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; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. (James 5: 14 -16)
Writing about healing, James 5 says that when someone is ill we should call for the church elders – here we would say “ministers” or “pastoral team” – asking them to pray over, and to anoint the sick person with oil, believing that healing will follow. James also says “Confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed”.
At All Saints’ during the distribution of Communion at the 10.30am service we may if we wish, go to the Vestry* where two of the prayer ministry team will pray with us about anything that is on our hearts. Already we have listened to the Word of God, confessed our sins together and received forgiveness.
Though we can pray quietly in our pew or seat, the Vestry visit is an opportunity for others to pray with us and, if we wish, be anointed with oil, sharing whatever need we may have**. We may not want to share specific details but can still come in for prayer.
It might perhaps be a huge burden or anxiety that we are carrying. For some it may be concern about a friend or relative, worry about our own personal health or some difficult situation or relationship in our life.
Our Lord is concerned about every part of our lives: the interaction between body, soul (mind, will and emotions) and spirit and our relationships with those around us.
Whatever the concern is, Jesus has promised us in Matthew 18:19-20 that: “Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them”.
* The Vestry is on the left just after entering the Pye Chapel. If the curtain is open please come straight in – if closed please do wait, there are seats just outside.
** These conversations will remain confidential unless permission is given to share with a specific person or if it relates to a vulnerable adult/child protection issue in which case appropriate help would be sought.