February, 2014 Page 1

FROM YOUR PRIEST

We are now in the middle of the third season of the church year called “Epiphany,” which comes from the Greek word meaning “manifestation.”  The light manifests itself in the darkness, God reveals himself in Jesus, and the glory of God is seen in Jesus.  The season after Epiphany is a time when the Church examines its life and witness, rededicating ourselves to our missionary tasks and spreading the light of Christ’s healing, forgiving and redeeming love.  Our parish has been a powerful witness to this through the support and prayers that you have extended to Gordon and me during his recent hospitalization and recovery from colon cancer.

We both want to thank all of you who have showered your love and support upon us through your telephone calls, e-mails, text messages, cards, and visits.  We also greatly appreciated those of you who brought us nourishing food.  Most of all, we were overwhelmed by the power of your prayers which helped calm us throughout this difficult and stressful time.  Gordon and I both felt so surrounded by prayers that we sensed, at some deep level, without even being able to articulate it very well, that whatever happened, it was somehow going to be okay.  Your prayers continue to sustain us, and we feel so blessed to apart of such a loving and caring community.

Healing is a gift of God, and it comes as a part of the renewal of the whole person that occurs through the power and in the presence of God.  Prayers for healing were an important part of Jesus’ ministry. Jesus also sent his disciples out to heal, and their own ministry of praying for healing continued after Jesus’ resurrection.  As such, healing prayers have always been a part of our Christian tradition.  In James 5:13-14, scripture counsels us, saying “"Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord.”  Therefore, we are to come together in faith asking for ourselves and others to pray for what we need from God. Sometimes people will feel something when prayers for healing are said for them. Other times, people may not be aware of the prayers for healing. Whether we feel anything or not, God is   always present, and we trust God to heal us as is best for us.

We all have the power that God has chosen to give us…the power of prayer.  With prayer, we can help one another to receive God’s gift of his healing love.  Prayer is an incredible gift.  It changes things, and it changes us. Your prayers for Gordon and I have strengthened us and brought us through some difficult days.  And, for that we give our thanks and love to you all, and thanks be to God that God’s will be done.

In Christ's love,
Cindy+