Anointing of the Sick & Healing
When we gather in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, He is present among us by his Spirit. He suffered for us on the cross to bring us healing and reconciliation. Having shared our weakness and learned obedience through suffering, he now lives as our great high priest and is able to save to the uttermost all who draw near to God through him. With our hope set on this great salvation we lay before God our weakness and our need.
Jesus sets before us the hope of the kingdom of God. All that is broken will be bound up in God's healing love. All that is marred by weakness and sin will be transformed by God's reconciling love. In his humanity, Jesus took on himself our weakness and bore our sins. The Holy Spirit is present in the struggles and groaning of a world subject to decay, bringing to birth the freedom and glory of God's new creation. It is in this hope that we bring to God our prayers and our penitence, and look to God for the new life of the kingdom.
Jesus went about preaching the gospel and healing. He commanded his disciples to lay hands on the sick that they might be healed. Following his example, we come to receive the laying on hands and anointing, praying that the Lord will grant healing and peace according to his loving and gracious will. Saint James writes, 'Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins he will be forgiven.'
Jesus taught his disciples to love one another. In his community of love, in praying together, in sharing all things and in caring for the sick, they recalled his words: 'In so far as you did this to one of these, you did it to me.' We witness to this teaching and to pray in the name of Jesus the healer that the sick may be restored to health and that all among us may know his saving power.
Therefore, healing, reconciliation and restoration are integral to the good news of Jesus Christ. For this reason prayer for individuals, focused through laying on of hands or anointing with oil, has a proper place within the public prayer of the Church. God's gracious activity of healing is to be seen both as part of the proclaiming of the good news and as an outworking of the presence of the Spirit in the life of the Church.
If you desire anointing for healing, please speak with the clergy.