Healing Service - May 20, 2020 - St. Martin's In the Desert

Healing Service – May 20, 2020

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.

Let us pray.

Gracious God, we commend to your loving care all who suffer, especially those who come seeking your healing grace. Give them patience and hope in their distress; strengthen and uphold them in mind and body; and grant, by your intervention, that all your people may be made whole according to your desire, through Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen

From the Old Testament

A reading from Ezekiel 36:26-28

A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my spirit within you, and make you follow my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances. Then you shall live in the land that I gave to your ancestors; and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.

Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s People.

Thanks be to God. 

Psalm 103:1-5

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy Name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.
He forgives all your sins and heals all your infirmities;
He redeems your life from the grave and crowns you with mercy and loving kindness;
He satisfies you with good things, and your youth is renewed like and eagle’s

From the New Testament

A reading from 2 Corinthians 1:3-5

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are abundant for us, so also our consolation is abundant through Christ.

From the Gospels

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John 6:47-51

Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.’ 

The Gospel of the Lord


Tomorrow, we look toward the heavens on this occasion in which the risen Christ is taken into heaven after appearing to his followers for forty days. 

The Ascension marks the conclusion of Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances. It is the final elevation of his human nature to divine glory and the near presence of God. 

Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, eh abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, on God, in glory everlasting.


Pray for the World and the Church, particularly for God’s healing grace.

A litany of Healing

Let us name before God those for whom we offer our prayers

Ron Dechamplain 
Valerie Barnes
Xvette and Todd 
Bill Decker
Jessie Schaeffer
Toni Engel
Fred Slaughter
Bob Funk
Bob Green
Yvette Jadd
Robert Crownell
Samantha Harman
Melissa Serio
Edmund Scdder
Pat Z.
Fr. Thompson
Arley McAdams
Dick Gray
Stacey Spiegel
John Serio Sr.
Helen Dykeman
Aimee Mutzhaus
Andrea Fregly
Steve Martinez
McElroy family
Fred Slaughter’s Sister

God the Son, you came that we might have life, and might have it more abundantly;

We praise you and thank you, O Lord.

God the Holy Spirt, you make our bodies the temple of your presence;

We praise you and thank you, O Lord.

Holy Trinity, one God, in you we live and move and have our being;

We praise you and thank you, O Lord.

Lord, grant your healing grace to all who are sick, injured, or disabled, that they may be made whole;

Hear us, O Lord of life.

Grant to all who seek your guidance, and to all who are lonely, anxious, or despondent, a knowledge of your will and an awareness of your presence;

Hear us, O Lord of life.

Mend broken relationships, and restore those in emotional distress to soundness of mind and serenity of spirit;

Hear us, O Lord of life.   

Bless physicians, nurses, and all others who minister to the suffering, granting them wisdom and skill, sympathy and patience;

Hear us, O Lord of life. 

Grant to the dying peace and a holy death, uphold by the grace and consolation of your Holy Spirit those who are bereaved;

Hear us, O Lord of life.

Restore to wholeness whatever is broken by human sin, in our lives, in our nation, and in the world;

Hear us, O Lord of life.

You are the Lord, who does wonders;

You have declared your power among the peoples

With you, O Lord, is the well of life;

And in your light, we see light.

Hear us, O Lord of life;

Heal us, and make us whole.

Let us pray.

Almighty God, giver of life and health: Send your blessing on all who are sick, and upon those who minister to them, that all weakness may be vanquished by the triumph of the risen Christ; who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen

Confession of Sin

God of all mercy, we confess that we have sinned against you, opposing your will in or lives.

We have denied your goodness in each other, in ourselves, and in the world, you have created.

We repent of the evil that enslaves us, the evil we have done, and the evil done on our behalf.

Forgive, restore, and strengthen us through our Savior Jesus Christ, that we may abide in your love and serve only your will. Amen

Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through the grace of Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all good ness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen

An Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. 

I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. 

Never permit me to be separated from you. 


Rev. Lola Culbreath