Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
On Wednesdays at 5:30 PM we have a healing service here at All Saints. We gather together in quiet contemplation and pray for each other, the world, our family and friends. We hear readings from scripture and we celebrate Holy Eucharist. Lately, this service has been growing with new attendees and those searching for something more, maybe something different and that is exciting.
The congregation comes forward at one point in the service just before the Peace for anointing and a laying on of hands with the words, "I lay my hands upon you and anoint you with oil in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, beseeching our Lord Jesus Christ to sustain you with his presence, to drive away all sickness of body and spirit, and to give you that victory of life and peace which will enable you to serve him both now and evermore. Amen."
These words are not my words they come from our Prayer Book and reflect an understanding that God is always with us, that Christ's gift of healing and wholeness is available to everyone. The words take on a life unto themselves for many who attend. They become something they long for, something that they need that reminds them that they have been sealed as Christ's forever. Some of those who attend say it is the best service of the week as they sit quietly, share quietly, receive God's blessing, receive Christ's gift of Eucharist. At Eucharist we gather together around the table, we hold hands during the Lord's Prayer and we share Christ's Body and Blood, Christ's gift to us to be made new in an intimate and loving environment.
The Post Communion prayer at this service is not read on Sunday. I may share it in the future on a Sunday but for now it is on Wednesday evenings. Its words are strong, powerful, transforming, numbing, in a sense, if we would do what it says: "Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to you, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated to you; and then use us, we pray, as you will, and always to your glory and the welfare of your people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen."
Think about joining us for this special service on Wednesday's @ 5:30 (there is no service this Wednesday due to my traveling to Chicago to pick up Emma but we will have it again starting August 6th).
See ya Sunday!
Blessings & Peace,
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