Service of Healing, Experiential with Non-traditional Liturgy

March 18th, 2015 Posted by Congregational No Comment yet

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SERVICE OF HEALING

TIME OF GATHERING

Thoughts for consideration;

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.

WELCOME 

LEADER:  Welcome to this time and place of healing.

PEOPLE:  We come not knowing what to expect, but yearning that as we share our stories, we can experience healing from our pain and rekindle our hope.

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

READING OF A SACRED STORY

TIME OF SHARING – WHO WE ARE

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

LEADER:  I want to 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:  WE ARE THANKFUL FOR OUR SAFE RETURN, HOWEVER, THE WAR LINGERS IN OUR HEARTS, MINDS, AND SOULS.  MAY GOD HELP US ON OUR JOURNEY ALL THE WAY HOME.

LEADER:  By opening our hearts, minds and souls before the One who loves us no matter who we are or what we have done, we can begin on that journey home.  As we come here today, we have the opportunity to leave behind what is past and accept for ourselves the healing and comfort that God can provide as well as the encouragement from one another.

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 table the hurt, loss, anger, despair, confusion, and weariness you have brought with you.  You have given your all to our country.  And you have given your weary souls 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 OR LIVE IN FEAR BECAUSE YOU JOURNEY WITH US.

LEADER:  Reflecting on the memories that have been painful and discomforting, let us now in the presence of this community of warriors and God, consider silently all that we have experienced that weighs heavy in our souls and that we have just given it to God.

Moment of silence observed.

TIME OF SHARING – OUR HEALING

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

LEADER:  In the Hebrew writings a great warrior, David, expressed the cries from his inner soul wondering where God was in the midst of his hurt, anger, despair, loss, and weariness.  And yet David receives assurance that he was never separated from God.  Both the Hebrew and Christian scriptures attest to the assurance that nothing can ever separate us from the Love of God.

ALL:  AS WE LET GO, 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

BLESSING

LEADER:  May we truly know God’s peace.

ALL:  WE GO NOW, BEGINNING A JOURNEY TOWARD HEALING AND WHOLENESS.

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: THROUGH THE LOVE OF GOD, WE HAVE BEEN 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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