Service of Healing (Experiential) – Preparation and Process

March 18th, 2015 Posted by Congregational No Comment yet

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PREPARATION FOR HEALING SERVICE

AREA SET-UP:

  1. Arrange chairs in a circle
  2. Place large table in center of circle
  3. On the table include the following; at one end of the table have an open Bible and lit candle, and the other end have the elements for the Eucharist, in the center a talking piece, i.e. Cross, candle, feather, stone, etc.
  4. CD player with instrumental music playing.

LEADER PREPARATION FOR THE SERVICE:

  1. Inform participants that the service includes the circle process and may require up to 3 hours for 10 persons.
  2. Invite each participant:
    • Consider two stories to share; one that represents pain/trauma, and the second story that represent their healing journey.
    • Bring 2 objects; one that represents their story of pain/trauma and the other of their healing.
  3. Prepare participants to understand the importance of story;
    • Every person has a story and every story has a lesson to offer.
    • Story has meaning.
    • Story unites people with a common bond.

LEADER’S GUIDE TO CIRCLE PROCESS:

  1. Explain to the participants the practice of story-telling and the significance of the talking piece.
    • When a person holds the talking piece, it is their time to share. Everyone else is invited to listen.
    • The talking piece is passed from person to person in the circle. Anyone is allowed to pass without speaking at any time.
    • Each person has an equal chance to hear and share their sacred story.
  2. Demonstrate sharing in the circle and the passing of the talking piece.
  3. Each round will include the following;
    • The first round, the leader expresses the assigned topic; introduce self and what is the significance of the person’s first name in six words or less.
    • The second round, the leader will ask each person to share about the object that they brought to the service, the object represents their pain experience, may be trauma related. The leader will invite the first person to share his/her story.  After each shares their respective story, that person will place the object on the table in close proximity to the candle and open Bible.  (Placing the object which represents their war experience or trauma close to the candle or Bible suggests that even in the midst of walking thru the “valley of death” they had God’s promises as shared in scripture and the light of God leading their path.)
    • The third round, the leader will ask each person to share about the object that they brought that represents healing.  The leader will ask each to share her/his story.  After each shares their respective story, each person will place the object on the table in close proximity to the elements for the Eucharist.  (Placing the object which represents healing close to the elements suggests that as we partake in the body and blood of Christ, we participate in Christ’s resurrection and experience new life.)
  4. Conclude the service with the group holding hands as the blessing is offered.

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