St. John's Lutheran Church

In the City for Good!

St. John's Lutheran Church participates in God's mission to bless, save, restore and reconcile the world through meaningful worship and faithful witness in the city of Des Moines and around the world.

St. John's Lutheran Church invites and welcomes all people to experience the Good News of God's grace, forgiveness and unfailing love. The Good News calls and empowers us to share God's love in word and deed throughout our city, nation and world.

Worship Assistants

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR Healing assistants:


Healing Prayer with the Laying on of Hands & Anointing with Oil 

Some notes/suggestions… 

The laying on of hands and anointing with oil is done at both Sunday services every week and on the 2nd Saturday evening service of every month.  One healing assistant serves at the 5pm and 8am services, while two healing assistants serve at the 10am service. 

On Saturday, people desiring prayer stand or kneel at the altar railing in the chapel after receiving Holy Communion.  On Sundays, they proceed to one of the kneelers in the transepts after receiving Holy Communion. 

An oil stock (small container with a sponge of fragrant oil) will be available to the healing assistant, along with a printout of prayers they may use if they have not memorized one.   

The following prayers are appropriate to say as hands are gently laid on a person’s head (or shoulders): 

I lay my hands upon you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, beseeching God to uphold you and fill you with grace that you may know the healing power of God’s love.  Amen. 


Gracious God, for Jesus’ sake, send your Holy Spirit upon your servant, ___; drive away all sickness of body and spirit; make whole that which is broken; deliver her/him from the power of evil; and preserve her/him in true faith to share in the power of Christ’s resurrection and to serve you with all the saints, now and evermore.  Amen. 


Living God, through the laying on of hands and anointing, grant comfort to ___.  When she/he is afraid, give her/him courage; when afflicted give her/him hope; and when alone, assure her/him of the support of the community of faith.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.  

Following the prayer, the assistant may touch the sponge with their thumb then make the sign of the cross on the person’s forehead, and say: 

Receive this oil as a sign of forgiveness and healing in Jesus Christ.  Amen. 


In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. 

There are times when a person may request prayer for someone besides themselves.  Simply include that person’s name in the prayer as it seems appropriate. 

Thank you for serving Christ and your neighbor in this way.  

 600 6th Ave. Des Moines, Iowa  50309 - 515.243.7691 - a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America