St. Peter’s healing services are held approximately every quarter. They are special services held in the late afternoon and are grounded in James 5 verses 13-16.
The Prayer of Faith
” Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
The root of the word healing in New Testament Greek, sozo, is the same as that of salvation and wholeness. The Church’s healing ministry in no way substitutes for either medicine or the proper care of one’s health. Rather, it adds to our total resources for wholeness. No one can predict what will happen in a given circumstance, but many marvelous healings have taken place.
This service has a quiet presence, as hymns are sung and prayers said by the congregation as a whole. Following this, there is a short talk by a parishioner about their healing journey or some aspect of God's healing work. Towards the end of the service, people are invited for individual prayer, with two or three people praying for their concerns, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Anointing oil that has been blessed by the bishop is then offered. The service closes with a hymn and a blessing.
Prayers for healing are available on Sunday at the time of Communion and on the Feast of St. Luke, the patron saint of healers.