We all could use a big dose of healing about now. Healing from weariness, Covid and fear of Covid, racial injustice, political division, illness of many kinds, isolation, depression, loss, and grief. The list goes on.
How does healing work? No one has all the answers on that. We know that God heals in mysterious ways, and not always as we have asked or hoped for. Some of us believe in spontaneous physical healing and many have experienced moments of spontaneous emotional and spiritual healing. Most of us in this age look to medical science to shed light on our healing and see this knowledge as an extension of God’s light in the world.
There can be a difference between “curing” and “healing.” Many medical and psychological professionals now define healing as a sense of wholeness in body, mind, and spirit. Healing results in the lessoning of suffering, despite losses. Wholeness is often found in spiritual and relational connection.
Through the numerous stories of Jesus’ healing love, we come to understand and be assured:
Pain and suffering do not occur because we “deserve it” in some way.
Faith helps us participate in God’s healing.
Healing is pure grace, a pure gift, sometimes through God’s beautiful innate design of our bodies’ and souls’ abilities to heal.
We can experience God’s healing through the love of others –
professionals, friends and sometimes even strangers.
Many of us find healing in our relationship with God through prayer.
This Sunday’s worship will be a service for healing and wholeness– healing for each of us, our loved ones who suffer, our society and world. Please join us.
Blessings for your healing,
Rev. Jan Reynolds
For Your Comfort and Inspiration
“You’ll Never Walk Alone” – written by Oscar Hammerstein II and composed by Richard Rodgers
Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, 300 people from 15 different countries came together to participate in a virtual rendition of the beautiful song “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Carousel. Please share this video to help spread a little hope during this time!
ATTENTION COLLEGE STUDENTS:
BERGEN-MARTIN SCHOLARSHIP AND HAZEL BURNETT SCHOLARSHIP NEWS: Applications for the Fall 2020 Semester are now being accepted for the Bergen-Martin Scholarship (college Freshman and Sophomores) and the Hazel Burnett Scholarship (college Juniors and Seniors).
The deadline for applications is Sunday, August 30, 2020. All application forms and paperwork must be received (hard copies, not electronic submission) in the church office by this deadline –PLAN AHEAD!For additional information and to get applications, email the church office at[email protected]
Please continue your giving during this time, so that St. Andrew may continue to serve our local community and our membership. We recognize that some of you have been impacted financially by economic repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic. For those of you who can, please continue to give on a regular basis.
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