Presentation on theme: " Place of safety – advanced warning – tell people what will be happening at the very start of the service & put them at ease! Place where people are."— Presentation transcript:
Place of safety – advanced warning – tell people what will be happening at the very start of the service & put them at ease! Place where people are open to the Holy Spirit Some people are afraid of what might happen at a service of healing and wholeness. Levels of expectation and false expectation Issues of touch – appropriate and inappropriate Picking up the pieces – have someone on hand
Who for? Congregation? Certain individuals? Parish? Gillingham air crash Nations?
Usually in a Eucharistic service context Advanced warning! ‘May the Lord meet you at your point of need’. = brainstorm – what might people’s needs be? Receive sacrament and wait Male and female team to pray Prayer ministry
It can be a normal service! Nothing extra needs to be done. No special hymns, no oil, no bespoke order of service It is just a normal Sunday service where perhaps the readings have given the occasion to do more than just talk about healing – cf John 4 The Samaritan woman (Sunday’s Gospel reading) How many have heard a sermon on healing.....and no opportunity to do anything about it? Prayer ministry at the end of a service.
What if we are only 6 on a Sunday morning? 5 th Sunday benefice service Deanery service – can be a good way of modelling something that can be transferred to the parishes.
Resources CW Wholeness & Healing Sample CW ‘Black Book’ page 50 Thanksgiving for the Healing Ministry of the Church Visual Liturgy Creative ideas for Evening Prayer A Wee Worship Book – Wild Goose (Iona) Pastoral Prayers
Recognise healing and wholeness can be centred on individuals – but can be much more: Intercession – praying for a hurting community Intercession – praying for a hurting world Interceding for those in our parish and beyond – symbolic actions – candles on maps Iona – touching the garment. Creating Prayer Space: ½ days of prayer 24/7 prayer Wailing Wall Circling