Liturgy for March 25th

Opening Prayer

Lord, you’ve got my feet on the life path,
all radiant from the shining of your face.
Ever since you took my hand, I’m on the right way. We come to you, God, in this time of prayer.
Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus,
on whom our faith depends
from beginning to end.
We bring before you now
the thoughts that are moving
our hearts and minds.
We know that your Spirit is with us
and gives us life.

Prayers of Intercession

For the Work of the Diakonie Zentrum Spattstraße (Linz)*

The staff are currently stretched, coping with their own need to feel safe and with the needs of the young people they are entrusted to look after.
God, give them strength and courage for their work.

For all the people, who are offering their time and practical help to others

Many people are called upon for help at this time in their professions and vocations:
We pray for mothers and fathers; for nurses and carers, for all who work hard to keep our infrastructure operating. God, give them strength and courage for their tasks.

For the members and friends of our church communities

We are all attempting to get used to our new circumstances.
God, help us to design our changed daily routines in life according to your will.

For people in need

We think of all those affected by war and unrest; of people stuck in refugee camps or in prisons, who are waiting for an improvement to their situation; of those fearful for their lives and the loves of loved ones. God, send your light to all the places of darkness.

Further Intercessions

God, hear our personal prayers.

Lords Prayer

Blessing

In times, which are characterized by the absence of touch,
Touch us, Lord, with your love:
Let us feel your comfort, like the embrace of a loving mother and a merciful father. Give us warmth and courage, as when a friend or a sibling holds our hand.
Be the love and care within our hearts, in our hearing and in our speaking.
Amen.

*  In 1963 the Diakonie Zentrum Spattstraße was founded. It is the social institution of the Evangelisch-metho- distischen Kirche (UMC) in Austria, and supports children, young people and families. www.spattstrasse.at

What are the Methodist Wednesday Prayers?

Church is community, and church buildings are places where we encounter one another (and God). The importance of such opportunities for meeting others is now felt, as they are inaccessible to us. At a time, when church buildings have to remain closed and we cannot be physically close to each other, we want to explore new ways of staying connected with each other. One example are our Wednesday Prayers, which started in the EmK Salzburg congregation – we now invite everyone in Austria and beyond to join us in prayer. Other ways of staying connected can be found on blog.emk.at.

How does this work?

We invite everyone to pray on a Wednesday evening, somewhere between 5 and 9 pm.

This is a way of being connected with each other at a particular time.
Prayer requests for the following Wednesday can be sent in by Sunday afternoon, 3 pm: gebet@emk.at or given by phone to Pastor Martin Obermeir-Siegrist, 0650 77 99 008.

Four Parts

The Opening Prayer stays the same. It reminds us of God’s promises in the Holy Scriptures* and helps us to focus on our triune God. We recommend that this prayers is read out/ spoken loudly.
The Prayer Requests change each week. There will always be a main item in bold type, fol- lowed by some explanations. This part offers the freedom to create these prayers in a more personal style. For example, the prayer requests could be read out as printed. After every request, there could be a period of silent or spoken prayer.

The Lord’s Prayer is the prayer Jesus taught us, which connects all those who pray in his name. It is best to pray this prayer out loud in the language closest to our hearts. In English, the traditional words are:

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, for ever and ever.
Amen.

The Blessing sends us from this time of prayer back into our daily routines uns – this is changed according to the season of the church year. We recommend that the Blessing is spoken out loud.

Foto: Stefan Schröckenfuchs