Healing Ministry

O God, the source of all health: so fill my heart with faith in your love, that with calm expectancy I may make room for your power to possess me, and gracefully accept your healing; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. –

Book of Common Prayer, page 461

At the 9:00 a.m. Eucharist service each Sunday, we offer an opportunity for healing prayer with laying on of hands and anointing with oil.  During Communion you will see a lay person (or persons) in the small side chapel in the North Transept, to the left of the choir seating.  You may ask for specific prayers in full assurance of their confidentiality, or you may simply ask for healing without specifying any particular need.  Approach the side altar at any time during Communion, prior to receiving Communion.  After you've visited the healing station, you can then simply insert yourself into the line for Communion, and return to your seat after receiving.

If you're not familiar with this practice, you may find the following article by one of our lay healing ministers helpful. Our clergy are also available to answer your questions and pray with you.

Thoughts on the Mystery of Christian Healing,
Hickory Neck Nuggets, April 2009

I love a good mystery.  So much of our faith, no matter how much we try to dissect it, turns out to be simply an opportunity to embrace the mystery – the mystery of God’s love for us; the mystery of his son, incarnate amongst us; his death and resurrection; and especially the mystery of his healing power in our lives.  We can’t fully understand how that healing grace works, but we are called to accept it and share it as members of the body of Christ...

We need more lay healing ministers.  Please contact the Parish Office if you are feeling called to serve in this way.