A Service for Healing

This morning, our very dear friends Matt & Lauren Larsen came to the house for coffee and prayer.  It was a very special time, and really lightened the mood of the house.  We watched the kids play around, drank a whole pot of coffee, told stories, and laughed.  Matt was recently ordained Deacon and will soon be ordained Priest, and he brought with him blessed oil and reserve Eucharist from his parish, Church of the Incarnation, in Dallas.  We held the service for Ministration to the Sick in our living room and it was a moving time of prayer and worship.  I won’t try to describe it, but it was one of the most meaningful services I have ever participated in.  I reproduce it here for your own benefit, and so that you can pray along with us.  Matt’s parts are in bold, and the italics are what we said together.

Peace be to this house, and to all who dwell in it.


Psalm 91

1   He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High *

abides under the shadow of the Almighty.

2   He shall say to the Lord,

“You are my refuge and my stronghold, *

my God in whom I put my trust.”

3   He shall deliver you from the snare of the hunter *

and from the deadly pestilence.

4   He shall cover you with his pinions,

and you shall find refuge under his wings; *

his faithfulness shall be a shield and buckler.

5   You shall not be afraid of any terror by night, *

nor of the arrow that flies by day;

6   Of the plague that stalks in the darkness, *

nor of the sickness that lays waste at mid‑day.

7   A thousand shall fall at your side

and ten thousand at your right hand, *

but it shall not come near you.

8   Your eyes have only to behold *

to see the reward of the wicked.

9   Because you have made the Lord your refuge, *

and the Most High your habitation,

10    There shall no evil happen to you, *

neither shall any plague come near your dwelling.

11    For he shall give his angels charge over you, *

to keep you in all your ways.

12    They shall bear you in their hands, *

lest you dash your foot against a stone.

13    You shall tread upon the lion and adder; *

you shall trample the young lion and the serpent

under your feet.

14    Because he is bound to me in love,

therefore will I deliver him; *

I will protect him, because he knows my Name.

15     He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; *

I am with him in trouble;

I will rescue him and bring him to honor.

16    With long life will I satisfy him, *

and show him my salvation.


A Reading from James 5:14-16:

Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven.Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.

The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God


A Reading from the Gospel According to Mark (6:7, 12-13)

Glory to You Lord Christ

He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

The Gospel of the Lord

Praise to You Lord Christ


Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.  We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.  We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.  For the sake of you Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us;that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name.  Amen.

Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life. Amen.

Savior of the world, by your cross and precious blood you have redeemed us;

Save us and help us, we humbly beseech you, O Lord.

[Matt then laid hands on Jenny]

Jenny, I lay my hands upon you in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, beseeching our Lord Jesus Christ to sustain you with his presence, to drive away all sickness of body and spirit, and to give you that victory of life and peace which will enable you to serve him both now and evermore.  Amen.

[Matt dipped his thumb in the holy oil, and made the sign of the cross on Jenny’s forehead, saying]

Jenny, I anoint you with oil in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

As you are outwardly anointed with this holy oil, so may our heavenly Father grant you the inward anointing of the Holy Spirit.  Of his great mercy, may he forgive you your sins, release you from suffering, and restore you to wholeness and strength.  May he deliver you from all evil, preserve you in all goodness, and bring you to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 The Almighty Lord, who is a strong tower to all who put their trust in him, to whom all things in heaven, on earth, and under the earth bow and obey: Be now and evermore your defense, and make you know and feel that the only Name under heaven given for health and salvation is the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen.

[Matt brought out the communion elements]

Jesus said, “I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh. For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.”   John 6:51, 55-56

Let us pray in the words Christ taught us

Our Father, who art in heaven,
    hallowed be thy Name, 
    thy kingdom come, 
    thy will be done, 
        on earth as it is in heaven. 
Give us this day our daily bread. 
And forgive us our tresspasses, 
    as we forgive those 
        who trespass against us. 
And lead us not into temptation, 
    but deliver us from evil. 
For thine is the kingdom, 
    and the power, and the glory, 
    for ever and ever. Amen.

The Gifts of God for the People of God… The Body of our Lord Jesus Christ keep you in everlasting life.

[We took communion together]

Gracious Father, we give you praise and thanks for this Holy Communion of the Body and Blood of your beloved Son 
Jesus Christ, the pledge of our redemption; and we pray that it may bring us forgiveness of our sins, strength in our weakness, and everlasting salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

O Father of mercies and God of all comfort, our only help in time of need: We humbly beseech thee to behold, visit, andrelieve thy sick servant Jenny for whom our prayers are desired.  Look upon her with the eyes of thy mercy; comfort her with a sense of thy goodness; preserve her from the temptations of the enemy; and give her patience under her affliction.  In thy good time, restore her to health, and enable her to lead the rest of her life in thy fear, and to thy glory; and grant that finally she may dwell with thee in life everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

O God of heavenly powers, by the might of your command you drive away from our bodies all sickness and all infirmity: Be present in your goodness with your servant Jenny, that her weakness may be banished and her strength restored; and that, her health being renewed, she may bless your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


~ by jdballard on February 10, 2012.

One Response to “A Service for Healing”

  1. We are praying this with you, Jenny and Jason. Love you.

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