Prayers for healing and wholeness

Today’s service of prayers for healing and wholeness are being led at St John’s, Llandudno, at 1.45pm, by Frances Williams. Her reflection is included below for those of us taking part from home.

‘My grace is sufficient for you,
For my power is made perfect in weakness’ (2 Cor 12:9)

In the ministry of Christ healing was a sign of the presence of God’s kingdom, bringing renewal and wholeness of life to those who turned to God in their need.  Jesus commissioned his disciples to proclaim the kingdom and heal the sick (Luke 9:2).  The Church believes that the healing power of Christ is exercised through medical and related professions, through faith and prayer, and the care of the Christian community. 

God desires wholeness for all people. We bring to God our frailty and brokenness  –  felt not only in physical illness, but in guilt, anxiety, and all the burdens which weigh us down.  We also bring our concerns for others and for the world. We come to God who knows our needs before we ask, and whose love revealed in Jesus Christ is stronger than suffering and death.

To start, take some time to bring yourself into an awareness of the presence of God. If it helps, imagine yourself sitting in your church alone, resting in the prayerful atmosphere.

Jesus said:  ‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.’ Matt 11:28-30

Jesus said:  ‘I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.’ John 10:10

Loving God,
in whom all things are made whole,
you sent your Son our Saviour to heal a broken world.
Visit us with your salvation,
that we may be blessed in body, mind and spirit;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Our Lord Jesus Christ said:
‘Anyone who comes to me I will never turn away.’ (John 6:37)

In the presence of God, let us confess our sins.

Lord Jesus, you came to reconcile us to God and to one another.
Lord Jesus, you heal the wounds of sin and division.
Lord Jesus, you offer us a new beginning.
Lord, have mercy.  Christ, have mercy.

God is love.  Through Jesus our sins are forgiven.
Let us live in the power of the Spirit.  Amen.

Holy God, you give life to all;
you meet us in our need
and bring hope to those who look to you.
Give peace to our hearts and minds as we pray to you with confidence;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Reflection:

Matthew 12:46 – 50
While Jesus was talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, ‘Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.’ He replied to him, ‘ Who is my mother and who are my brothers?’ Pointing to his disciples, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers. For whosoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.’


This year October 4th was Grandparents Day. I did not see any publicity about it and heard nothing from my family.  When I mentioned it to my son, his comment was that it was an American idea that has not caught on in Britain and, that as far as he was concerned, every day was Grandparent’s day. I don’t expect a card next year either!

I have fond memories of my Grandmother. My brother and I spent many Sunday evenings at her house, probably so that our parents could attend the evening service.  As my Grandma owned a shop, she did her cleaning on Sundays and we helped her whilst listening to ‘Sing something simple’ on the radio. We then moved to the lounge where she would often help me make clothes for my dolls – she had been a seamstress – then we would watch ‘Sunday night at the London Palladium’.

I have a list of quotations about grandparents, here are two of them:

‘Sometimes our grandmas and grandpas are like grand-angels.’

‘A child needs a grandparent, anybody’s grandparent, to grow a little more securely into an unfamiliar world.’

Someone once said that God does not have any grandchildren. The reason is that we are all children of God. And Jesus, as well as being Saviour, Redeemer and Friend, is also our Brother. We heard it in the reading from Matthew’s gospel. Jesus said ‘ Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.’

We are all invited to be part of God’s family, whatever our family circumstances. The words of one of our more modern hymns, ‘Father God I wonder how I managed to exist without the knowledge of your parenthood and your loving care. But now I am your child, I am adopted in your family and I can never be alone ‘cos Father God you’re there beside me.I will sing your praises for evermore’.

Whatever memories you have of parents and grandparents, and we know that people can let us down, remember that, as a child of God, you are loved unconditionally.  Jesus is your brother, ready to love you, to support you and to care for you each and every day of the year.May you know God’s love and care today and in the days to come.  Amen


A prayer from North America ( printed in ‘Oceans of Prayer’)
Grandfather, look at our brokenness. We know that in all creation only the human family has strayed from the sacred way.  We know that we are the ones who are divided and we are the ones who must come back together to walk in the sacred way. Grandfather, Sacred One, teach us love,compassion and honour that we may heal the earth and heal each other.  Amen

Christ our Saviour, born for us,
bring healing and peace to all people….

Lord have mercy.          Christ, have mercy.

Christ, baptized in the Jordan,
give hope to all who come to you….

Lord have mercy.          Christ, have mercy.

Christ, tested in the desert,
give courage to those who are tempted….

Lord have mercy.          Christ, have mercy.

Christ, who comforted and healed,
bring wholeness to all who are broken….

Lord have mercy.          Christ, have mercy.

Christ, who hung in agony on the cross,
bring strength to those who suffer….

Lord have mercy.          Christ, have mercy.

Christ, who died to save us,
give peace to all who face death….

Lord have mercy.          Christ, have mercy.

Christ, raised from the tomb,
bring light and life to all the world….

Lord have mercy.          Christ, have mercy.

Christ, present among your disciples,
unite all your people in love….

Lord have mercy.          Christ, have mercy.

We thank you, gracious God.
You have loved us from the beginning of time
and remembered us when we were in trouble.
Your mercy endures for ever.

We thank you, redeeming God.
You have come to us in Jesus Christ
to save us from our sins.
Your mercy endures for ever.

We thank you, holy God.
You have sent us your Spirit
to comfort us and lead us into all truth.
Your mercy endures for ever.

Gracious, redeeming and Holy God,
glory and praise be yours, now and for ever.  Amen

Together, let us bring to the Lord those for whom we have been asked to pray….

Aiden
Peg
Dafydd
Margaret B
David & Carolyn
David Barratt
Eva
Joan Long

We say the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples:

Our Father in Heaven
Hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil,
For the kingdom, the
power and the glory are yours,
now and for ever.  Amen

Almighty God,
you have made us for yourself
and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you.
Teach us to offer ourselves to your service,
that here we may have your peace,
and in the world to come we may see you face to face;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen

The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord look on you with kindness
and give you peace.  Amen.

Go in peace to rejoice in God’s love
and to reflect his glory.
May the Lord go with us and grant us the joy of Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Some material included in this service is copyright © 1989 National Council of Churches USA

Some material included in this service is copyright ©1999 Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes

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