Healing comes to us in many ways – the most obvious is physical when our bodies are struggling to regain health and wholeness or at least approximate our previous condition. Of course, healing can also come to us emotionally, spiritually or even relationally. There are many places in our lives where we can point to things being out of order. The Church has always had healing as a part of its ministry. The ministry of Jesus and then the Acts of the Apostles included healing of people in the community.
This Sunday, we will offer a short healing service in the sanctuary at 12:15 pm. During this time, we will engage in a short liturgy and then follow it up with individuals coming for prayer at the front with the clergy (Sam and Don in this case). We will anoint your forehead with oil in the sign of the cross and pray for whatever is requested. The request and prayer will be between the individual and the clergy, rather than announced to the entire gathered body.
As we recognize that this is still the Easter season, we know that resurrection comes to us in many forms with healing being a significant instance. We hope that this service will provide God’s peace and wholeness to all who participate!
This Sunday, we will look at two of the lectionary scriptures in Acts 10:44-48 and John 15:9-17. The inclusion of the Gentiles is a no-brainer for us as we are Gentiles! But in their day, it was a revolutionary expansion of God’s grace to the world. Those in charge had to have a generosity of their understanding of grace. It pushed their boundaries for sure. John’s text is equally important in this same light in that we identify how abiding in God’s love leads to our joy. This relates to the scripture in Acts by showing that as we abide in God’s love, it leads us to seek to include as many as possible in this wonderful faith! I hope you’ll join us this Sunday at any of our four services as I preach on “Can We Follow a Generous Spirit?”
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