In recent years, services of healing have received renewed emphasis throughout the church. Scripture affirms the importance of ministries of healing and caring. The root of the word healing in New Testament Greek is sozo — a word that also means salvation and wholeness. Spiritual healing is God’s work of offering people healing, harmony, and wholeness of body, mind, spirit, and relationships. Jesus himself made healing a major part of his ministry on earth.
At Good Shepherd, we recognize that all healing comes from God and we do not presume to be able to heal anyone by our own power, righteousness, or authority. We gratefully acknowledge and affirm the gifts God gives through medicine and other healing arts. A Service of Prayer and Healing is no substitute for either medicine or the proper care of one’s health. Those who participate in the healing ministry of the church are simply channels of God’s love. God does not promise that we will be spared suffering but does promise to be with us in our suffering. Trusting in that promise we are enabled to recognize God’s grace and sustaining presence in pain, sickness, injury, and estrangement.
At a Service of Prayer and Healing, we gather together as a Christian community in worship and prayer, trusting in God’s merciful care. Individual prayers for healing, laying on of hands, and anointing with oil, along with the Sacrament of Holy Communion help us to experience the presence of the healing Christ in tangible ways. We pray for one another and for ourselves, longing for Christ’s healing touch in our lives.
Good Shepherd conducts an annual Service of Prayer and Healing on a Saturday at 5:30 p.m. during the month of October when we observe the Day of St. Luke—Physician and Evangelist. We invite all Good Shepherd members, their family and friends, and anyone in the community to join us for this special worship opportunity.
To learn more about this service and the specific date on which it will be conducted call the church office, 636-391-6685, or contact Pastor Rich Wolf.