The ministry of Jesus had three main emphases: preaching the Kingdom of God, teaching, and healing. Jesus commissioned his disciples to continue his ministry of healing. We also affirm and are committed to the ministry of the priest-hood of all believers, and recognize that through our baptism we are all ministers, mutual partners in Christ’s mission to the world.
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Pennies from Heaven
Each Sunday throughout the year we make small coin and cash contributions to be used to support various local charities. For 2018, we distributed $1,500 to the following local charities: H & H Pharmacy, Center for Independent Living, Lighthouse Ministries, Accomack Interfaith Crisis Council, Habitat for Humanity, Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Worcester County YMCA.
Total 2019 contributions: $1,350.
— THE MINISTRY OF HEALING AT EMMANUEL —
The ministry of Jesus had three main emphases: preaching the Kingdom of God, teaching, and healing. Jesus commissioned his disciples to continue his ministry of healing. We also affirm and are committed to the ministry of the priest-hood of all believers, and recognize that through our baptism we are all ministers, mutual partners in Christ’s mission to the world. It is in this tradition that we offer a Ministry of Healing here at Emmanuel, Jenkins Bridge.
The healing ministry is a part of our approach to worship and pastoral care and is a vital component of the strong and committed lay ministries that have been part of Emmanuel’s long and proud history. With every Sunday celebration of the Holy Eucharist we offer the opportunity for prayers and the laying on of hands in a Rite of Healing. The physical touch through the laying on of hands is a rich tradition in the Christian faith and transmits the power of the Holy Spirit to those who seek God’s grace in bringing healing and wholeness to their lives. The rite is administered by Lay Healers who are devout members of the parish especially commissioned for this ministry. These “healers” serve as a channel for God’s healing grace, and will pray with you and offer the laying on of hands.
You are welcome to receive a prayer and the laying on of hands in the name of Christ, for whatever reason. Perhaps you may have been ill and desire physical healing or you are facing an operation; you may feel anxious or depressed and come for healing of your mental distress; you may wish to offer Intercessions for someone else for whom you would like to pray; you may wish to come forward for spiritual deepening, of offering yourself to be more available to God; you may wish to come for a blessing or to offer thanksgiving for an occasion of joy in your life; or you may come simply to receive the touch of Christ through a Lay Healer. “Come unto me who, all you that are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Mt. 11:8).
PARTICIPATING IN THE RITE OF HEALING
If you wish to participate in the Rite of Healing, as you come forward to receive the Holy Communion, take a purple ribBon from the bowl in the Font close to the organ. Place the ribbon around your wrist and proceed to the Altar Rail. Following your receiving the bread (Christ’s body) and wine (Christ’s blood) from the Priest, a Lay Healer will stand before you and lay his/her hands upon you. Share quietly with the Lay Healer anything special needs to be prayed for. Feel free to say “no” when the Lay Healer asks if you have a special prayer. The Lay Healer will then offer a prayer asking God’s healing and blessing for you. (What you offer in prayer will remain absolutely confidential. The lay healer serves as a channel of God’s healing grace and what you pray for is turned over to God and God only.)
— COMMUNICATIONS —
A Message from Bishop-Elect Susan Haynes
The First Sunday of Advent marks a transition
The first Sunday of Advent marks a transition – the ending of one church liturgical year and the beginning of another. Transitions can often be chaotic, full of twists and turns and bumps in the road. The Gospel themes in Advent speak of God coming unexpectedly, like a thief in the night and of the need to keep awake and alert. A strange man wearing even stranger clothing and eating strange food exhorts those who listen to repent and to make the way of the LORD straight. He screams angrily at others, calling them snakes and reminding them that he serves a LORD who can raise up children from the very stones. He presents menacingly with a winnowing fork and raging fire that quenches everything it encounters. And finally, we meet a betrothed man who is compelled to heed a dream’s bidding to marry a pregnant virgin and become an earthly father to the Son of God.
It all sounds chaotic, doesn’t it? Sometimes transitions bring nothing but upheaval. But order does emerge from the chaos: in the end, the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised and the poor have good news brought to them. From the energy stirred up by the chaos of transition, God brings healing and re-creation.
