When I got married 40 years ago last month the vicar insisted that we had a psalm as well as a reading we chose I think psalm 67. Imagine my surprise then when the choir sang Psalm 128 which contains the words ‘Your wife within your house shall be like a fruitful vine’!
Four children later another Smith wedding is about to take place this month at St Giles, I am marrying my daughter. We have just got back from collecting ‘the dress’, the celebrations are arranged and Lydia and Eddie will be married at St Giles. It’s the church where Lydia is one of our musicians and Eddie was baptised and confirmed here.
Churches are so often connected to major life changing events our baptisms, weddings and funerals. The church building can remind us of happiness but also of great sadness. God however celebrates with us in our happiness and remains with us in the times of sorrow.
James 5 verses 13 to 15
The Power of Prayer
13 If one of you is having troubles, he should pray. If one of you is happy, he should sing praises. 14 If one of you is sick, he should call the church’s elders. The elders should pour oil on him[a] in the name of the Lord and pray for him.
For many years now our church has prayed with people after services, the group is our healing prayer group. Healing prayer not just meaning praying for physical healing but prayer for support in sorrow or trouble or to give thanks for blessings received.
To ask for prayer you can put you name in the healing prayer book in church or there is a prayer tree on which you can hang your request or you can simply ask me or Bryan Bundey. Alternatively at least once a month following the service or Holy Communion in the side chapel there are two people available from our Healing Prayer team to pray with you.
Many people have sought out this support and gained much comfort, hope and healing from the prayers.
Matthew verses 18 to 20
‘For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am with them.’
Those lovely verses from James affirm to us the only draw back to our prayers is that we cannot pray for you if you do not let us know. He tells you to call the church’s elders. It’s even easier today you can email or phone. We cannot pray for you if have not contacted us. If you are in hospital please ask your relatives to contact me, if you need a listening ear and need prayer please phone me or Bryan. We are here to pray for you just let us know.