Healing - Ways to Practice - Worship

Jesus called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and
gave them authority over the unclean spirits... They cast out many demons,
and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

— Mark 6:7,13

Call and Response Litany
(based on the hymn "O Healing River" )

One: O God, like a healing river,
send down your waters,

Response: Send down your waters
upon this land.

One: Wash the blood from off the sand.

Response: Wash the pain from out of our hands.

One: This land is parching.

Response: God, we are parching.

One: This land is thirsting.

Response: God, we are thirsting.

One: O healing river,
send down your waters,

Response: O healing river,
send your waters down.

One: Let the seed of healing awake and flourish,

Response: Let the deep roots nourish, let the tall stalks rise.

One: O healing river
send down your waters,

Response: O healing river, from out of the skies.

- Lani Wright
Cottage Grove, Oregon

Healer of Our Every Ill
" Healer of our every ill, Light of each tomorrow..."
Text and music: Marty Haugen
Text and music copyright (c) 1987 G.I.A. Publications

At Evening When the Sun Had Set
" Once more the Healer comes, and we, oppressed with various ills, draw near..."
Text: Henry Twells
Text copyright (c) 1982 Hope Publishing Co.

There is a Balm in Gilead
" There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole..."
Text and music: African-American spiritual

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