Healing - Week 5 Menu
This is such a broad subject and we need to consider healing as being more than just a physical cure of an individual.
There is healing of individuals physically
There is healing of individuals mentally
There is healing of individuals spiritually
There is healing of the nations – peace and forgiveness between peoples, tribes, generations and genders
There is healing of relationships at an individual level
There is healing of this planet which has been polluted, pillaged and poached.
But, above all, there is healing in our relationship with God, and that is the most important place to start.
Read, and reflect upon, Revelation 21:1-7
1. Why do some receive healing, and others not? Can you think of Biblical examples where healing was instantaneous, required action on the part of the one being healed, required time, or was not forthcoming?
2. Given that you are a product of your culture, upbringing, and life experiences, how easy is it, do you think, to effect change within your own life? It has been said that we live in a culture of instant fixes, what does the Bible say about such an attitude?
3. What would be the consequence if God miraculously healed every illness or situation whenever we asked? Why do you think persistence in prayer might be important?
4. What affect does our modern culture (advertising, the media, role models, consumerism etc.) with its promotion of (its view) of perfection as the ideal, have upon the mental health of our population, and upon our planet? What changes can you, personally, make?
5. Jesus was seen as counter-cultural and radical in his views. How can we, as his church, demonstrate that Christianity brings fullness of life rather being seen as a religion of ‘Thou shalt nots’ preached by a people who are often viewed as hypocritical?
You can be a part of God’s desire to bring healing, yes, you! Do you feel yourself inadequate, lacking, or broken, and so count yourself out? Look at who God used in the Bible. The Holy Spirit equips and enables, guides and counsels all who listen. God wants to bring healing to this broken world and He wants to give you the opportunity to be a part of building His Kingdom. In return your life will be transformed: the more involved you get the fuller and more complete you will find your life. Being an active part of His community – the Church – through prayer and action brings more blessings with it than you can imagine.
Almighty God, you have so linked our lives with one another that all we do affects, for good or ill, all other lives; so guide us in the work we do, that we may do it not for self alone, but for the common good; and, as we seek a proper return for our own labour, make us mindful of the rightful aspirations of other workers, and arouse our concern for those who are out of work; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
If you have any questions or suggestions please speak to a member of the preaching team or leave a note in the box at the back of church.
Ignatian Spirituality – The Daily Examen
The Daily Examen is a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God’s presence and discern his direction for us. The Examen is an ancient practice in the Church that can help us see God’s hand at work in our whole experience. Ignatius adds our need for God's grace, an important point. We are not resolving to perfect ourselves by force of our own will. We are resolving to open ourselves to God’s grace through awareness of where we need it.
Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from the side of Christ, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O Good Jesus, hear me
Within Thy wounds hide me
Permit me not to be separated from thee
From the wicked foe defend me
At the hour of my death call me
And bid me come to thee
That with the Saints I may praise thee
Forever and ever. Amen
Reimaging the Examen (app)
There are five simple steps to the Examen, which this app leads you through:
Relish the moments that went well and all of the gifts you have today.
Request that the Spirit lead you through your review of the day.
Review your day.
Repent of any mistakes or failures.
Resolve, in concrete ways, to live tomorrow well.
The Examen brings our God’s presence into the mud and muck of our day. It helps:
unite you even closer to God;
reveal God’s perspective on your everyday life;
stir you to praise God for the countless gifts that have popped up in your day, and to find God’s presence in those gifts;
give you an opportunity to recognize and apologize for your faults, and to grieve your failures and hurts and receive healing from them;
bring insight into what is really going on beneath the surface of your thoughts, words, and actions—into the very source of your motivations;
you discern how to handle the trickier aspects of your life, to know what gifts you need from God to do the right thing tomorrow, and to ask God for those gifts explicitly.