ORDER OF WORSHIP FOR THE HEALING MINISTRY SUNDAY, 09 FEBRUARY 2014 Theme: Women
Leaders in Healing Ministry
1. CALL TO WORSHIP: "My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant . From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me — holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him from generation to generation. (NIV Luke 1:46-50) 2. WELCOME:
In the name of our Lord and Savior we welcome each one of you to the Healing Ministry Sunday worship service.
3. OPENING PRAYER : Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, Thank you for creating us as women and men in your own image. We are precious in your sight as you have made us fearfully and wonderfully to reflect your image in this world. We thank you especially for women who bring blessings to the family, society and the nation. As we celebrate their role and contribution to life and healing ministry bless each one us and enable us to truly fulfill your purpose of creating us. Thank you for the leadership in healing ministry that Women bring to enhance the quality of life. Help us to worship you in truth and spirit as men and women. Help us Lord in our day-to-day struggles to experience Your healing touch as women and men to share Your healing with others. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen. 4. OPENING HYMN
: To God be the glory great things He has done
5. Apostles Creed / Nicene Creed/ Thanksgiving/ Confession and Absolution (as in liturgy) 6. Scripture Readings: 1st Bible Reading: Judges nd
2 Bible Reading: Acts rd
3 Bible reading:
4:4-16 9:36-43 2:1-10
7. Introduction to the healing ministry The healing ministry of Jesus Christ is holistic in nature, like the healing of the ten lepers, the blind man and the Samaritan woman. It is spiritual, physical, emotional and social healing. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the source of every healing from the beginning till now. In India, the healing ministry formally began in 1905 by a group of missionaries called Medical Missionary Association of India (MMA) and in 1926 it was renamed as Christian Medical Association of India. Today CMAI has gone from strength to strength by contributing to the different health care needs of our country. CMAI members have done pioneering work in several areas like leprosy, tuberculosis, malaria and HIV/AIDS. The goal of CMAI is to serve the churches in India by assisting in its ministry of healing to build a just and healthy society in response to the love and command of Christ. 8. The Sermon
Theme “ Women
- Leaders in Healing ministry”
Why focus on Woman? The focus is to remind and comprehend and shed our ignorance to know the importance of Woman in the healing ministry. The contribution Woman has brought to the healing ministry is enormous and overwhelming. At times in a patriarchial context we tend to overlook and ignore woman’s importance. We have stalwarts like mother Theresa, Madam Ida Scudder, Madam Edith Brown , Madam Clara Swain who all have gone before us and made prominent contributions to the healing ministry. The theme is to help recognize, empower and build women and acknowledge their contribution to healing ministry and the society today. (Let us recognize every woman who is involved in the healing ministry today asking them to stand at the end of the message.) Introduction A woman can understand another woman and empathize quickly. It is usually a woman who perceives problems before hand and gets prepared to face the situation. Woman’s contribution is looked as a source of strength and healing in a difficult situation. They possess and have deep understanding of the problem and are often prophetic. We have a mention of many women who have contributed to life at crucial times in the Bible both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament. The question is: Has God used woman as leaders in the past and will he use them today. The answer is a big YES as God included them in his plan and goals for healing the creation. Christ in his ministry honors them by placing women and men at par demanding the same standard and requisites on both genders and offering the same way of salvation I. Deborah the Judge the leader and guide A leader in her own time had an office of judge under a palm tree and made a difference and contributed to enhance the quality of life for the people by being a prophet and also gives tactical guidance to win a war against Israel enemies.
ii. Nameless young girl’s leadership to heal her master The great Syrian army commander's wife’s servant, a young girl gives valuable suggestion and advice to help her master to get healing from Israel and the prophet Elisha (2 Kings 5:2-3) iii. Mary, the mother of Jesus, the leader in times of crisis At Cana she prompts Jesus saying they have no more wine and requests Jesus to salvage the situation. A solution to avoid crisis before it lands on your lap. The foresight and concern is something to be appreciated originating from a woman well in advance knowing who would solve the problem and giving a solution to the issue which could have embarrassed the hosts. Prayer Loving Father, You are pleased with the major contribution woman bring to the healing ministry. Pray Oh God that they will continue to enrich life and its purpose to make health and healing a reality for the people of our country. We pray that the leadership roles they play will continue in a big way as you have called them to work hand in hand as women and men. In Jesus name we pray, Amen. 9. Intercession Our loving heavenly Father who considers women and men as the equal partners in carrying forward the healing ministry in to the future. We thank you for the skills, talents and the difference they bring together in making healing a reality for your people in this land. We pray for healing and wholeness for Your children, for the country, for the churches and the organizations that work for. Lord in Your mercy, hear our prayer. Gracious Lord and heavenly Father, through your son Lord Jesus Christ, You have proclaimed good news to the poor and promised relief to those who labor and are heavy laden. We pray for those who are deprived of the fullness of life. The poor, the sick, the disabled, people suffering from HIV/AIDS, leprosy, tuberculosis, thalassemia, cancer, kidney diseases, brain tumor and those who have lost their vision of truth. May these people experience your unfailing, unconditional and redeeming love and healing touch in their lives. Lord in Your mercy, hear our prayer. Merciful Lord, we pray women and their position in the society today we remember your prayer even on the cross showing your concern for your mother. “When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.” (John 19:26-27NIV) Today we pray for women who go through difficult situations of desolation, pain, sorrow, and loneliness. May You be their source of strength comfort and be a friend to them. Lord in Your mercy, hear our prayer. Almighty God, we pray for all our members specially women who are working among the sick, the suffering and the dying, helping towards healing in the hospitals. For the doctors, nurses, chaplains, and allied health professional staff who give care at homes, at hospices, and in pastoral care and counselling settings. We pray for those who minister to them. May their life be an example and glorify Your name. Lord in Your mercy, hear our prayer. Lord we pray for Christian Medical Association of India, which promotes the healing ministry in our country for its entire staff specially women staff who engage in making health, healing and wholeness a reality to people of our country. Lord in Your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen (The Leader may add other prayer requests and conclude with a Pastoral prayer). Song (Offertory) (If the Eucharist is celebrated, kindly continue the liturgy of the communion service and conclude with closing prayer and Benediction).
Offering collected during the Healing Ministry Sunday can be sent to CMAI Office, Plot No.2, A-3 Local Shopping Centre, Janak Puri, New Delhi by Demand Draft OR The Churches can send the collected offering to their respective church bodies and use the pooled money for buying health equipment for a local hospital or do a health programme on behalf of the Church.
Translations of this Order of Worship are available on www.cmai.org after 25 January 2014. Please download the translation of your preference, and use it in your church service