Christian healing is a process that involves the totality of our being—body, mind, emotion, spirit and our social contexts—and that directs us toward becoming the person God is calling us to be at every stage of our living and our dying. Whenever we are truly open to God, some kind of healing takes place because God yearns to bring us to wholeness. Through prayer and the laying on of hands, confession, anointing, the sacraments and all means of grace Christ loves, transforms, forgives and heals. The Spirit does this in God’s way and time according to God’s compassionate wisdom.
Because the Holy Spirit is continually at work in each of us, nudging us toward wholeness, the process of healing is like removing sticks and leaves from a stream until the water runs clear. If we can “get out of the way” God desires to work in us. Grace allows us to trust that we are being led to the happiness and wholeness God wants with us.
Very often the results of our healing are increased faith in God and a new empowerment to love and serve others. Frequently we find that the very thing that has caused our hurt or brokenness becomes transformed into a unique gift for us.
The environment of healing has many dimensions at Peace. Healing occurs in our conversations, our study together, through the Prayer Circle and in our Eucharistic celebrations.
Healing Prayer stations provide a way for God’s healing presence to be revealed to us. Healing Prayer at Peace consists of ten members of Peace who have participated in Dr. Francis Geddes’ training entitled “Developing our Healing Gifts.” One or more of these individuals will be available on Sundays when you notice a blue lit candle is placed on the communion table. You may come to the back of the area behind where the congregation is gathered and kneel at the prayer station after receiving communion. You will be asked if you have a specific prayer request or simply desire prayer for yourself or a loved one. You have the option of being anointed with oil.
The person praying with you has been through training. He or she is pledged to confidentiality. We pray with you for the mystery of God’s healing power. Your concern will not be shared among the Healing Prayer group members, nor is there any follow-up. If you desire further support, please speak directly with Pastor Steve.
Prayer Circles consists of members at Peace who respond to prayer requests through a phone tree network. Your prayer requests can be directed to Pr. Steve (648-7000.) To join the Prayer Circle, call the church office.
Other resources we have available at the church to assist in your healing is Spiritual Direction, the Peace Counseling Center, and the outdoor labyrinth which is available at any time. Further information on all these resources are located on the website or you may call the church office with additional questions.