New Patterns for Worship

A Celebration of St Luke

 

Preparation

 

We stand before the throne of God
with countless crowds
from every nation and race, tribe and language.
Blessing and glory and wisdom,
thanksgiving and honour, power and might
be to our God for ever and ever.
Amen.

cf Revelation 7.9, 12

 

Song or Hymn

 

Greeting

The leader greets the people with a suitable greeting.
Informal greetings may also be included.

A brief explanation of the life of the saint may be offered.

 

Opening Prayer

Let us pray.
AllCome, Holy Spirit,
fill the hearts of your faithful people,
and kindle in us the fire of your love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

 

Prayers of Penitence

 

God the Father forgives us in Christ and heals us by the Holy Spirit.
Let us therefore put away all anger and bitterness,
all slander and malice,
and confess our sins to God our redeemer.

cf Ephesians 4.30,32

 

Silence for reflection

 

We have wandered from your paths, yet your truth leads us home.
Lord, have mercy.
AllLord, have mercy.

We have failed to live as your children, yet your love restores us.
Christ, have mercy.
AllChrist, have mercy.

We are disfigured by our sin, yet your power heals us.
Lord, have mercy.
AllLord, have mercy.

 

May the God of all healing and forgiveness
draw us to himself,
and cleanse us from all our sins
that we may behold the glory of his Son,
the Word made flesh,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
AllAmen.

 

Song of Praise

 

The Collect

Almighty God,
you called Luke the physician,
whose praise is in the gospel,
to be an evangelist and physician of the soul:
by the grace of the Spirit
and through the wholesome medicine of the gospel,
give your Church the same love and power to heal;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

 

The Word

 

At the end the reader may say

This is the word of the Lord.
AllThanks be to God.

 

Hymn, Song, Psalm or Canticle

Psalm 34

O magnify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together.
O magnify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together.

I sought the Lord and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
O magnify the Lord with me.

In my weakness I cried to the Lord;
he heard me and saved me from my troubles.
Let us exalt his name together.

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit.
O magnify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together.

 

Sermon

 

Response to God's Word

 

Song(s) or Hymn

 

Thanksgiving for the Healing Ministry of the Church

 

Bless the Lord, O my soul;
Alland forget not all his benefits.

God forgives all our iniquities;
Alland heals all our diseases.

God redeems our life from the pit;
Alland crowns us with love and mercy.

 

This prayer of thanksgiving may be said

 

Blessed are you, sovereign God, gentle and merciful,
creator of heaven and earth.
Your word brought light out of darkness.
In Jesus Christ you proclaim good news to the poor,
liberty to captives, sight to the blind,
and freedom for the oppressed.
Daily your Spirit renews the face of the earth,
bringing life and health, wholeness and peace.
In the renewal of our lives
you make known your heavenly glory.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
AllBlessed be God for ever.

 

Affirmation of Faith

 

The Apostles' Creed or an authorized Affirmation of Faith is said.

 

Let us declare our faith in God.

All We believe in God the Father,
from whom every family
in heaven and on earth is named.

We believe in God the Son,
who lives in our hearts through faith,
and fills us with his love.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit,
who strengthens us
with power from on high.

We believe in one God;
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Amen.

cf Ephesians 3

 

Prayers of Intercession

Holy God, in whom we live and move and have our being,
we make our prayer to you, saying,
Lord, hear us.
AllLord, graciously hear us.

Grant to [N and] all who seek you
the assurance of your presence, your power and your peace.
Lord, hear us.
AllLord, graciously hear us.

Grant your healing grace to [N and] all who are sick
that they may be made whole in body, mind and spirit.
Lord, hear us.
AllLord, graciously hear us.

Grant to all who minister to the suffering
wisdom and skill, sympathy and patience.
Lord, hear us.
AllLord, graciously hear us.

Sustain and support the anxious and fearful
and lift up all who are brought low.
Lord, hear us.
AllLord, graciously hear us.

Hear us, Lord of life.
AllHeal us, and make us whole.

 

Almighty God,
whose Son revealed in signs and miracles
the wonder of your saving presence:
renew [N, N, ... and] all your people
with your heavenly grace,
and in all our weakness
sustain us by your mighty power,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
AllAmen.

 

The Lord's Prayer

 

AllOur 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.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

 

Prayer for Healing

 

The Ministry of Healing may take place here using these or other suitable prayers

 

Be with us, Spirit of God;
Allnothing can separate us from your love.

Breathe on us, breath of God;
Allfill us with your saving power.

Speak in us, wisdom of God;
Allbring strength, healing and peace.

The Lord is here.
AllHis Spirit is with us.

 

The almighty Lord,
who is a strong tower for all who put their trust in him,
whom all things in heaven, on earth, and under the earth obey,
be now and evermore your defence.
May you believe and trust that the only name under heaven
given for health and salvation
is the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
AllAmen.

 

The Peace

Peace to you from God our Father who hears our cry.
Peace from his Son Jesus Christ whose death brings healing.
Peace from the Holy Spirit who gives us life and strength.
The peace of the Lord be always with you
Alland also with you.

 

Song(s) or Hymn

 

Conclusion

God give you grace to follow his saints
in faith and hope and love;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
AllAmen.

Copyright acknowledgment (where not indicated below):

Opening prayer (Holy Spirit) © 1999 Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes

Collect (Luke) © The Crown/Cambridge University Press: The Book of Common Prayer (1662)