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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Caronavirus Worship Service Guidelines
Effective Sunday, May 23, 2021 Bishop Haynes, with the advice of the Health Advisory Panel, has loosened the restrictions placed on church activities over a year ago at the beginning of the COVID pandemic. She has released a detailed statement, which may be found on the Diocesan website, if you have not received an electronic copy yet.
Monitoring and oversight of the situation will now be at the parish and faith community level. While our original regathering plan no longer has to be followed, we are encouraged to use restrictions from them as necessary to ensure safe gatherings.
Beginning this Sunday physical distancing and mask wearing is no longer mandated for fully vaccinated persons (i.e. those persons who are two weeks past the last shot of the particular series they received). We will continue to encourage masks however until we get a feel for how much risk persons are willing to take at this time in the pandemic since some are not yet vaccinated.
Congregational singing will resume this Sunday. There will be no restriction on the use of Prayer Books or Hymnals. We will still encourage passing the peace from a safe distance. We may now plan on how to have coffee hour and I have asked our Fellowship Goal Champion to begin thinking of safe ways to do so. We expect Adult Christian Formation to resume in September.
Pennies from Heaven
Each Sunday throughout the year we make small coin and cash contributions to be used to support various local charities.
Total contributions for 2020 were $1,850.00, one of the highest totals on record. The Vestry allocated the funds to our local charities as follows: H&H Pharmacy $500, Lighthouse Ministries $200, ES Coalition Against Domestic Violence $100, Center For Independent Living $100, Habitat For Humanity $100, ES YMCA $150, Interfaith Crisis Council $500, The Salvation Army $200.
The 2021 total contributions through Nov 21, $1,434.
— 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 —
Messages from Bishop Susan Haynes