A service of worship for healing and wholeness
Welcome to this service, during which we will hear God's word to us, share together at the Lord's Table, and have the opportunity to receive the laying on of hands for healing and wholeness if you so desire. We hope and pray that this service will be of help, and that for all of us the peace of God might be very real. Set out below are some questions which might concern you, we trust that the answers will clarify and re-assure, but if they do not please ask for further help.
How do I receive healing?
As we celebrate the Lord's supper together come forward in the usual way to receive the bread and the wine. There will be a word of blessing for each group, but if you wish to receive the laying on of hands STAY kneeling at the communion rail. Those leading will pray a simple prayer for you, during which they will lay hands upon your head, when they have finished return to your seat.
Not those who will lay hands on you. They represent the Church and they minister in the name of Jesus Christ. It is God who heals, through the work of the Holy Spirit, and in the power and name of Jesus.
What can be healed?
God's will for us is wholeness, yet because we live in a broken and sinful world we are all sick people in one way or another. Some of us are physically ill; some suffer from depression; some are burdened by guilt; some are stressed and need peace; some come full of bitterness and resentment and need to let go of it; some need the healing of a broken relationship; some seek to know God in a real way; some have a fear about which they need reassurance; some come scarred by their past. For whatever reason you feel the need of God's help, be quite sure that His will for you is wholeness - what loving father ever wanted his children to be less than whole? God is our loving, heavenly Father.
Have I enough faith?
What counts here is not the amount of our faith but the direction of it. Jesus said that even faith like a tiny seed is enough, so come with as open an attitude as you possibly can to what God might do in your life.
Are all healed?
If you mean "cured", then the answer is no, they are not. Some folk come with tremendous faith and yet are not cured, others come doubting and are - there is a deep mystery here which is beyond us. What you can be absolutely sure of however is that you will be made more whole. More whole in your relationship with God, more whole in your attitude to others, and more whole in your acceptance of yourself as a person of worth. Let us be quite clear though, that many are also made whole physically, and when that happens we praise God together.
How will I feel?
Some know instantly that they have been healed; others feel a great sense of warmth; others a sense of well being; others (perhaps the majority) nothing at all. We need to remember that we have come in faith to meet God, He is always faithful, He has met with us and heard us however we feel. Remember also that this is a regular monthly service. Keep thanking God for his goodness tomorrow and for the rest of the week, come again to the next service on the first Sunday evening of the month, or the third Thursday lunchtime. We look for an on-going wholeness which is an ever deepening experience.
But I'm still muddled!
Then it would be good for us to talk further. Do feel free to contact one of the staff at the Church Office on 020 7654 3809
Sunday 30 November 2014 | 11.00
Revd Martin Turner
'Advent - A time for giving'
Matthew 6:2-4; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7
Sunday 30 November 2014 | 15.30
Saying Goodbye Service
'Saying Goodbye' services are organised by The Mariposa Trust for anyone who has lost a baby at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy, and whether recently or 80 years ago. These services are held throughout the UK and one is coming to London very soon.
Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, is privileged to host the regional 'Saying Goodbye’ service for London on Sunday 30th November 2014 at 3.30pm and The Revd's Martin Turner and Tony Miles will be leading the service.
All are welcome regardless of faith, or no faith, for an opportunity to remember and acknowledge lives unlived or cut short.
More information can be found at www.sayinggoodbye.org
Sunday 30 November 2014 | 18.30
Reflective Holy Communion
Revd Tony Miles
'Watching, Waiting and Wondering'
Isaiah 64:1-9; Mark 13:24-37