Yesterday, about 30 participants gathered in Bailey Hall to share a powerful midweek worship service & lenten meal. The worship team has been working hard to create unique and meaningful worship during this Lenten season, and it shows! Each week, the altarpiece is supplemented with additional features to represent the weekly theme. This week’s focus is on healing. Lights were added to the altar, symbolizing the light of healing, and doves symbolized healing’s freedom and peace.
We discussed healing, and said prayers together concerning human frailties, and the power of God to make us whole. We lit votive candles as a prayer of healing for ourselves, or another person of our choosing. People quietly lined up & prayerfully lit the candles from one another, until we had a bright smaller altar with all of our healing prayers shining brightly. We also were given an opportunity to have a personal & private prayer with Dr. Jay, which was a very meaningful & moving opportunity during this intimate worship service.
We were joined by a lively & talented praise band, which supplemented worship with a series of songs. The music was performed so that we could sing along, and also played as an accompaniment during our devotional. The spirit of togetherness & love filled the room as we all sang.
Our devotional was presented by Judy Ebeling. We each chose a word that represented healing, and wrote our words on a large banner that we hung in Bailey Hall for the congregation to review & reflect upon. We then wrote our words on warm rocks (heated in the oven) with crayons. We added more designs to our rocks & enjoyed the music and the company while we created our art pieces and reflected on the power of healing in our lives. Our instruction was to take these decorated rocks, and leave them somewhere in our community for someone to find. “Know”, said Judy, “that the person has found that word for a reason.”
How have you been witness to the incredible power of healing in your own life? Can you think of a situation that initially seemed horrible, and irredeemable, but in which healing was the ultimate result? Who’s healing would you like to pray for now? Your own or someone else’s? Please share your reflections in the comments below.