Service of Healing & Renewal

Tuesday, 9 April — 7.00 pm St Matthew’s, New Waltham

Almost all of us carry unresolved ‘stuff’. Old wounds. Things we struggle to forgive in ourselves, and in each other. Images of ourselves, our world, and God that got broken along the way, and do us more harm than good.

This service of healing offers space to notice what we need to cultivate and what we need to let go of, so that we can be well. The service will take about an hour, and will included time for gathering and time for praying and thinking on your own. There will be a space of anointing and prayers for healing for those who wish.

For many of us, this may be the first time we go to a service of healing, so here’s what you can expect:

  • There will be some music, some visual stimulus, some scripture, and lots of quiet space.
  • There will be no pressure, and no expectation that you will ‘come forward’ for healing, though one of the prayer spaces offers anointing and laying on of hands for those who wish.
  • No one will ask you what you need to be healed from or whether it worked! One of the happy bits of Latin etymology in the church is that healing and salvation come from the same root (salve)– healing is one of the every-day ways God reaches us, and is often a slow, quiet process.
  • God promises to turn up.
  • If you come, willing to be open to God, you may feel vulnerable. That’s OK. Letting hard emotions come to the surface is how we deal with them and let God in. There will be tissues. There are rooms you can ‘flee’ to if you need privacy.
  • There are no wrong emotions. Some might find healing through tears; others through laughter & joy; others through quiet pensiveness. We’ll make space for each other and accept whatever comes without interfering.
  • You don’t have to have something ‘big’ that needs healing to benefit from the space, the quiet & the prayer.

The painting of the fig tree and the material we will use during the service is by Lisle Gwynn Garrity, A Sanctified Art LLC. sanctifiedart.org

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