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Jesus the Healer

Description

Here are a variety of worship resources for a service of healing.

Scripture

Psalm 30
Psalm 103
Matthew 4:23
Matthew 8:16
Matthew 11:28-30
Mark 1:34
Luke 4:18-19
John 10:10

Prayers

Invocation

From fears that paralyze us;
Heal us, O Lord.
From illness that strangles us;
Heal us, O Lord.
From sorrows that weigh us down;
Heal us, O Lord.
From aimlessness that plagues our visions;
Heal us, O Lord.

~ written by Katherine Hawker, and posted on Liturgy Outside.
http://liturgyoutside.net/

Prayer of Approach

Loving God,
whose touch can heal the broken places of life,
touch us today...

God of peace,
whose spirit of peace can quiet our spirits
of confusion and despair,
reassure us today...

Forgiving God,
whose call to repentance promises grace upon grace,
place your mercy in our souls today...

You who heal the sick and liberate the imprisoned,
who bring justice in the midst of oppression
and strength in the midst of weakness,
pour out your spirit of power upon us today.

Open our hearts to new faithfulness,
redirect our waywardness,
and hold us gently in your goodness.

We confess our need to you,
and we turn to you with hearts filled with hope,
remembering the promises you have made to us.

May your name be glorified in us and through us.
We ask it through Christ Jesus,
your only begotten son,
he who is our Lord and our Saviour,
our brother and our friend.

Amen.

~ based on materials by Peter K. Perry. Posted on Richard Fairchild’s Kir-shalom website.
http://www.rockies.net/~spirit/sermons/b-or04su.php

Litany for Healing & Forgiveness (inspired by Psalm 51)

Lord of our hearts, God of our lives, hear our prayers:
the sighs, the cries, the joys of our deepest thoughts.
We share all our thoughts with you, O God,
knowing that you hear and answer us,
providing us with what is best.
Come, O God, and hear us now.

Lord of all, source of health and healing,
we come to you with worries, concerns, fears, wrongs, and sins
seeking your compassion,
turning over to you all that separates us from you,
God of our hectic busyness and petty obsessions,
God of our secrecies and our defeats.
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Psalm 51:1-2
I come to you flawed and unclean, O God.
Wash me and make me whole.
Take all the darkness, the unrighteousness,
the sinfulness I bring to you and forgive me.

(Silence)

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right spirit within me.

Do not cast me away from your presence,
and do not take your holy spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and sustain in me a willing spirit.

Psalm 51:9-12

~ written by Lisa Frenz, and posted on Lisa’s Liturgies.
https://sites.google.com/site/lisasliturgies/home
If used in worship, please include the following acknowledgement: “Copyright Lisa Frenz. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission."

Prayer (inspired by Psalm 30)

Gracious God, You are the healer. You are the One who makes bodies whole, who mends marriages, who binds up broken hearts. Though You often heal through various means – doctors, medicines, surgeries, loving friends, forgiveness – You are still the source of all health and healing. You are the One who defines wholeness and who gives it as a gift.

Dear Lord, continue to heal me where I am broken. You see those places, Lord, even when I don’t see them. Heal my fears, my sadness, my inner brokenness. Make me the whole person You have created and saved me to be.

Yet I know, Lord, that full healing doesn’t come in this life. I look forward to the time when I shall stand before You completed, made perfect through Your grace. In the meanwhile, may I discover more of Your wholeness each day.

~ posted on Pray the Psalms.
http://praythepsalms.com/?p=180

Spoken Resources

Call to Worship

God comes into a world filled with uncertainties and darkness.
God seeks out the voids of belief and conviction.
God embraces the wounded and broken.
God knocks down the walls of division and strife.
God is the candle shining in the darkness of our days.
God is the light of our lives.
God is the one who makes all things new.
Praise be to God, now and forevermore!

~ based on materials by Peter K. Perry. Posted on Richard Fairchild’s Kir-shalom website.
http://www.rockies.net/~spirit/sermons/b-or04su.php

Songs

Contemporary Hymn: O Christ, the Healer

Worship Together #629

O Christ, the healer, we have come
to pray for health, to plead for friends.
How can we fail to be restored
when reached by love that never ends?

From every ailment flesh endures
our bodies clamor to be freed;
yet in our hearts we would confess
that wholeness is our deepest need.

How strong, O Lord, are our desires,
how weak our knowledge of ourselves!
Release in us those healing truths
unconscious pride resists or shelves.

In conflicts that destroy our health
we recognize the world's disease;
our common life declares our ills.
Is there no cure, O Christ, for these?

Grant that we all, made one in faith,
in your community may find
the wholeness that, enriching us,
shall reach the whole of humankind.

~ Fred Pratt Green. Words copyright © 1969 Hope Publishing Company. If you use this song in worship, be sure to report it on your CCLI license.

Tune suggestions:
O WALY, WALY (“Though I may speak with bravest fire”)
Listen to it here: http://www.hymnary.org/tune/o_waly_waly

CANONBURY (“Lord speak to me that I may speak”)
Listen to it here: http://www.hymnary.org/tune/canonbury_schumann

Contemporary Song: Healing is in Your Hands

No mountain no valley
No gain or loss we know
Could keep us from Your love

No sickness no secret
No chain is strong enough
To keep us from Your love
To keep us from Your love

How high how wide
No matter where I am
Healing is in Your hands
How deep how strong
Now by Your grace I stand
Healing is in Your hands

Our present our future
Our past is in Your hands
We're covered by Your blood
We're covered by Your blood

In all things we know that
We are more than conquerors
You keep us by Your love
You keep us by Your love

How high how wide
No matter where I am
Healing is in Your hands
How deep how deep is Your love
How strong how strong is Your love
Now by Your grace I stand
Healing is in Your hands

~Chris Tomlin, Christy Nockels, Daniel Carson, Matt Redman, Nathan Nockels. Copyright © 2010 sixsteps Music (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing) worshiptogether.com songs (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing) Vamos Publishing (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing) Thankyou Music (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing) Said And Done Music (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing) Sweater Weather Music (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing). CCLI Song #5677423. If you use this song in worship, be sure to report it on your CCLI license.

Listen to it here:
http://www.worshiptogether.com/songs/songdetail.aspx?iid=1794629

Contemporary Song: Come to the Water

Oh come come to the water
All who are thirsty
Come and be filled
Oh come come to the river
Brothers and sisters
Come and be healed
Come and be healed

We believe in the Kingdom come
We believe in the risen Son
You bring our hearts to life
Lord we come with our hands up high
We believe You will satisfy
You bring our hearts to life
You bring our hearts to life
We are alive
We are alive

Oh see the people returning
The love of the Father
Drawing us in
Oh see salvation coming Jesus our Savior
Light of the world
Light of the world

Let revival come
Let the people sing
The glory of Your name
The glory of Your name (oh)

~ Kristian Stanfill, Brett Younker. Copyright © 2012 sixsteps Music (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing)
worshiptogether.com songs (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing). CCLI Song #6364481. If you use this song in worship, be sure to report it on your CCLI license.

Listen to it here:
http://www.worshiptogether.com/songs/songdetail.aspx?iid=1960512

Images

Jesus Healing the Blind El Greco

~ The Miracle of Christ Healing the Blind, El Greco 1570

Notes

This worship resource was created/compiled by Christine Longhurst. You are welcome to use it free of charge, and where appropriate, please note the source. If you are printing any of the resources for distribution, please print the source as well. The content of the worship resource does not necessarily represent the views of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, which oversees the Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies. For more worship resources by Christine Longhurst, see http://www.re-worship.blogspot.ca or http://www.faithmatters.ca.

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