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Worship Service – Prayer & Anointing
September 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
10:00 a.m. Service Only
“For I am the Lord who heals you.” (Exodus 15:26)
We will now be offering this biblical practice three times throughout the year. We will alternate services and at one service Communion will be replaced by the The Service of Prayer and Anointing. For more history of this practice and information about how it is carried out among us, see below.
The Service of Prayer and Anointing is a longstanding practice in the Church. Through the centuries, this special prayer time in worship has come in and out of practice. However, an increasing amount of churches today carry out a special service of healing and anointing, and it is again growing in popularity in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Sometimes it is practiced in private settings. In other congregations it involves a special liturgy in the worship service following the prayers of the church and replacing Holy Communion. Prayer and anointing has always been an option for people at Our Savior, and has occasionally been carried out privately upon request, following the encouragement of James 5:14-16:
“Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well…”
Your pastors, worship department, and Board of Directors have reinstated this Biblical practice in the worship life of our congregation, enabling it to be more visible and available to God’s people. Therefore, 3 times a year, once per quarter, one service on a weekend will replace Communion with The Service of Prayer and Anointing. We will clearly publish the opportunity each time, and the services will rotate.
Here is what it will look like: After the prayers of the church, there will be a brief liturgy for the Rite of Anointing, after which the pastor will invite anyone to come forward to the altar who would like personal prayer. According to the apostolic custom and biblical practice (Mark 6:13; James 5:14) a person may at that time be anointed with oil as a reminder of the grace of God given by the Holy Spirit in holy Baptism.
There will be three stations at the Communion rail, each station with one of our pastors or DCE. Those who wish to participate will process to the Communion rail as individuals, couples, or families. You will be encouraged to be open and honest to share your particular need for God’s healing (physical, emotional, and/or spiritual). You may also express your desire for general prayer if you wish for the issue to remain private. The pastor will then dip his thumb in olive oil and apply it in the sign of the cross on your forehead (much like the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday.) Following a brief moment of personal prayer, participants will return to their seat opening up space for the next person(s) in line. During this time, the rest of the congregation will support those receiving prayer by silent prayer in the pews and/or by singing hymns. The worship service will then conclude with the Lord’s Prayer, Benediction, and final hymn.
It is our sincere goal that this biblical practice of prayer and anointing will strengthen the prayer life of our congregation and bless people’s lives in a powerful way.