This coming Sunday (January 13), we will be affirming and commissioning our 2019 Church Council and officers, as well as offering a time of anointing and prayer for all who seek it.
From this coming Sunday’s bulletin:
In today’s service, we will commission our church Council and Officers for leadership in this new year, and we’ll also have a time for anointing and prayer. Liturgically, the third Sunday after Christmas (today) marks the observation of remembering Jesus’s own baptism in the Jordan River, the revelation of Jesus as Messiah, and the coming of the Holy Spirit upon him.
I first experienced the practice of anointing at Zion’s UCC in downtown Allentown in my early 30s. It’s not a spiritual practice I’d grown up with, but it’s become very important to my own way of thinking about how we’re called to share in one another’s burdens and how we’re meant to create opportunities for expressing our mutual need for God’s healing work in our lives.
Anointing the hand or forehead in the sign of the cross and praying one on one is not a magical formula or cure-all, but it is a solemn, special act of being honest about our deepest needs, sealing our part in the promise of letting go of the parts we can’t control, and giving that work back to the love and care of God together. Please join us this Sunday at Lowhill!