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A Service of Prayer and Healing, Thursday, March 4th
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 • Posted February 24, 2010

The Order of Saint Luke will be holding a service of anointing for the purpose of healing on Thursday, March 4

All healing is of God. The Church’s healing ministry in no way detracts from the gifts God gives through medicine and psychotherapy. It is no substitute for either medicine or the proper care of one’s health. Rather, it adds to our total resources for wholeness.

Healing is not magic, but underlying it is the great mystery of God’s love. Those who minister spiritual healing are channels of God’s love. Although no one can predict what will happen in a given instance, many marvelous healings have taken place.

God does not promise that we shall be spared suffering but does promise to be with us in our suffering. Trusting that promise, we are enabled to recognize God’s sustaining presence in pain, sickness, injury, and estrangement.

Likewise, God does not promise that we will be cured of all illnesses; and we all must face the inevitablilty 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 or reconciliation of a human being with God. When this happens, physical healing sometimes occurs, mental and emotional balance is often restored, spiritual health is enhanced, and relationships are healed.

For those that feel that they do not need healing of any kind, you are also invited to attend, and pray for and ask for healing for friends or family. Intercessory prayer is a powerful thing, so please feel free to come and intercede for those that are unable to attend.

The service will include special prayers, anointing of oil, and a sharing in the Lord’s Supper. Representing the Order of Saint Luke will be: Rev. Suzanne Brantley leading the service, assisted by district lay leader, Wade Powell. The Order of Saint Luke is a religious order of clergy and laity devoted to living a life of rule and service within Christ’s holy church.

Driving directions from Mason to the Hilda United Methodist Church: Follow Hwy 87 South toward Fredericksburg about 10 miles and turn right onto Ranch Road 783. Continue about 4 miles and turn left onto Loeffler Ln. The church is just ahead on Loeffler Ln.

th at 6:30 PM. All are invited to attend. The United Methodist Book of Worship states that scripture strongly affirms ministries of spiritual healing, which in recent years have received renewed emphasis throughout Christ’s holy Church. Spiritual healing is God’s work of offering persons balance, harmony, and wholeness of body, mind, spirit, and relationships through confession, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Throughout such healing, God works to bring about reconciliation between God and humanity, among individuals and communities, within each person, and between humanity and the rest of creation. The New Testament records that Jesus himself healed the estranged and sick and sent out his disciples on ministries of healing. The fifth chapter of James calls us also to pray for and anoint the sick, that they may be healed.

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