song NCH 175 O Christ, the Healer, We Have Come
Isaiah 56:1, 6-8
prayers of the people
The Lord’s Prayer
song NCH 302 Eternal Christ, You Rule
NCH 175 “O Christ, the Healer, We Have Come” Text: Fred Pratt Green, 1967; Tune: “Kentridge,” Richard Gieseke, 1988.
v. 1: O Christ, the healer, we have come to pray for health, to plead for friends. How can we fail to be restored when reached by love that never ends?
v. 2: From every ailment flesh endures our bodies clamor to be freed. Yet in our hearts we would confess that wholeness is our deepest need.
v. 3: In conflicts that destroy our health we recognize the world’s disease; our common life declares our ills. Is there no cure, O Christ, for these?
v. 4: Grant that we all, made one in faith, in your community may find the wholeness that, enriching us, shall reach and prosper humankind.
NCH 302 Eternal Christ, You Rule Text: Dan Damon, 1990; Tune: “Throckmorton,” Dan Damon, 1990.
v. 1: Eternal Christ, you rule keeping company with pain; enduring ridicule, rejected, still you reign.
v. 2: Eternal Christ, you rule speaking pardon from the cross; forgiving pounded nails; death did its worst and lost.
v. 3: Eternal Christ, you rule taking children by the hand; the proud return to school; the meek receive the land.
v. 4: Eternal Christ, you rule fasting forty days alone; the tempter played the fool, expecting bread from stone.
v. 5: Eternal Christ you rule keeping company with pain; with love and truth as tools, come build in us your reign.