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A Prayer For Healing:
Healing Prayers Offered on the Fifth Sunday

Healing prayers in the church is an ancient practice. Within the Roman Catholic Church, it is considered a Sacrament. Lutherans have not established healing prayers as a Sacrament because it was not commanded by Jesus (as Baptism and Holy Communion are). However, healing prayers are recommended in the New Testament in the Epistle of James, chapter 5:14-15:

Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up. . .”

How will this work?

We will offer healing prayers with laying on of hands and anointing with oil on Sunday, July 31, the fifth Sunday of July After the postlude, I will come to the front of the sanctuary. If you want healing prayers, come up to the communion rail – you may stand or kneel. I will lay my hands on your head, pray, and anoint you with oil – olive oil that has been consecrated by our Bishop. You may tell me the condition you want prayers for or simply come in silence.

This takes a couple of minutes; then, you may go in peace.

Pastor Mark

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