Dear friends at Epiphany,
Each of us, all of us, our nation, the world, the earth itself – it seems that everything and everyone is in great need of healing in these troubled times. When we think of healing, we often imagine being physically cured of an illness, but we know it’s much more than that. According to the American Heritage Dictionary, to heal means: (1) to restore to health; cure; (2) to set right; amend; (3) to rid of sin, anxiety, or the like; restore; (4) to become whole and sound; return to health.
It seems that we need healing in every sense of the word: certainly, being restored to health when we are ill; but also, setting to right what is unjust in our society, and making amends for injustice; being freed from anxiety, and from all that separates us from God; and finding wholeness.
God is the source of all healing, and God hears our every prayer for healing, health, and wholeness. One of the ways we pray for healing at Epiphany is through the ministry of the Healing Team. Before the pandemic, every Sunday there would be two healing stations available in the church, each attended by a member of the Healing Team. It has been the great privilege of the Healing Team to pray for the needs and concerns offered by fellow parishioners at those stations.
Clearly, we have not been able to offer this ministry in person during the pandemic. However, the Healing Team has explored the possibility of offering healing prayer through online healing stations. The team will pilot online healing stations on Sunday, October 11 and Sunday, October 25. Instead of the wooden prayer desks in the sanctuary, the online healing stations will be Zoom breakout rooms (if you don’t already have the Zoom application on your computer or phone, you can find it at www.zoom.us).
How to access the online healing stations
On those Sundays, the online healing stations will be available from 9:40 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. via a Zoom link; the link will be included in our usual Friday “Online Worship This Weekend” email.
When you click on the link, you’ll be placed in a waiting room (others in the waiting room will not be able to see you or know you’re there).
You’ll then be admitted to the main room of the healing station, where you can take a moment to center yourself (again, no one will be able to see you in the main room).
When a healing minister is available, you will be invited to join a healing station. Clicking on the “Join Breakout Room” button will place you in a private space with a healing minister. There, the process is very much like what it would be at the prayer desk at church. You will offer what is on your heart to the minister, who will pray with you.
When prayers have been offered and it is time to exit the healing station, you will press the red “Leave” button and choose “Leave the Meeting.”
Our goal is to offer this healing ministry in a way that assures receivers of the gifts of the Holy Spirit while ensuring the safety and privacy of our brothers and sisters.
Blessings to you all as we together seek God’s healing and wholeness.
~ Sarah Conner, for the Healing Team: Jason Kinchen, Susan Bailey, Fred Rowland, Jane Sherwin, Judith Gillette, Rich Goldhor, Sandra LaPerche, Marty Mauzy, Joy Cass, Leo Cass