We prepare for prayer
Hymn — “Love Divine, All Love Excelling”
[Or select throughout hymns of your own choice. A list of traditional hymns containing references to divine healing is found at end of this service order below.]
[Here and later the speaker or leader might wish to comment concerning some aspect of divine healing. A lengthy list of Scriptures on the topic is included at the end of this order of worship, following the list of hymns regarding the same topic.]
O God of peace, you have taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shll be our strength. By the might of your Holy Spirit lift us, we pray, to your presence, where we may be still and know that you are God. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
HYMN — “At Even When the Sun was Set”
Responsive Prayer for Healing and Wholeness of all Sorts
Leader: Let us name before God those for whom we offer our prayers.
[Spontaneously name those for whom we wish to intercede now in particular.]
Leader: God the Father, your will for all people is health and salvation. We praise you and thank you, O Lord.
People: Son of God, you came that we might have life, and have it more abundantly. We praise you and thank you, O Lord.
Leader: Holy Spirit, you make our bodies the temple of your presence. We praise you and thank you, O Lord.
People: Lord, grant your healing grace to all who are sick, injured or disabled, that they may be made whole. Hear us, O Lord of life.
Leader: Grant to all who seek your guidance, and to all who are lonely, anxious or despondent, a knowledge of your will and an awareness of your presence. Hear us, O Lord of life.
People: Mend broken relationships, and restore those in emotional distress to soundness of mind and serenity of spirit. Hear us, O Lord of life.
Leader: Bless physicians, nurses, and all others who minister to the suffering, granting them wisdom and skill, sympathy and patience. Hear us, O Lord of life.
People: Give to the dying peace and a holy death, and uphold by the grace and consolation of your Holy Spirit those who are bereaved. Hear us, O Lord of life.
Leader: Restore to wholeness whatever is broken by human sin: in our lives, in our nation, and in the world. Hear us, O Lord of life.
People: You are the Lord who does wonders. You have declared your power among the peoples.
Leader: With you, O Lord, is the well of life, and in your light we see light.
All: Hear us, O Lord of life. Heal us, and make us whole.
Leader: Almighty God, giver of life and health: send your blessing on all who are sick, and on all who minister to them, that all weakness may be vanquished by the triumph of the risen Christ, who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
People: Savior of the world, by your cross and precious blood you have redeemed us. Save us and help us, we humbly beseech you, O Lord.
We find healing also through Communion
Hymn — “Bring Christ Your Broken Life”
SERVING THE COMMUNION.
Since earliest times, this participation in Christ’s body and blood has been regarded by the faithful as related to wholeness and healing, physical as well as spiritual (1 Cor. 11:28-31). One early church father called it “the medicine of immortality.” We understand this, not in magical terms, but as related to confession of sin, forgiveness, and oneness with the risen Christ and with his body the Church.
HYMN DURING COMMUNION — “Jesus is Lord”
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Leader: The Almighty Lord, who is a strong tower to all who put their trust in him, to whom all things in heaven, on earth, and under the earth bow and obey; be now and evermore our defense, and make us know and feel that the only Name under heaven given for health and salvation is the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Personal petitions for the sick
[Spontaneous sentence prayers of the congregation]
INVITATION FOR ANOINTING WITH OIL
Those who wish to receive the ministry of anointing of oil and prayer are invited to come kneel at the altar (or podium, or other designated place).
Elders/pastors anoint each person in turn with oil (perhaps making sign of the Cross on forehead with finger or thumb dipped in olive or other oil), and, while laying hands on head or shoulder, pray specifically for divine healing for that individual.
We commit ourselves to God and leave in His care
SONG — “Be With Me, Lord”
All: Almighty God, so draw our hearts to you, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly yours. And then use us we pray, as you will, and always to your glory and the welfare of your people. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Leader: May God the Father bless us; may Jesus Christ heal us; may the Holy Spirit give us needed strength. May God guard and save us, body and soul, and bring us safely to his heavenly country, where he lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.
TESTIMONY OF THE HYMNBOOK TO DIVINE HEALING
God is the fountain whence ten thousand blessings flow; to Him my life, my health, and friends, and every good I owe. (God is the Fountain Whence)
At even, when the sun was set, the sick, O Lord, around Thee lay; O in what divers pains they met! O with what joy they went away!
Once more ’tis eventide, and we, oppressed with various ills, draw near; what if Thy form we cannot see, we know and feel that Thou art here.
O Savior Christ, our woes dispel; for some are sick and some are sad; and some have never loved Thee well, and some have lost the love they had.
And none, O Lord, have perfect rest, for none are wholly free from sin; and they who fain would serve Thee best are conscious most of wrong within.
