Altar Table Ideas- Healing Service

In Luke 24, we find the travelers on the Road to Emmaus. They are discouraged, frightened and confused. They thought Jesus was the Messiah, but now he is dead. A stranger joins them and they pour out their hearts to him. He in turn fills their hearts with the truth of scripture and fills their mouths with the bread of heaven. Holy Communion becomes a meal of hope and healing.

This altar table display was created for a healing service based on Luke 24 which offered both Holy Communion and prayer with anointing and laying on of hands.

  • The cross rests in a small fountain symbolizing the waters of baptism, refreshment, and cleansing. Come to me all you who are thirsty– Isaiah 55:1; John 7:37; Rev. 22:17. Living water gushing up to eternal life– John 7:38; Rev. 7:17
  • The fountain is encircled by three shades of blue tulle which are braided together and then flow down the front of the display. This reflects unity, companionship, journey and Trinity. Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.- Ecclesiastes 4:12
  • The ascending candles draw together the communion elements (bread and cup), the two small bowls containing the anointing oil, and the flowers representing growth and new life.

This altar table display is part of a series of displays designed by Robyn Pence and her team for the 2011 Summer Church Music Workshop sponsored by the Florida Chapter of the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts. The workshop is a terrific yearly event which includes sessions for adults and youth in areas such as traditional choir, contemporary worship, liturgical dance, sign language, handbells, banner making, altar table displays, organ, guitar, etc. plus great worship and fellowship. For more information, go to

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