Trinity United Methodist Church in Castell is holding a special Cancer Vigil Service on Saturday, February 12th at 6:00 p.m.
Every single one of us has been affected by cancer in some way. Cancer has orphaned children, it has taken grandparents much too soon, it has stricken our children, it has taken close friends. Cancer has altered all of our lives. It is truly the plague of our time.
It is the desire of Trinity UMC to gather together as Christians to celebrate the living God and worship him as we intercede for an end to cancer in this world. The invitation to worship is extended to all. We are not bound by denomination, only our love of Jesus Christ, and our faith in his healing power.
The fifth chapter of James beginning with verse 13 says, "Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. 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." Cancer is certainly causing us to suffer, so we shall pray for an end to this disease. We are cheerful in that Christ is the Lamb of God, and we will sing songs of joy for his love and mercy. And, many are battling cancer on a daily basis, so they too are invited to receive prayer and blessing as well as anointing in the name of the Lord.
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. 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 inevitability of death. The cancer vigil 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.
Let us stand together in the presence of Jesus Christ and ask that we be delivered from cancer in this community and in the world.
You will find Trinity United Methodist Church in Castell from Mason by heading East toward Llano about 17 miles. Turn right onto Ranch Road 2768 and continue about 3 miles. Upon crossing the Llano river, make a left and then turn right onto Old Schoolhouse Road to get to the church. (There is a large sign at the entrance.)