PRC Connect E-news -September 30, 2016 - Services for Healing & Wholeness
September 30, 2016
PRC - Practical Resources for Churches
Services for Healing and Wholeness
What comes to your mind when you think of Healing Services in the Church?  Perhaps the only time you have seen a service of healing is by the televangelists who often exploit people for their own profit.  Healing Services are considered to be part of the Christian tradition and have been included in the books of worship of almost all the mainline Protestant denominations from Methodist to Lutheran, from United Church of Christ to Episcopalian.
The ministry of laying on hands, anointing and praying for the sick is a part of the commission Jesus gave the church, as much as preaching the Word and breaking  bread together.  In fact, seventy percent of Jesus’ ministry was healing.  As James 5:13-15 reads, “Is any one among you suffering? Is any cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.”
The author, Ruth C. Duck in her book, Worship for the Whole People of God, Vital Worship for the 21st Century, gives us an excellent historical account of the development of healing services from the early church, to the rite of healing in the Roman Catholic Church to the reemergence in the Protestant tradition.
Protestant Churches have always ministered to the sick and hurting as seen in the role of pastors, chaplains, deacons, parish nurses and laity. What has been missing is the intentional communal worship with the opportunity for prayer, laying on hands and anointing. Here are a few examples of liturgies and practical ideas: From, a Healing Service on the website Liturgy by TLW, On the website Prayer Ideas an article How to Start a Healing Prayer Service and from the UCC,  Planning and Guidelines for a Healing Service from the UCC       
Perhaps you are interested in participating in a service of healing for yourself, and seeking that tactile expression of Christ’s healing presence. Or perhaps you are interested in starting a healing ministry in your own church. Here is a list of books for further reading:  Avery Brook, Healing in the Landscapes of Prayer, Tilda Norberg and Robert Webber, Stretch Out Your Hand, Exploring Healing Prayer;  Bruce Epperly, God’s Touch; Faith, Wholeness and the Healing Miracles of Jesus, and James Wagner, Just in Time! Healing Services.
The purpose of the Healing Service is not to be “cured” of your illness, but rather to renew and strengthen your body, heart, soul, mind and emotions.  It provides a time to be open to a greater sense of wholeness and connectedness to God and those around you. Healing Services are for all those afflicted for any reason such as grief, a broken marriage, addiction or mental illness.  Healing ministry offers a safe place that listens to suffering.  Healing ministry lifts up people in prayer who are in spiritual pain.  God’s intervention is a mystery that leaves us with a sign of Christ’s compassion
Cathy Applewhite

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Names For the Messiah An Advent Study, Westminster/John Knox Press

Walking Backwards to Christmas, Westminster/John Knox Press

Sailboat Church, Westminster/John Knox Press

Illuminating Advent,
Congregational Ministries Publishing

The Christian Wallet: Spending, Giving, and Living with a Conscience, Westminster/John Knox Press

The Day When God Made Church: A Child's First Book About Pentecost, Paraclete Press

Growing Young, Baker Books

Living the Questions: The Wisdom of Progressive Christianity, HarperOne

Messy Hospitality, The Bible Reading Fellowship

Multi-Sensory Church, Scripture Union

Autopsy of a Deceased Church, B&H Publishing Group

Survival Guide for Kids, Paraclete Press

Sustainable Youth Ministry, InterVarsity Press

Caring for God's Creations: The Stewardship of Animals, The Humane Society

Growing in Christ Nursery Roll Family Materials,   Concordia Publishing House

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Are you looking for information and resources for intergenerational worship?
Check out this article by
Joan Huyser-Honig titled “All Ages Needed for Intergenerational Worship” on the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship website.
The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship website also has an article called
“Nine Tips for Designing Intergenerational Worship.”
Ivy Beckwith, Faith Formation Team Leader for the UCC, asks
“How Intergenerational Are You?” on the UCC website.
PRC will be offering a free webinar on the topic October 18 at 7 PM Eastern Time. You can
click here to register; the webinar will also be recorded. Webinar presenter Karen Ware Jackson also has number of resources for intergenerational worship on her website



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Webinar: Millennials and Giving
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
7:00 to 8:00 PM Eastern
Leader: Grace Duddy Pomroy

Webinar: Using Advent and Christmas Symbols in Sunday School
Thursday, October 6, 2016
7:00 to 8:00 PM Eastern
Leader: Debbie Kolacki

Webinar: Seeking God via Google
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
7:00 to 8:00 PM Eastern
Leader: Christopher Harris

Intergenerational Worship 101
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
7:00 to 8:00 PM Eastern
Leader: Karen Ware Jackson

Webinar: Alternative Sunday School Series: It Takes a Village
Thursday, October 20, 2016
7:00 to 8:00 PM Eastern
Leader: Katie Rode Carided


Looking for church software?
When choosing Church Management Software you need to make some decisions about what it is you want the system to do. So thinking about this the criteria list would be something like this: cloud based, calendar, donations, small group, member management, online giving, pledge tracking, flexible report building, not proprietary and price.  Here is a great website that lets you “filter” by the qualities that are most important to your church; it will help narrow the choices. 
Most CMS’s will let you try a demo, make sure the people who use the system the most: people who enter names and addresses and the person who enters pledge information try the demo.

Here are a few that met the criteria.
Breeze ChMS ,
Church Community Builder 
Church Office Online  ,
Roll Call


We are starting to schedule webinars for January throught June 2017.

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