We understand that Jesus’ commandment to heal and proclaim the good news to the world is part of the ministry that we as Christians are asked to continue in Jesus’ name. We are not the healers, but we are the vessels through which the healing grace can flow from the divine into the person’s heart, mind, body or soul.
We are blessed with faithful members of the parish who are committed to and have experience in praying with others. They have listening and discerning hearts to hear your petitions and a particular gift in offering these prayers to God. They offer comfort and peace to the one in need of prayers. All conversations between the healing prayer partner and the person requesting prayers are kept in confidence. We understand this is a private and intimate time of prayer that is to be honored.
The first Sunday of every month we offer a time for healing prayers. You are invited to enter the prayer space (our sacristy) and ask for prayers for yourself or for someone on your heart who may be in need of Christ’s healing in heart, mind, body or soul. You may go to receive healing prayers on your way to the altar to receive Holy Communion or after you have received.
We also offer a service of Holy Eucharist which includes the opportunity for healing prayers and the anointing of oil at The Episcopal Home each Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. The Episcopal Home is a personal care home physically attached to St. Andrew’s and a place where our heart has been settled in support of their ministry for years.
We also offer healing prayers and conversation to our guests and friends who come to our Community Meals.
Our parish is involved with The Order of St. Luke, the Physician, (OSL), which is an ecumenical organization that believes in Jesus’ healing presence today as Jesus healed centuries ago when Jesus walked this earth. We study the Gospel healing ministry of Jesus to bring the whole being into harmony with God’s desire for health and wholeness of all God’s children, for ourselves and others through faith.
If you are interested in joining this ministry, please see Mother Barbara.