Saint John's in the Village

An Episcopal Church, where in the name of Christ you are always welcome

Wednesday Evening Healing Liturgies

The ministry of healing is as old as the people of God. From the healing stories of Elisha and the Naaman in the Hebrew Scriptures to the healing of the man at the pool of Siloam in the New Testament, the church has understood the renewal and restoration of life to be a function of God's redeeming power. As modern science has opened more of the mystery of God to the healing arts of medicine and psychiatry, the church has grown in its understanding of how God heals. We now see ourselves as working in tandem with medicine and psychiatry as we believe that healing involves body, mind, and spirit.

If you attend our healing liturgy you will find a simple rite with lots of silence and opportunity for prayer. Sometimes people come early and visit the icons in the church, laying before God the pain, hope, disappointments, and thanksgivings of their lives. A service leaflet will guide you directly through the liturgy. You will hear a meditation on some aspect of healing and renconciliation, and, most significantly, you may be anointed with holy oil. Anointing is an ancient sacrament in which the power of God is turned and focused upon the particular needs of God's people. A prayer will be said for you and hands will be laid upon your head, reminding us of our need to be touched by God and by each other. The liturgy concludes with the celebration of the Eucharist, and if you are baptized, you are welcome to receive holy communion in our Church.

You are invited to bring your prayers, your concerns, and your need for healing to this liturgy. We hope you will join us.

The liturgy is on Wednesday evenings at 6:15 p.m. and lasts 30 minutes.