James (5:14-18) writes of healing in the context of prayer, and he recommends the elders and the Church members to pray for the healing of the sick. At St. Michael’s we pray for those who have requested prayers at every service, seven days a week. In addition, the ancient prayer practice of the Laying on of Hands is available in the Chapel of the Angels during the 10:00 am and 6:00 pm services on Sundays.
The Laying on of Hands is offered by Prayer Ministers, who are clergy and specially-trained laypeople. Those coming to the Chapel for prayers may request prayers for themselves or for others. The Prayer Minister places her or his hands on the requestor’s head and prays, beseeching Jesus Christ to sustain them with his presence and bestow his healing power to help in any situation. This can be a powerful experience of receiving the grace of the Holy Spirit.
The Prayer Chain
The Saint Michael’s Prayer Chain offers a wonderful opportunity to become more involved in parish life while at home, at work, or wherever you find quiet time to pray!
For nearly three years, the members of St. Michael’s Prayer Chain Ministry have committed to make time each day to pray for the needs of our congregation. Everyday we pray for our fellow parishioners, or for those commended by parishioners—those who are sick, unemployed, facing challenges unknown to us, have died, or are offering thanksgiving for something which has happened in their lives. We pray whenever and wherever we are able. The confidential prayer list is e-mailed to us each week.
If you feel that God is calling you to become a part of this parish ministry, or to add names to the prayer list, please contact Mother Leigh Mackintosh.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors
“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matt 18:20). As the body of Christ, the church continues in Christ’s healing ministry through sacraments, prayer, and service to others. Each month following the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, our Eucharistic visitors share the Body of Christ with those who are hurting and absent by bringing the consecrated Host to members of our parish who are unable to be present at worship due to illness or infirmity. This can be a powerful way to offer the fellowship, healing, and compassion of the church to the least, the lost, and the lonely. It is also a beautiful way to support family, friends, and caregivers. If you know of someone who would like a visit, or if you feel called to become part of this parish ministry, please contact Mother Leigh Mackintosh.