Sunday, October 05, 2014

For Mom

One of the things I did this past week was to post a healing service for my parish nursing class. We were instructed to incorporate from our own denominational traditions.  It was one of our assignments and I spent a lot of time on it, partly because I experienced technical difficulties but also because I wanted it to be meaningful. I kept thinking about my Mom as I did it. She is deep into her radiation treatments right now. She is not a complainer. I believe the resulting symptoms are rather brutal and exhausting her, but this is what she said when I asked how it was going, "Well, it's not fun." That is it. That shows what a complainer my Mom is. Still, I know she is suffering.

Anyway, I decided I would post mine for my Mom.  Perhaps someone else out there feels in need of healing today as well, whether it be physical, emotional or spiritual.

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Confession and Forgiveness
Leader: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
All: Amen
Leader: Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All: Amen
Leader: Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another. Most merciful God...
All: We confess that we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.  Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name. Amen.
Leader: In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for his sake God forgives us all our sins.
Leader: Let us pray. O Almighty and most Merciful God, through your bountiful goodness, keep us from all things that may hurt us. Heal us both in body and soul so that we may accomplish all that you would have us do. Grant us wisdom, courage and patience as we seek your will in all things.  Grant this, we pray, though you Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
All: Amen
Reader: Psalm 107:19-21 (NIV): Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.  He sent out his word and healed them;  He rescued them from the grave.  Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.
Please feel free to come to the altar for communion. As you leave the communion station you are welcome to go to the side stations where you will be anointed with oil as you receive words of healing. 

 Reader:  Psalm 103:2-4 ESV
   Bless the Lord, O My Soul, and forget not all his benefits.
   Who  forgives all your iniquity,
   Who heals all your diseases,
   Who redeems your life from the pit,
   Who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy.

Prayers of Intercession
Leader: Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.  Father in Heaven, to You we lift up our hearts and our souls.  We put our trust in you and we look to you for guidance and wisdom.  We ask that you teach us your paths and give us the strength to follow your will. You have led us down trails of love and faithfulness, enveloping us in your tender mercy. Lord in your mercy,
All: Hear Our Prayer.
Leader:  Lord we seek your grace, your mercy and your tenderness during our times of trial. We ask that you also wrap your compassion around those in pain who do not yet realize they need your presence. Lord in your mercy,
All: Hear Our Prayer.
Leader: God of all kindness, protect us today from calamities and distresses.  We pray that you bring health where there is no health, peace where there is no peace, and joy where there is no joy, Lord in your mercy,
All: Hear Our Prayer. 
Reader:  Psalm 46:10 (New Living Translation)
 Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation.  I will be honored throughout the world.
Leader: May the Lord bless you and keep you.  May the Lord make his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you. May he look upon you with favor and grant you peace.
All:  Amen
Leader: Go in peace and serve the Lord.
All:  Thanks be to God!