Food for the Flock 31

March 7, 2018

During Holy Week there will be a Service of Healing on Wednesday, March 28, 7 pm. Worshippers will gather in the sanctuary. You might ask: what is a service of healing?


Scripture affirms the ministry of spiritual healing—especially that related to wholeness. Spiritual healing is God’s work of offering people balance, harmony, and wholeness of mind, body, and spirit through confession, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Through such healing God works to restore a relationship or to bring peace when a relationship cannot be mended.


All healing is of God. Healing ministry doesn’t detract from the gifts God gives through medicine or therapies of varies kinds. It is not a substitute for proper care of one’s health. Rather, it adds to the resources that restore wholeness.


Healing is not magic, but underlying it is the great mystery of God’s love. A service of healing is a conduit where God’s love can flow and God’s sustaining presence in pain, sickness, injury, and estrangement may be made known. God does not promise that we will be cured of all illness; we all must face the inevitability of death. A service of healing is not necessarily a service of curing, but it provides an atmosphere in which healing can happen. The greatest healing of all is the reunion and reconciliation of a human being with God. Physical healing sometimes occurs, mental and emotional balance is often restored, and spiritual health is enhanced. The service will be an opportunity to let go of pain, anxiety, and weariness. The basic purpose of spiritual healing is to renew and strengthen ones’ relationship with God.


What will happen during the service of healing? You can expect prayers, scripture readings, and simple chants of music. There will be an opportunity for reflection during the laying on of hands and anointing with oil in the same fashion that occurs with the imposition of ashes. Individuals may choose to come forward or remain sitting in the pews.


If you are seeking such an opportunity for wholeness you are encouraged to attend. Please invite friends, neighbors, and strangers that may benefit from this restorative service.


Pastor Joanna

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