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Healthcare Sunday

Almost every Sunday of the year is a 'special' Sunday, so each and every church has to make decisions about which of the umpteen it chooses to keep.  Back in the summer, we decided that Health-care Sunday was one we would mark during evening worship this autumn.  It seemed a good idea at the time, and as is the way of things, the more so now.

In our church we have several people who work in health care and many others who are grateful recipients of the benefits of the NHS.  It is good to remember those who work in the complex world of health care, seeking to bring thier faith in Jesus to life as they engage with people whose lives are affected by the realities of a disordered world.  We have medical students doing electives in very tough and challenging placements, an A&E nurse and an A&E consultant who tend people suddenly taken ill, patches up those who've over indulged or fallen victim to passing joggers (!), we have an internationally renowned oncologist (handy), we have several retired nurses, we have close links with a dentist, and I've undoubtedly forgotten or missed others.  We can't imagine the kind of things these folk face each day, and I suspect if we did our hair would curl.  More widely my friends include pharmacists, physios and medical physicists, a few healthcare hospital/hospice chaplains and not a few home care assistants.

From the lowliest cleaner mopping up body fluids to the chief exec of the health board we depend on those who expend their energies in caring for our welfare.  It seems good to pause this one day to pray for them.

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  • it also got a mention here this morning, in a slightly unfortunate way as the prayer included the phrase "all the doctors and nurses..." gauranteed to put this pharmacist's teeth on edge, not least since there was another pharmacist and a physiotherapist in the congregation as well as the aforementioned doctor and nurse. I really like your last sentence, since I know from experience that the porters and domestic staff are every bit as vital to patient care as the glamorous professions, sometime possibly more so. And in times of decreasing funding (at least in England), chief execs and other Board members certainly need our prayers for wisdom in working out how to continue to deliver services to those who need them.

    Of course I know you know all this already; I'll get off my soapbox now and wish you a good service this evening!

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