Ending of life-sustaining treatment


Let us pray.
O God our Creator and Sustainer, receive our prayers for N. We
thank you for the love and companionship we have shared with him/her. Give us grace now to accept the limits of human healing as we commend N. to your merciful care. Strengthen us, we pray, in this time of trial and help us to continue to serve and care for one another; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

In a Time of Difficult Decision
Lord of all wisdom and source of all life, we come before you as we struggle with decisions about life and death that rightly belong to you alone. We confess that we act with uncertainty now. Give us your help, and guide us, merciful God, in your loving concern for N. who lies in grave illness; through Jesus Christ our Redeemer. Amen.

A reading from the epistle to the Romans

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Romans 6:3-4,8-11

God our Wisdom: Bless the decisions we have made in hope, in sorrow, and in love; that as we place our whole trust in you, our choices and our actions may be encompassed by your perfecting will; through Jesus Christ who died and rose for us. Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

Let us pray in the words our Savior Christ has taught us.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
    hallowed be thy Name,
    thy kingdom come,
    thy will be done,
        on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our tresspasses,
    as we forgive those
        who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
    and the power, and the glory,
    for ever and ever. Amen.

N., I lay my hands upon you [and anoint you] in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, trusting that God will do better things for you than we can desire or pray for. Amen.


Minister: Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit,
For you have redeemed me, O God of truth.

People: Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit