A Liturgy For a Service of Healing
UMC Book of Worship
This service is best served when held after preaching on the subject of Jesus' the healer. Usually the lectionary includes such a text in Epiphany, or Lent. This is a service for bringing healing to relationships, emotions, concepts, as well as physical needs.
Prepare by having a small vial of Olive Oil present. Make the sign of the cross on the forehead and pray, or say: "Receive this blessing in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen"
As many people will come forward for this experience
as with Holy Communion if it is done with ease, and care.
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May grace and peace be yours in abundance
in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
We have come to lift up our brothers and sisters
before the Lord
that they might receiving healing.
Let those who seek God's healing
open their hearts to the Spirit of the Lord.
Almighty and everlasting God, who can banish all affliction both of soul and of body, show forth your power upon those in need, that by your mercy they may be restored to serve you afresh in holiness of living, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O God, the giver of health and salvation,
we give thanks to you for the gift of oil.
As your holy apostles anointed many who were sick and healed them,
so pour out your Holy Spirit on us and on this gift,
that those who in faith and repentance receive this anointing
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
we pray that Names (our brothers and sisters)
may be comforted in their suffering and made whole.
When they are afraid, give them courage;
when they feel weak, grant them your strength;
when they are afflicted, afford them patience;
when they are lost, offer them hope;
when they are alone, move us to their side;
(when death comes, open your arms to receive him/her).
In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
Invite the congregation to come to the front to receive the mark of the cross of Olive Oil, and statement of healing.