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Jesus the Healer – Healing Service

Jesus the Healer – Healing Service

Words for the service to bring to a close the Quiet Day ‘Jesus the Healer’

Call to Worship

We come to God whose love makes us whole.
We come as we are, with our hurts and our ills.

We offer our world, fragmented and bruised,
knowing God will heal us through Jesus our Lord.

  

For blessings of creation,
we give you thanks, O God.

For blessings of friendship,
we give you thanks, O God.

For blessings of healing,
we give you thanks, O God.

(Examples of blessings may be named).

Through Christ, Source of creation,
we pray for healing of the earth.

Through Christ, Source of peace,
we pray for peace among hostile peoples.

Through Christ, Source of love,
we pray for love in our families and communities.

Through Christ, Source of joy,
we pray for delight in our lives.
Through Christ, Source of freedom,
we pray forgiveness for past wrongs.

Through Christ, Source of resurrection,
we pray for help to make a new start.

(Any may name places of conflict, sorrow or pain.)

  

Intercession for Others

Let us pray for those who serve the public health and take part in the process of healing:(Any may name medical or care staff.)

Healer, Pain-bearer,
may they seek to heal the whole person and be your instruments of love.

Let us circle in healing prayer those known to us that we now name

(Names are mentioned aloud or in silence.)

Let us say together:
Spirit of the Living God,
present with us now,
enter their minds, bodies and spirits
and heal them of all that harms.

Bible Reading

O God of the weak,
O God of the lowly,
O God of the righteous,
O shield of the people,
Speak now through your word. 

He came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon. 18 They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. 19 And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them.  (Luke 6v17-19)

  

The Invocation of the Spirit

(Prayer for ourselves)

In silence we place ourselves in the presence of God’s healing love

By the presence of God with us now
may the healing spirit flow through us,
to warm us, to free us, to make us strong.

From injury to our body
we are healed.

From violence to our personality
we are healed.

From denial of our calling
we are healed.

Prayer for Healers

Almighty God,
You sent your blessed Son to be the great physician
of our souls and bodies:
Look upon those who have dedicated their lives
to the ministry of healing body and soul.
Bless and strengthen them in your service;
use their skill for the relief of suffering
and the restoration of health;
and help them ever to remember
that in ministering to others they minister to you;
through the same Jesus Christ our Redeemer
(after Frank Colquhoun)

Giver of Life,
Bearer of Pain,
Maker of Love,
you are able to accept in us
what we cannot even acknowledge;
you are able to name in us
what we cannot bear to speak of;
you are able to hold in your memory
what we have tried to forget;
you are able to hold out to us
the glory that we cannot conceive of.

Reconcile us through your Cross
to all that we have rejected in ourselves,
that we may find no part of your creation
to be alien or strange to us,
and that we ourselves may be made whole.                   (Janet Morley)

       The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever.   
Amen.

The Blessing

On our heads and our houses,
The blessing of God.

In our coming and our going,
The peace of God.

In our life and our believing,
The love of God.

At our end and our new beginning,
The arms of God to welcome us
and bring us home.   Amen.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:

This service is adapted from the book ‘Liturgies from Lindisfarne’ and is © Copyright 2010 Ray Simpson.   

Scripture quotations are copyright © New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright 1989, 1995, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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