Each week during the invitation to Holy Communion I say, “During the distribution of communion we offer prayers and anointing for healing. This can be for you, or for someone else. Just go to the area to the side of the altar, behind where the processional cross is now standing and there will be someone there to pray with you.”
Today I visited one of our parishioners in the hospital. We visited briefly, and then I anointed him for healing and prayed with him. This is one of the most basic and important things we do for one another as followers of Jesus. In James 5:14 we read, “Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord.”
Every week we have someone from our healing prayer team waiting to pray with you. They are ready to listen (and always hold your requests in confidence), pray with you, and anoint you for healing. Whether you want to heal a relationship, or your physical self, or pray for someone else’s healing, you are welcome.
Healing prayer is one of the ways we respond to God’s love as a congregation. Offering healing prayer and trusting that God will respond with healing, wholeness, and encouragement are ways we give thanks for the life and love that God offers. Healing prayer is one of the ways we put our trust in God. At baptism we die to our old selves and are reborn into the family of God. The prayers and anointing we offer are an expression of the reality of our love for one another as sisters and brothers in Christ.
Yours in Christ,