Service of Healing, June 20
One of my favorite pundits wrote, “The aim of Christianity is not to make us more func- tional neurotics, but to call us into sanity.” Indeed, the ministry of Jesus Christ was
not to tinker with a corrupted status quo but, by radical love, to fundamentally reorient and heal our relationship with God and neighbor, in body, mind and spirit. Christian healing is always focused in these relationships, and it is not a fix but a transforma- tion: from falsehood to truth, from despair to hope, from fear to trust, from sickness to health. You are called and invited to join, on June 20, at 7:00 p.m., in our sanctuary, for a service of healing, praying for ourselves and others, praying to be transformed. (see Romans 12:1 ff)
If your impression of Christian healing services comes from flipping through the chan- nels on cable television, please try to let that go! I don’t expect us to be shouting, or fainting, or carrying on; but we will, through scripture, music and reflection, attend to God’s Holy Spirit, opening ourselves to transformation, seeking healing for ourselves, our families and communities, and our world.
June 20 will be the first of what are planned as quarterly services of healing occurring on or near the solstices and equinoxes. After June 20, the next healing services are scheduled for September 19 and December 19.
Rev. David Pattee, senior pastor