Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.
These two verses are the theme for this Sunday’s worship services as we conclude our study of James. Prayer and praise are at the core of a life of faith, and I know no better way to express this than with a healing service.
Throughout my ministry, I have held numerous healing services. These have proven to be powerful in the life of the individuals and the congregations. Something happens when people pray. Something happens when people who need prayer ask for prayer, are anointed with oil, and, as they are being prayed for, have persons lay hands on them. There is a sense of the power and the presence of God. Something also happens when someone stands in the gap for someone else who needs prayer.
In February of 2011, June and I, along with Bishop Watson and others, stood at the ancient pools of Bethesda in Jerusalem and had a healing service. In that service June stood in the gap for our infant grandson, Jake, who was in and out of the hospital with severe allergies. I will never forget Bishop Watson anointing June as she stood in the gap for baby Jake. Tears flowed down our cheeks as we, in faith, prayed for Jake. This Sunday, we have this same opportunity to be supported by those who love us and to support those we love as we live out our faith together.
More information on our healing service is available in the United Methodist Book of Worship.
We ask that we all pray fervently in faith for this week’s services. See you Sunday.
Rev. Charles E. Broome