Liturgy for May 13th

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 difficult situations

We pray for situations that seem hopeless. For people who have lost their courage. For people who experience twists of fate, which leave them feeling powerless. For illnesses, which show no signs of healing.
God of Creation and Resurrection, be close to us with your miraculous power. Give to all your people who are facing death the gift of eternal life.  

For teachers and students/ learners

We pray for all, who are in education at this time: for children who are being homeschooled; for lecturers and teachers, who experience teaching from a distance as an additional challenge at the moment; for parents working from home and helping their children with their home-studies at the same time; for those in further education at university or in apprenticeships, for preschool children and all, who are in education at the Third Age.

For Mothers and all who are in loving relationships

We pray for all the mothers, and especially those who are currently worried about their children. We pray for all who care for others in motherly ways. We pray for all who hold on to relationships with friends, members of their church/ faith group, family members abroad, or even a partner they cannot be with, due to the current pandemic. May your love keep us all strong in these difficult times.

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