Liturgy for April 29th

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 people who are unwell or injured

We pray for all who are unwell in body or mind, or suffer from injuries. Although the attention of the media at this moment in time focuses primarily on the Coronavirus pandemic, there are also countless other illnesses or accidents limiting people’s lives. God, heal and help people who are suffering from trials and tribulations at this time.

For justice and mercy

We pray, in this time of social distancing and lockdown restrictions across the world, for a new and continuing focus on human rights and human dignity. We pray for people who are in desperate need of asylum, because their lives are in danger. God, you ask us to treat  others justly, and you care for those most vulnerable in our world – inspire us to contribute to a fairer and more merciful society.

For the poorest people in our world

We pray for all who are lacking the bare essentials of life: clean water, nutritious food, peace, medical care, freedom etc. The Coronavirus has started to spread to slums, refugee camps and prisons. The generally dire situations in these places have worsened with the additional challenges now faced.

Further Intercessions

God, hear our personal prayers.

Lords Prayer

Blessing

God, Creator, bless us, for this world does not have to remain as it is!
God, Love, bless us, for this life on earth is not all there is!
God, Power, bless us, for there are more possibilities than we imagine!
Alleluia!

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, at a convenient time between 5 and 9 pm.  This is a way of being connected with each other at a particular time.
Prayer requests are welcome and can be sent to 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