The Healing Ministry of the Church
This ministry is in no sense offered as an alternative to medical care, medical help should always be sought as God works through the gifts of medical science and the professional medical staff. The churches were at the forefront of founding Hospitals.
The laying-on of hands is one of the ways in which the Church exercises this ministry as mentioned in Scriptures. It is done by ministers or others who believe themselves to be called to this particular ministry and it is supported by regular prayer. Some people may prefer not to be touched on the head or shoulder, if that is the case just let us know when you come for prayer. The person who gives healing words or touch is not the healer, all healing comes from God.
In our individual prayer we will ask that Jesus in the power of the Spirit will meet you at your point of need, and make us channels of His healing love to restore you to health in body, mind and spirit. This reflects the concern of Jesus for the whole person. Recovery from disease is what we hope and pray for; another possibility is that we are strengthened by God to cope with our illness or disability. Beyond our quest for individual healing there is a need for healing in human society, scarred as it is by war, injustice and oppression.
The Church's ministry of healing is therefore one of reconciliation and forgiveness. Confession of sin, and receiving God's forgiveness are necessary to open the way for God's healing power to flow to bring recovery of wholeness of body, mind and spirit, and for healing the broken relationships between ourselves and God, and between one another.
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Sunday 30 November 2014 | 11.00
Revd Martin Turner
'Advent - A time for giving'
Matthew 6:2-4; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7
Sunday 30 November 2014 | 15.30
Saying Goodbye Service
'Saying Goodbye' services are organised by The Mariposa Trust for anyone who has lost a baby at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy, and whether recently or 80 years ago. These services are held throughout the UK and one is coming to London very soon.
Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, is privileged to host the regional 'Saying Goodbye’ service for London on Sunday 30th November 2014 at 3.30pm and The Revd's Martin Turner and Tony Miles will be leading the service.
All are welcome regardless of faith, or no faith, for an opportunity to remember and acknowledge lives unlived or cut short.
More information can be found at www.sayinggoodbye.org
Sunday 30 November 2014 | 18.30
Reflective Holy Communion
Revd Tony Miles
'Watching, Waiting and Wondering'
Isaiah 64:1-9; Mark 13:24-37