Service of Healing for Combat Veterans, Experiential with Liturgy

March 18th, 2015 Posted by Congregational No Comment yet

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SERVICE OF HEALING

TIME OF GATHERING

Thoughts for meditation;

Come into this place of peace, and let its silence speak to your soul;

Come into this place of memory, and let its vision strengthen your soul;

Come into this place of healing, and let its warmth restore your soul.

CALL TO WORSHIP

LEADER:  We gather in the name of God, who loves us and who is in our midst.

PEOPLE:  WE GATHER IN THE NAME OF THE ONE WHO PROCLAIMS JUSTICE AND MERCY!

LEADER:  We gather to remember God’s faithfulness, to name our sorrows and to share new visions.

PEOPLE:  WE GATHER TO SHARE IN THE SACRED STORY, HEAL OUR PAIN, AND REKINDLE OUR HOPE.

LEADER:  The spirit of life has called us to be together.  The spirit of compassion has called us to serve one another.  The spirit of peace has called us to be transformed by love.

ALL:  BLESS OUR GATHERING, OUR REMEMBERING, OUR HEARING AND OUR SPEAKING, MAY THIS BE A TIME FOR HEALING OF OUR SOULS!  THANKS BE TO GOD!

OPENING SONG

SCRIPTURE READING

SCRIPTURE READING (One or more of the following scriptures can be used: Isaiah 41:1-10 and 57:18-19; Jeremiah 17:14, 30:17 and 33:6; Psalm 41:3, 103:2-4, and 147:3; Proverbs 4:2-22 and 17:22; Matthew 10:1 and 11:28; Romans 5:3-4; 2 Corinthians 12:9; Philippians 4:19; and 3 John 1:2)

TIME OF SHARING – WHO WE ARE

(After all have shared, the leader will state the following:)

LEADER:  Thank you for your service to our country.  You have been to war and have returned home.  We recognize that being a warrior requires a deeply personal cost.

ALL:  YES, WE THANK GOD FOR GOD’S PROTECTION, GUIDANCE, AND SUSTAINING PRESENCE EVEN WHEN WE DID NOT RECOGNIZE IT.  NOW MAY GOD HELP US TO TRULY RETURN HOME.

LEADER:  The gospel shares with us about a man who had been living among the tombs haunted by so many disturbing spirits.  When Jesus saw him, Jesus had compassion on him and healed his soul wounds by releasing his demons.  As you come here today, leave behind what is past and accept for yourself the healing and comfort that God provides, and the encouragement from each other .

TIME OF SHARING – OUR PAIN

(Prior to sharing of the first story, the leader will read Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest.”  After the last person shares the leader will say:)

LEADER:  You have shared your sacred stories.  You have placed on the altar the hurt, loss, anger, despair, confusion, and weariness you have brought with you.  You have given all to God.

PEOPLE:  FOR THE MEMORIES THAT CONTINUE TO HAUNT US, HELP US TO LET GO.  AS WE SEEK HEALING FOR THE WOUNDS TO OUR SOULS, LET US RECONNECT TO YOU, OUR STRENGTH.  HELP US TO KNOW THAT WE NO LONGER NEED TO BE QUITE SO VIGILANT FOR YOU ARE THE WATCH TOWER OVER OUR LIVES.

LEADER:  Reflecting on the memories that have been painful and discomforting, let us now in the presence our sisters and brothers in arms and God, offer a silent prayer for all that we have experienced that weighs heavy on our souls and that we have just laid at the altar giving it to God.

Moment of silent prayer observed.

TIME OF SHARING – OUR HEALING

(After the last person shares the leader will say:)

LEADER:  When the early church was in the midst of doubt and confusion, the Apostle Paul writes a letter offering words of comfort saying; “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall trouble or hardship, or persecution or famine, or nakedness or danger or sword?” Paul’s answer is, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

ALL:  AS WE LET GO OF OUR DOUBT AND CONFUSION, WE THANK GOD FOR THE PROMISES OF HEALING THAT IN GOD WE MAY FIND A SOURCE OF HOPE, STRENGTH, AND PEACE.  WE HAVE THE ASSURANCE THAT NOTHING WILL EVER SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF GOD.

INVITATION TO THE TABLE

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

LORD’S PRAYER

SHARING OF THE BREAD AND WINE

CLOSING SONG

BLESSING

LEADER:  May the Peace of God be with you.

ALL:  AND ALSO WITH YOU.

LEADER:  Brothers and Sisters, I commend to your care, each other.  Uphold one anther in prayer, encourage one another in support, and comfort one another through love.

ALL: BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, WE HAVE BEEN RECONCILED, RENEWED, AND RESTORED.  WE GO FROM THIS PLACE READY TO SHARE GOD’S PEACE AS WE SERVE ONE ANOTHER.  AND WE GO PRAYING FOR GOD’S PEACE, THAT NATION WILL NOT LIFT SWORD AGAINST NATION, NEITHER SHALL WE LEARN WAR ANYMORE.  AMEN!

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