Thanks, Pastor Wade Burleson, good follow-up to last week, regarding praying for loved ones. Pray the strong man out and the Spirit of God in. I’ll let you know what happens.
Hope everyone has a nice Sunday.
“Is There A Future Christianity Makeover In The Works, Perhaps?”
The world is changing.
Fairly recent events have caused many folk to stop and simply wonder why things are happening the way that they are…
Science, politics, sexuality (for example) , all are moving in very different directions, at a rapid pace, leaving the 501(c)3 Christian church to wonder how to regain (if possible) its ‘voice’ in a culture that continues to ignore or ridicule Jesus’ good news of the gospel message.
Q. How do professional 501(c)3 pastors and ministry leaders respond to this?
Q. Should they follow the dictates of the culture, or close ranks and ignore what’s going on around them, or is there a better way forward?
Q. What voice can help them engage the world instead of abandoning or surrendering to it?
Not a sermon, just a thought,
ref: CT Today; Logos Bible Software.