On the first Thursday of every month, during our regular Thursday 6 p.m. Communion services, there will be an additional option to participate in healing ministry.
In his ministry, Jesus performed many acts of healing—forgiving sin, casting out demons, curing physical diseases, and mending damaged relationships. At his command, his disciples continued his ministry of healing, using ancient symbols of God’s love—laying on hands and anointing with oil. The Church continues these practices, knowing that God’s will for us is abundance and fullness of life.
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 Jesus. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and Jesus will raise them up; anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. (James 5: 14-16a)
Trinity Lutheran Church has offered a special Healing Service at noon on the third Wednesday of every month for some time now. It is much beloved by those who are able to attend. The music and worship committee has often heard requests that a similar service be made available to those who work during the day, or who, for other reasons, cannot be present at noon on a weekday. The committee decided to add another opportunity for those who wish to receive laying on of hands and anointing with oil for healing. On the first Thursday of every month, during our regular Thursday 6 p.m. Communion services, there will be an additional option to participate in healing ministry. In most other respects, the evening service will resemble the traditional Thursday p.m. communion service. Those who prefer not to participate in the healing aspect of the service are welcome to engage in personal prayer and meditation at that time of the worship service.
Please feel free to bring friends who might benefit from intercession for healing. We hope that all who come to God with broken bodies, minds, spirits, hearts, and homes will find the presence and consolation of God in these services. May we all be led toward deeper trust in God’s power and care for us.