2 Express our commitment to follow and serve Jesus with our whole selves and in our nursing—body, mind, and spirit, with these scriptures and words, spoken out loud by the Leader with responses from participants:
Leader: Jesus, we acknowledge that you came and gave your life to save us and make us right with God.9 You have given us the Holy Spirit to be with us, and the Holy Spirit will teach us all the things you taught and want us to know.10
Participants: God, fill us with your Holy Spirit and teach us.
Leader: God, we want to love you with all of our heart, with all of our soul, and with all of our mind—the greatest and most important commandment. And we want to love our neighbor as ourselves.11
Participants: God, help us love you with all our strength, in body, mind, and spirit.
Leader: Holy God, help us keep our minds focused on You. You have told us, “You will keep the mind that is dependent on you in perfect peace, for it is trusting in you. Trust in the Lord forever, because in the Lord, the Lord himself, is an everlasting rock!”12 and that “those who live according to the Spirit have their minds set on the things of the Spirit.13
Participants: God, help us keep our minds set on you.
Leader: God, we acknowledge that our bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in us. We are not your own but were bought at a price by you, to know you.14 In view of your mercy, we offer our bodies “as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is our true and proper worship. We do not want to conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of our minds”15 by studying your Word and spending time in prayer and fellowship with other Christ followers.
Participants: We offer our bodies and minds to do your sacred work of nursing. We commit to seek you in regular Bible study, prayer, and Christian community.
Leader: God, you have shown us what you want from us; help us as nurses, “To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with you.”16
Participants: We commit ourselves as Christ’s nurses and with God’s help, to act righteously, compassionately, and respectfully towards God and others.
3 Anointing with oil: Each nurse extends both hands, palms up. With a small dab of oil on the thumb or a finger, the leader or person offering the blessing makes the sign of the Cross on each palm while saying:
(Name), I anoint you in the name of the Father who created, loves, and sustains you, the Son who redeems you, and the Holy Spirit who empowers you. May your words and actions always bring comfort and healing to those you touch, to the honor and glory of God.