During the world’s transition into the a state of expectation of the Messiah, John the Baptist exhorted those who listened to prepare the way of the LORD and to make His way straight. How can we make a straight pathway for the LORD? In those exciting moments following my election as your 11th bishop, I addressed the electing convention via Zoom and asked you to be about the disciplines of prayer and Scripture study. Spiritual disciplines prepare us – AND they prepare the way of the LORD. This year during Advent, I invite you to renew your effort and commitment to a spiritual discipline. Here are a few suggestions:
- Get up five minutes earlier each morning and enjoy some quiet time with God.
- Find a book of Advent meditations and read one each day.
- Read the Gospel of Luke (it has 24 chapters and if you start December 1 and read a chapter a day, by Christmas Eve you will have read the entire Gospel!)
- Find a basket and each day, put an item of food in it and donate it on Christmas Eve to a food pantry.
- Make a gratitude list and each day add something to it. On this day, I give thanks for the Diocese of Southern Virginia and for Bishops Hollerith and Magness who have guided it.
My husband Tom and I are so very excited to be joining you in Southern Virginia! While we do not yet have a moving date, we are in the process of purchasing a home in Williamsburg and putting our house on the market here in South Bend. I hope to be in the Diocesan office by January 1 and look forward to my consecration in February with great anticipation and excitement. May your Advent be holy and blessed; full of chaos from which God will bring great healing and restorative energy!
Blessings and Peace in Christ,
ADVENT MESSAGE FROM BISHOP JAY MAGNESS
Dec. 1, 2019 – Advent: Transitioning into the dark time of the year
By another name, transition is change. The longer I live the more I recognize, and at times even accept, that living a balanced life is largely contingent upon how successfully I handle the transitions in my lives. Ready or not, new events and occurrences happen in our lives and invite us to change. Transitions and changes occur when we move to a job or change positions; when we move to a new school or start a new grade; when children are born into our families and then grow up; when new friends appear and old friends leave; and when our Christian faith community leaders prepare to depart as new leaders prepare to arrive.
As some of you know I had a Navy career that spanned about 30 years of active service. I just calculated that during that time I had 18 permanent changes of duty. I wasn’t always ready, nor did I want all of those changes of duty. Not too strangely, my readiness didn’t always seem to matter to the people who detailed me for those moves. The moves happened, transitions occurred, and I was challenged to change with them.
The Diocese of Southern Virginia is a large and complex organization. As a faith community the first Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of a new Christian year. Gradually throughout the season of autumn, the bright light of summer has been diminishing. Shortly the darkness of significantly shortened days will limit the amount of natural light we can experience in any 24 hour day. I always find that the shortened hours of daylight can function as an Advent reminder of the need to be reflective of the first coming of Jesus the Christ into our midst at the feast of the Incarnation on the 25th of December.
Though Advent may be in the foreground of our life as Christian people, this year a background event has the potential to overwhelm our contemplation of the coming of Christ. The background event is the coming departure of one bishop and episcopal leader, and the arrival of another on the first day of February. Though the departure and diminishment of one bishop and the arrival and commencement of another episcopal leader is significant, it’s probably best to resist allowing the leadership change to eclipse the Advent season movement of God in our lives.
In our congregations on the First Sunday of Advent we will read from the Old Testament prophet Isaiah. We will hear what Isaiah said to his readers about a significant change and transition that was about to occur. That change would amount to a time when all of God’s people, Jews and non-Jews, would come together and, giving up their inherent conflict with one another, travel to a mountain where God would teach them a new way of being human: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths (Isaiah 2.3b, NRSV).” In Isaiah’s day nothing could have been more radical. We read this scripture to be reminded that Advent is a season of potential radical change and transition.
Even more radical is Isaiah’s proclamation that this teaching would result in a time when “…they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more (Isaiah 2:4b, NRSV).”
If taken at face value for us today in our context within the United States, I cannot imagine anything that would call for a more radical and monumental change and transition. Just think about it. No longer would we separate ourselves from one another as adherents of one or another political party. No longer would we seek ways to demonize one another because we share differing perspectives about the norms for our social and cultural context. No longer would we allow ourselves to believe that our religious traditions are superior to those of another person. No longer would we say to someone who was born into a family in a different part of the world that because of their family and national origin they are not as good as us.
Advent is our time of transition and change. As we petition God, “O Come O Come Emmanuel” and look through the darkness of late autumn, I invite you to look within yourselves so that you may learn more of the ways of God in your lives as you ask God to shine his light through the darkness that you may find the path of God on which you are being called to walk.