Healing Ministry Invitation
Theologian Thomas Keating has suggested that, "God has not promised to take away our trials, but to help us to change our attitudes toward them." It is in that spirit that a Healing Ministry became a part of our parish life in 1987. A small group felt the parish could grow in faith while, at the same time, parishioners could each grow individually towards the wholeness that is offered to each of us.
Out of original sin and our cultural programming, we look for happiness in places and things that we think will meet our need for power/control, esteem/affection, and security/survival. But as Christians, we believe that God is the only thing that meets our needs for love and stability. It is at the healing desk that worshipers can come and pray for their needs, the needs of others that they carry in their hearts, or the joys experienced in their lives. After the person tells the healing minister of his or her request, prayers are offered according to the Spirit. There is no follow-up or further questioning. Confidentiality is respected.
Through the years, parishioners who are not healing ministers have joined our monthly meetings because of the burdens they face in their lives at a particular time. They might stay for a few months or a few years. In discerning the course the healing ministry is to take, we have felt led to open our monthly meetings to anyone who worships at St. Alban’s and would like to join us. It could be for one meeting or longer.
Our meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month during the program year from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Rectory Living Room. We generally begin with a time of individual sharing around our lives, a scripture reading and discussion, the reading of our ministry's guidelines, prayer time, and a closing liturgy. Please consider joining us at our September 18 gathering. For additional information, please contact Elizabeth Fisher or Candice Brown