Approximately every six weeks Prayers for Healing accompanied by annointing with oil are provided at both East Church and Bethesda Church worship services. The order for healing is an expression in worship of the church’s ministry of healing. All who sense the need for God’s healing in any aspect of their lives may join in prayer for others and themselves. Each person may come to receive an individial word of blessing and prayer accompanied by a physical gesture of healing: the laying on of hands, accompanied by anointing with oil. These signs, first given in baptism, tell us again that we are sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked forever with the cross of Christ, who is health and salvation for the whole world.
In its ministry of healing the church does not replace the gifts of God that come through the scientific community nor does it promise a cure. Rather, the church offers and celebrates gifts such as these: God’s presence with strength and comfort in time of suffering, God’s promise of wholeness and peace, and God’s love embodied in the community of faith.
Our Lord Jesus healed many as a sign of the reign of God come near and sent the disciples to continue this work of healing—with prayer, the laying on of hands, and anointing. In the Name of Christ, the great healer and reconciler of the world, we entrust to God all who are in need of healing. Anyone is welcome to come and receive a sign of healing and wholeness in the name of the triune God.