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Worship Sheet for Sunday 7 February – Healing and serving

Simon Peter gets word his mother in law is sick and asks Jesus to come to her aid. There is still a place for prayer and healing as there is for medical intervention – but really ALL of it is God’s provision. We can and should give thanks for the NHS and others’ care but be faithful in prayer.

Call: We come together to praise God, who heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. God created heaven and earth, calls us each by name and sustains the humble. Let us put our hope in God’s unfailing love. Let us worship God.

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Listen to the 1st Prayer

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Pray : Lord, deep down we believe you to be concerned for our bodies as well as our souls. We can’t ask Jesus to come to our homes yet prayer gives us unfettered access. Prayer for healing sometimes causes difficulties – why are some healed and others not? And yet, when push comes to shove people pray, we pray. Again, deep down we believe it is not a waste though sometimes the answers are not what we would wish – we pray knowing that there are some things we just don’t know. Keep us open to pray, to seek blessing for healing of body and mind as well as soul. Keep us trusting that your purposes intend the deepest blessing, far beyond our human understanding. Make us aware that there is no division between the spiritual and the material – you have both together, fully integrated in heart of your being. Teach us what it means to receive life in all its fulness through your Son the Lord Jesus who taught us to pray together saying: Our Father…

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Mark 1:29-39. Jesus heals Simon Peter’s mother in law and many others.
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Thought- If we have a minor illness, we will take a tablet or speak to the chemist. If it is a bit more serious, we will phone NHS 24 or the doctor. If it is very serious, we’ll likely phone 999 and pray. We have every reason to be grateful to the NHS (and other carers) not only this past year but especially so. For all that I have heard of folks being let down, there have been many more heartwarming stories about the care and compassion, even life changing and life saving interventions by the NHS. But why do we have a division between the spiritual and the material. Why pray only as a last resort? To my mind, there is no division – I will use medication and seek help from the doctor if I need it. Equally, I will pray about the nagging sore throat or headache without thinking I am on my last legs. Simon Peter asked Jesus for help for his mother in law who was sick and he did – and healed others who came seeking healing. All the provision for healthcare and healing whether provided by NHS or other professionals or off the shelf or indeed through the avenue of prayer is, to people of faith, GOD’S provision – and we can be grateful to him as well as personally to the individuals whose offer their care, skill, training and expertise. Thank God for the NHS? Yes, even though it could do with more resources, even when mistakes are made. We can see God’s hand in its healing and care every bit as much as “direct intervention”. So please, no division between material and spiritual – all can be God’s provision.


Praise: CH4 722 Spirit of God, come dwell within me.
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Pray: Lord thank you that in all sorts of diverse ways you still exercise a ministry of care and healing. For the provision that is made by the NHS and other caring agencies formal and informal we give you thanks. For hi tech medicine and equally important low tech personal care and for the value of faithful, if sometimes hesitantly expressed prayer we give you thanks. Help us to work to reduce the division that so many see in our society between science and religion, the material and the spiritual. Don’t let us dismiss people because they hold different views from us, Remind us that Jesus went out of his way to care for those his society deemed to be lost. Continue to work through all agencies of care – esp. those who find themselves under severe pressure. Sustain them and keep them. Bless too others under pressure – shop workers, delivery folk, school staff and parents, those whose work or businesses are struggling as well as many who are simply tired and weary. Help us to be of encouragement to one another – both giving and receiving, never forgetting your help comes in different guises. In our prayer walk we remember those in Barrack Road.
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Lord hear our prayers spoken and unspoken and answer them for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Blessing - May the Lord bless you. Amen.