Evening Prayer Service
November 8, 2023 @ 6:30 pm
An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, repeating indefinitely
Evening Prayer at Palms is patterned after a service of the Iona Community. They describe the service as follows: This service of prayers for healing, which takes place on Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m., reflects our belief that God’s purpose for us all is a life of wholeness, as expressed in the life and teaching of Jesus. The ministry of healing and wholeness in an integral part of our Christian witness.
We each stand in need of healing, but in this ministry we recognize also the social dimension. The healing of divided communities and nations, and the healing of the earth itself, have their place alongside the healing of broken bodies, hurt minds and wounded hearts, and of the hurts and divisions within ourselves. So too our prayers are complementary to the work of medicine and other forms of healing, which are also channels of God’s loving and transforming purpose.
In our service we name particular people, places and situations for which prayers have been specifically asked. We do this because each person and situation is known to God, not as a problem to be solved, but as a focus for God’s acceptance and love. We are not seeking to change God but to change the world; and we trust God that our prayers will be answered, although we do not know when or how healing will happen.
There is an opportunity for those who wish to be anointed for healing to come forward and have oil placed on their head in the sign of a cross. Whether we choose to come forward or to remain seated in prayer and concern, God can use our presence in this service.