Journey Blessing #ecic24

L: In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

Song: In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful,

In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful,
In the Lord I’ll rejoice.
Look to God, do not be afraid,
Lift up your voices, the Lord is near;
Lift up your voices the Lord is near.

Meine Hoffnung und meine Freude,
meine Stärke, mein Licht.
Christus, meine Zuversicht,
auf dich vertrau‘ ich und fürcht‘ mich nicht,
auf dich vertrau‘ ich und fürcht‘ mich nicht

Prayer

All: Lord Jesus Christ my God, be my companion, guide and protector during my journey.
Keep me from all danger, misfortune and temptation.
By Your divine power grant me a peaceful and successful journey and safe arrival.
In You I place my hope and trust and You I praise, honour and glorify, together with Your Father and Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

L: Bible reading: Luke 24: 13-35

The Walk to Emmaus

13 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16 but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” 19 He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. 22 Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, 23 and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.”

25 Then he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! 26 Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” 27 Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.

28 As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. 29 But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” 33 That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. 34 They were saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Silence

Prayer

All: Lord Jesus, You traveled with the two disciples after the resurrection and set their hearts on fire with Your grace.
Travel also with me and gladden my heart with Your presence.
I know, Lord, that I am a pilgrim on this earth, seeking the citizenship which is in heaven. During my journey surround me with Your holy angels and keep me safe from seen and unseen dangers.
Grant that I may carry out my plans and fulfill my expectations according to Your will.
Help me to see the beauty of creation and to comprehend the wonder of Your truth in all things.
For You are the Way, the Truth and the Life, and to You I give thanks, praise and glory forever. Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

Song: God, your hands enfold me (Herra, kädelläsi).

God, your hands enfold me, faithfully I live
in the love that only you can give.
ev ’ry heart that’s broken,
ev ’ry wounded soul
comes to peace in you, who makes us whole.
Always I am near you,
God of rest and peace,
all my longing for your care you know.
Always I am near you,
God of rest and peace,
in your love alone my love may grow.

Gott, in deinen Händen ist Vergebung da.
Du baust eine Brücke, die mich trägt.
Sie verbindet Ufer, nichts trennt mich von dir.
Bleib bei mir begleite meinen Weg.
Gott, mit deiner Liebe fängt mein Leben an.
Du bist es, der meinen Sinn ersann.
Gott, mit deiner Liebe fängt mein Leben an.
Dir sing ich mein Lied, solang ich kann.

Blessing

L: May God the Father
prepare your journey,
Jesus the Son
guide your footsteps,
The Spirit of Life
strengthen your body,
The Three in One
watch over you,
on every road
that you may follow.

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