Parson’s Corner

October 2021

Healing

Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness.  When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them.

                                                                                                                                    Matthew 9:35-36

            The feast of St. Luke, the physician and Gospel writer, falls in the middle of October.  Throughout the world hospitals and nursing homes are named in Luke’s honor.  In many churches, the day is marked with special services of prayers and anointing for healing.  St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will mark the observance on Sunday, October 17th (the eve of St. Luke Day) at its services of Holy Communion.

            The community is invited to attend, offering themselves or lifting up prayers for loved ones who may need the comfort of Christ’s healing message.  St. Paul’s is located on the corner of Charles and Pearl Streets (on the Village Green) in Wellsboro.  For more information, please call the parish office at (570) 724-4771.

Almighty God, who inspired your servant Luke the physician to set forth in the Gospel the love and healing power of your Son: Graciously continue in your Church this love and power to heal, to the praise and glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

                                                                                                                    The Book of Common Prayer

Prayer of Comfort (source unknown)

Do not look forward in fear to what might happen tomorrow.  The same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day.  Either He will shield you from suffering or hHe will give you unfailing strength to bear it.  Be at peace then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations;  through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.