Prayer & Healing at St. Paul’s
Healing Ministry is central to our life together at St. Paul’s. A large part of Jesus’ ministry and the ministry he passed on to his disciples involved healing of all kinds. Our vision and prayer for all who come is that they experience what it is to enter into a healing environment, whether approaching along the garden path or entering our beautiful Church building, truly recognizing that they have entered God’s Sanctuary. At the heart of our Healing Ministry is our ongoing life of prayer. You are most welcome and encouraged to come experience God’s healing grace.
The Sacrament of Healing / Sunday Worship & beyond
Each Sunday the sacrament of anointing and prayers for healing is offered during Holy Communion. Following the ancient healing tradition described in Scripture, our clergy use special sacramental oil, delicately scented, to make the sign of the Cross in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, on the foreheads of all who come for healing prayer. At our principal Sunday morning worship service, the clergy are assisted by healing teams. Consistent with our “open Altar” where all are welcome to receive Holy Communion, the sacrament of anointing and prayers for healing is available to anyone who desires healing support for themselves or for others—for physical, emotional and spiritual needs, including healing of relationships, memories, and freedom from addictions. You may come to any Healing Station in silence or with a whispered, specific request. Healing requests are held in strict confidence. The Sacrament of Healing is also available for those who are ill at home, preparing for surgery or other medical challenges, in hospital or care facilities. contact one of our clergy to request a visit.
Each Sunday in our worship we share the Prayers of the People, or Intercessions, where the needs and concerns of the world — global, local, and personal — are lifted in prayer and affirmed by the congregation. Throughout the week, the clergy receive prayer requests for Sunday’s Intercessions. We also have a prayer urn in our Welcome Center for those bringing additional prayer needs. Simply write your request on the slips provided and place in the urn. An usher will see that the request is given to an Intercessor.
A group of parishioners pray daily for specific or general requests. Our clergy receive prayer requests and, in turn, notify the Prayer Chain. First names only are used in order to preserve confidentiality. Prayer requests remain on the Prayer Chain for one month and can be renewed for longer periods of time by contacting Mother Cindy Stravers at the end of each month.