Liturgy for April 1st

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.
Psalm 16:11

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.
Hebrews 12:2

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.
2 Corinthians 3: 6

Prayers of Intercession

For the wider work of our church in the world, particularly in Albania and Macedonia

Our church is a worldwide church. Jean and Wilfried Nausner connect us in a special way with the churches in Albania and Macedonia and their work. We pray for the children of the school in Ohrid, which has to remain closed at present. We are thankful for creative forms of joining in worship, for example by mobile/ cell phone. We pray that the Miss Stone Centre in Strumica will be able to help as many people as possible, even though deliveries are rare. We pray that it will receive foreign financial aid to secure its continuation.

For people suffering from loneliness

Many people are on their own at the moment; sitting at home, or confined to their beds in hospitals, nursing homes or care homes. Particularly the older generation has less technological opportunities to connect and catch up with others. And younger children without siblings are suffering from not being able to play with their friends.

For families

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.

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, followed 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