Service of Renewal Set for April 6

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A service of inspiration and renewal for caregivers, featuring music, prayer and music meditation, will be Sunday, April 6, 4 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield.

Called “Restore, Replenish, Renew,” the service is designed for anyone who is providing care or services to persons in need. This includes family caregivers, nurses, physicians, healthcare workers, therapists, clergy and volunteers.

The service will include a litany for healing, hymn singing, harp music, and readings. Lois Lindbloom, a spiritual director and licensed psychologist (L.P.M.A.), will offer the meditation. Local musicians John Ferguson, Elinor Niemisto and Jenny Pelletier will provide music and accompaniment.

Anointing of hands will be included in the service.  Anointing is an age-old tradition of the Christian church. Historically oil or myrrh was used to make the sign of the cross (or nowadays a heart or the Star of David) on the person‘s forehead, hands, or both. Words of blessing and healing are spoken. 

 Following the service there will be refreshments and a time for fellowship.  Hand or back massage will be offered free of charge by local practitioners.  A limited number of prayer shawls will be available for caregivers.

     “Restore, Replenish, Renew” was initiated in 2000 by a local network of parish nurses, who wanted to offer a worship service that would reinvigorate the spiritual side of those who provided prolonged care-giving. 

Northfield Retirement Community, Three Links, Northfield Area Interfaith Association and Northfield Hospital & Clinics are sponsoring the service.

For more information:  Scott Richardson, Director of Community Relations, Northfield Hospital, 507-646-1034 or email