Gathering 8 – Immanuel Healing – Part 1

Informal - 15 minutes
  • Warm greetings with eye contact and smiles as people are welcomed in
  • Pre-printed name tags retrieved – provide a conversation starter note for each week
  • Serve simple refreshments
  • Mingle and offer warm greetings to others
  • Conversation Starter: Ask, “What is the most transforming thing you have experienced through our group so far?”
Non-formal – VIDEO – whole group – 30 minutes
  • Tap the vagus nerve to place onto Christ any cares of the day/week and to quiet/ calm – 2 minutes
  • Prayer to welcome God’s presence and read Isaiah 61:1-4 – 2 minutes
  • Watch Video – 15 minutes (Special Immanuel Prayer Video)
  • Each person share a 30-60 second gratitude/appreciation or read an excerpt from your journal – 10 minutes

Split up into gender-specific triad (or 2 close friends) – 20 minutes
  • One person from the group
    1. Describe your “golden memory” to the group and re-live the experience.
    2. Ask Jesus how He was interacting with you in that blessed situation. Describe your perceptions to the group.
    3. Ask Jesus if there is any upsetting or joy-killing experience from your recent or distant past that He wants to touch, heal and resolve.
    4. Ask Jesus to interact with you in the painful memory.
    5. Share your perceptions of what Jesus was doing or saying in the midst of that upsetting situation. Describe this experience to the group as it unfolds. 
      1. (Review the special note in the Facilitator Guide for an alternative set of questions.)

      2. Say a blessing prayer of thanksgiving over the person who shared – 3 minutes
      Regather whole group – 10 minutes
      • A few folks share a 30 second gratitude/appreciation from this gathering

      Read the poem of the week

      Sing: Father, Make Us One

      Fun-work: The host will email the video homework assignment to everyone
      • Journal a bit about your experience this week.

      Fun Work: Derek Redmond’s Olympic Race