Anointing and Healing Prayers in Worship

Beginning this Sunday, we will offer prayers of healing and anointing with oil during Communion. Those who would like to be anointed are invited to come before or after receiving communion to the ramps into the chancel to receive this rite.

As our UMC website states: *Scripture strongly affirms ministries of spiritual healing…The root of the word healing in New Testament Greek, sozo, is the same as that of salvation and wholeness. Spiritual healing is God’s work of offering persons balance, harmony, and wholeness of body, mind, spirit, and relationships through confession, forgiveness, and reconciliation…All healing is of God. The Church’s healing ministry in no way detracts from the gifts God gives through medicine and psychotherapy. It is no substitute for either medicine or the proper care of one’s health. Rather, it adds to our total resources for wholeness. Healing is not magic, but underlying it is the great mystery of God’s love. Those who minister spiritual healing are channels of God’s love…God does not promise that we shall be spared suffering but does promise to be with us in our suffering. Trusting that promise, we are enabled to recognize God’s sustaining presence in pain, sickness, injury, and estrangement…A Service of Healing is not necessarily a service of curing, but it provides an atmosphere in which healing can happen…Laying on of hands, anointing with oil, and the less formal gesture of holding someone’s hand all show the power of touch, which plays a central role in the healings recorded in the New Testament. Jesus often touched others—blessing children, washing feet, healing injuries or disease, and raising people from death. Biblical precedent combines with our natural desire to reach out to persons in need in prompting us to touch gently and lovingly those who ask for healing prayers. Such an act is a tangible expression of the presence of the healing Christ, working in and through those who minister in his name.

Please feel free to contact Pastor Kathy or Pastor Chelsea if you would like to find out more about anointing in our faith tradition.


  1. It may be beneficial in multiple ways to church members, if those seeking healing prayers were offered an opportunity for meeting in private in a closed room perhaps with an attendant witness, by appointment, with healing prayer givers and their attendant, and a comfortable couch and chairs.

    There are an infinite number of ways to deliver healing prayers. Healing prayer givers themselves may need the privacy as an assurance to the maintenance of their own humilities and also to protect from negative energies of onlookers who simply equate in their forgivable ignorance, healing with black magic.

  2. The volunteer healing prayer teams could be groups of two or three persons minimum. The volunteer team would serve two methods. They would serve as (1) TRADITIONAL-remote healing prayer givers where healing prayers are offered to persons not present in the private prayer room. (2) They could serve as PRIMARY In-Room energy healing givers for the ailing seeker who is actually present. These services are kept confidential to the needs of the seekers. Each session could run from 20 minutes to 90 minutes.

    The church would of course continue to offer regular ministerial guided healing prayers during regular church services as they do now. Church goers could use all three services if they chose.

    When appropriate the energy healing givers could also go as a group to the ailing seeker’s residence to provide energy healing prayers.

  3. It could be said of course what is intended and being offered by Asbury is “spiritual healing” through ministerial communion during sacred Holy Communion. What is nonetheless being proposed above would be provided in the spirit of Christ’s ministry with the church’s blessing.

  4. At the very minimum, I believe both the volunteers and the seekers form lasting, compassionate, respectful relationships.

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