Liturgy for May 20th

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 God’s closeness to be tangible

We pray for people who are excited to meet friends and acquaintances again; for people who feel trapped and are longing for freedom. We pray for all who think that the restrictions are lifted too soon, who would rather wait to see how everything develops.   Tomorrow we celebrate the Ascension of Christ. Strengthen us in our certainty that you, God, are always with us, even if we cannot touch you or see you. You promise us your Spirit, who gives us patience, courage, comfort, compassion and love; Your Spirit guides us.

For nature

In Spring we marvel at your wonderful Creation, God. We see nature awake; we here birds sing and smell the scents of flowers in bloom. Give our politicians and economists the vision and courage to contribute to the necessary measures to protect our environment sustainably. Call the environmental sinners to repent. Help us all to play our part and to look after your Creation responsibly.

For people, who are remembering

75 years ago, WWII came to an end. Many people remember their own history and the history of their families: hunger, suffering, death, escape, guilt, persecution; as well as new beginnings, re-building, hard work, and thankfulness for protection and aid. May our memories impact our decisions in this day and age. Strengthen our commitment to justice and peace.

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