This prayer service will be our last home prayer service. God’s blessings on you all. Join us online via Zoom or in-person each Sunday at 11:15 (Vienna/CET). To receive notices about online and in-person worship services, email the church office at esumc [at] emk.at.

The household gathers together. If you have a candle, light a candle to signify God’s presence. Ask the Holy Spirit to join you during this time of prayer.

GREETING
We will give thanks to you, O LORD, with our whole heart;
we will tell of all your wonderful deeds.

HYMN – „Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown“ by Charles Wesley (1742)
Lyrics and music available on YouTube – https://youtu.be/zs7Jq360iXI

OPENING PRAYER by Nancy C. Townley
O Loving God, you have drawn us together this day from a variety of backgrounds, experiences, hopes, and dreams. Be with us as together we experience your presence and your healing love. Open our hearts and our spirits to receive strength, encouragement, and peace. We pray in the Triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

PSALM 133

Moment for silent reflection

MATTHEW 15:10-28

SERMON from Day1.org (click here)

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (read aloud)
We are not alone, we live in God’s world. 
We believe in God:
who has created and is creating;
who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new;
who works in us and others by the Spirit.
We trust in God. 
We are called to be the church:
to celebrate God’s presence;
to live with respect in creation;
to love and serve others;
to seek justice and resist evil;
to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
our judge and our hope. 
In life, in death, in life beyond death,
God is with us. 
We are not alone.
Thanks be to God. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Lord, what a blessing it is to be part of a community of faith even if we are not able to gather due to pandemic. We bring before you the names of loved ones who are struggling with loss, with illness, with depression, with addiction, with alienation from those that they love. Be with each of them. Lay your hand of healing gently over their lives and pour out your balm of peace on them. Help us to reach out to be of service to each other in Jesus’ name. Lord, we also bring to you situations of celebration: birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, family gatherings, special occasions which lift us up and remind us of the goodness that there is in life. Breathe your spirit into these wonderful events that all who gather may rejoice and celebrate the blessings you have given each of us. Keep our hearts and minds open for your reconciling word for us.

We pray especially for (add individual prayers)………

We pray in the Triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

BENEDICTION
May God’s mercy and peace go with you as you re-enter God’s world to serve those in need. Go in peace. Amen.