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Healing Prayers Needed

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National and local non-profits have asked us to create a healing prayer bank. Your prayers or favorite prayers will be deposited into a prayer bank for others to use in prayer vigils, health care events, rallies and more.  All prayers are welcome especially inter-faith prayers.

Click here fill out the form and submit it with your original and or favorite prayers. There is no word limit or the number of prayers that you submit. After you hit submit/send, you will receive a link to submit another form. You may also send your prayers to merrilee.wineinger@tnumc.org
Please share this request among your friends, families, neighbors and congregations.

If we are to improve the American healthcare system, we need to abandon a view of our bodies as little machines. Healthcare should treat us as the humans that we are through compassion, empathy, and a reverence for the patient’s spirit.

Scott Morris, M.D., M.Div. is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Church Health Center, which opened in 1987 to provide primary health care to the low-income uninsured working people of Memphis. The center, an ecumenical health care ministry supported by the faith and medical communities, averages 30,000 patient visits per year. Morris is a board certified family practice physician, an ordained United Methodist minister, and is the author of the book God, Health & Happiness.

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Churches play a significant role in the lives of their clergy, congregants and the community, impacting all of these individuals’ health and well-being in different ways. The local church can also promote health in a more wholistic way than modern medical establishments—embracing wellness in all its forms—and serving as a central meeting place where all aspects of health can be discussed. Learn more >>

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