Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 51 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Healing Ministry at St. John's - Rector's Column in The Eagle (Summer 2014)

One way that God is mightily at work at St. John’s is through the Healing Ministry.
St. John’s has been blessed with members of the Order of St. Luke, the healing ministry of the Episcopal Church. 
Lead by Gerry and Sandy Dreslinski, they are most visible on the third Sunday of the month, when they offer prayers for healing at the baptismal font after Holy Communion.  I know that I am deeply moved when I am bringing Communion down to those in the pew who are unable to ascend to the altar rail, and I see a large group of people praying for each other.  God the Holy Ghost is wonderfully active through this ministry!
Many praise reports are being shared of miraculous healing, the assurance of God’s presence in suffering, and the deepening of faith through this ministry.
But God is not just active in healing on the third Sunday!  The clergy, the Dreslinskis, and other members of the Order of St. Luke are available before and after all services to pray with you.  On Wednesdays we have a Healing Communion Service at 12:15.  Additionally, the Daughters of the King of the parish have a very active prayer ministry, and are willing to add your family and friends to  their prayer intentions.
Beginning in July we will be having a short testimony during announcements on the third Sunday by those whose lives have been touched by the healing ministry of the Church.  It is a wonderful chance for us to rejoice in what God is doing, and show our gratitude to Him.
I wish I could promise you that every prayer for healing will be answered just as we desire.  But God is faithful in answering in ways that we may not expect, and perhaps in ways that are not the result we want.  He has a plan.  But we go to Him with the same faithfulness that says “We know God that you can do it”, while also saying, “Thy will, not mine, be done”.