Thy touch has still its ancient pow’r; no word from Thee can fruitless fall; hear, in this solemn evening hour, and in Thy mercy heal us all. (At Even When the Sun Was Set)
Savior, breathe an evening blessing ere repose our spirits seal; sin and want we come confessing; Thou canst save and Thou canst heal. (Savior, Breathe an Evening Blessing)
Grant that all may seek and find Thee a God supremely kind; heal the sick, the captive free; let us all rejoice in Thee. (Lord, We Come Before Thee Now)
There is sight for the blinded and cure for the ill. There is balm for the wounded — be healed if you will. (There is Rest for the Weary)
Just as I am! poor, wretched, blind; sight, riches, healing of the mind; yea, all I need, in Thee to find — O Lamb of God, I come! I come! (Just As I Am)
Have Thine own way, Lord, have Thine own way! Wounded and weary, help me, I pray! Power, all power, surely is Thine! Touch me and heal me, Savior divine! (Have Thine Own Way)
I know my heav’nly Father knows the balm I need to soothe my woes; and with his touch of love divine, He heals this wounded soul of mine. (I Know My Heav’nly Father Knows)
I was bruised, but Jesus healed me; faint was I from many a fall; sight was gone, and fears possessed me, but He freed me from them all. (I Will Sing the Wondrous Story)
In pain a balm, in weakness might, is the wonderful love of Jesus. (Wonderful Love of Jesus / In Vain in High and Holy Lays)
Down in the human heart, crushed by the tempter, feelings lie buried that grace can restore; touched by a loving hand, wakened by kindness, chords that were broken will vibrate once more. (Rescue the Perishing)
E’en now I can see thro’ a mist of tears, that hand still outstretched o’er a gulf of years, with healing and hope for my sinsick soul; one touch of its finger will make me whole. (The Hand that Was Nailed to the Cross)
Thou who didst come to bring, on thy redeeming wing, healing and sight, health to the sick in mind, sight to the inly blind — O now to all mankind, Let there be light! (Thou, Whose Almighty Word)
Divinest consolation doth Christ the Healer give; art thou in condemnation? Believe, repent and live. (O Heart Bowed Down)
How sweet the name of Jesus sounds in a believer’s ear! It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds, and drives away his fear.
It makes the wounded spirit whole, and calms the troubled breast; ’tis manna to the weary soul, and to the weary, rest.
[ . . . ‘Tis life and health and peace.] (How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds)
Out of my sickness, into Thy health, out of my want and into Thy wealth, out of my sin and into Thyself, Jesus, I come to Thee. (Out of My Bondage)
Plenteous grace with Thee is found, grace to cover all my sin; let the healing streams abound; make and keep me pure within. Thou of life the fountain art; freely let me take of Thee; spring thou up within my heart, rise to all eternity. (Jesus, Lover of My Soul)
Jesus, Rose of Sharon, balm for every ill, may Thy tender mercy’s healing pow’r distil for afflicted souls of weary, burdened men, giving needy mortals health and hope again. (Jesus, Rose of Sharon)
Trusting only in Thy merit, would I seek Thy face; heal my wounded, broken spirit; save me by Thy grace. (Pass Me Not)
O Master, from the mountain side make haste to heal these hearts of pain; among these restless throngs abide, O tread the city’s streets again. (Where Cross the Crowded Ways)
Drop Thy still dews of quietness, till all our strivings cease; take from our soul the strain and stress, and let our ordered lives confess the beauty of Thy peace. (Dear Lord and Father of Mankind)
Open now the crystal fountain whence the healing waters flow; let the fiery, cloudy pillar lead me all my journey through. Strong Deliv’rer, be Thou still my strength and shield. (Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah)
SCRIPTURES ON DIVINE HEALING
Gen. 30:1-2, 22
1 Sam. 1:1-20
1 Kings 13:1-10, 33-34
1 Kings 17:17-24
2 Kings 1:2-4
2 Kings 5:1-27
2 Kings 20:5
2 Chron. 6:28-30
2 Chron. 7:13-14
2 Chron. 16:12-13
Job 2:7; 42:10
Isa. 42:1, 6-7
Mk. 1:29-31; Matt. 8:14-15; Lk. 4:38-39
Mk. 1:40-45; Matt. 8:2-4
Mk. 2:1-12; Matt. 9:1-8; Lk. 5:17-26
Mk. 3:1-6; Matt. 12:9-14; Lk. 6:6-11
Mk. 5:25-34; Matt. 9:20-22; Lk. 8:43-48
Mk. 10:46-52; Lk. 18:35-43
Matt. 8:5-13; John 4:46-54
Lk. 10:1-2, 8-9
Acts 5:12, 14-16
1 Cor. 11:28-32
1 Cor. 12:9,10,28,30
2 Cor. 4:11
2 Cor. 12:7-9
1 Thess. 5:23
1 Tim. 5:23
1 Peter 2:24,25
3 John 2
Rev. 21:1,4; 22:1-3