Our Wednesday Eucharist Service is a traditional service format, held each week at 10:00 am. This is a smaller congregation, with a slightly shorter service and no music. People from all backgrounds are welcome and made comfortable.
After the service, people greet the Rev'd Marian Free and often raise Christian questions or topics, after which a meditation time is sometimes offered, held in the ambiance of the Columbarium.
The Healing Ministry is provided during the Wednesday service on the 3rd of each month.
Jesus and the disciples were known for their healing ministry. We continue this ministry in the church through the laying on of hands and the use of holy oil. Refer to James 5:13-15
During the healing service Marian will offering anointing with holy oil and will say the words, ‘I anoint you in the name of God who created you, Jesus who redeemed you and the Holy Spirit who enlivens you. In the name of God I ask for healing.’
Who comes to the Healing Service?
The answer is… anyone. People come along for reasons that are obvious or not obvious. Some of us are in great physical, emotional, relational or spiritual pain. Others are looking for answers. Some aren’t even quite sure why they come. The Healing Service is a caring and safe place, where together we raise our love and prayers to the Lord for one another.
‘Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.’
Prayer for healing may be for physical, spiritual, emotional or to do with relationships.
It is not a time for counselling or confession, but a time of handing over the situation to God.
If you would like prayer, remain at the altar after the Eucharist, or approach the altar rail if you have remained seated.
The Rev'd Marian Free will pray for you with the laying on of hands and anoint you with oil that has been blessed by the Archbishop of Brisbane. If you wish to make other arrangements such as prayer for blessing, or prayer for another, you are welcome to let Marian know.
During prayer for others, you may wish to silently offer supporting prayer. For example:
Lord, look down from heaven, behold, visit and relieve your servants, and those known to them for whom we offer prayer. Look upon these people with eyes of mercy, give them comfort and sure confidence in you, defending them from danger. Keep them in perpetual peace and safety. Extend your grace, goodness and mighty healing for those known to us who are suffering. Amen.
Father of mercies and God of all comfort, our only help in time of need, we come to you for help for these people who lie under your sovereign hand in great weakness and distress of body. Look graciously upon each and heal them. Amen.
If you would like prayer for yourself or someone you know, you are welcome to contact us via the Pray For Me button on our Contact web page. These requests are kept confidential. Prayer may be general or specific.
Ask, “what is your point of need” for yourself or the other person and let us know. For instance: physical sickness, cancer, financial distress, relationship issue, care for loved ones, loss, clarity from doctors, struggle with addiction, upcoming surgery, recovery from surgery, confidence for work, living arrangements, compassion with court case, mobility, marriage planning, miracle for conception, release from confusion or deceptive circumstances, strengthening of faith, training, recovery from trauma, depression, or anxiety, family protection, and so forth.
It is good to thank God for His plans regarding these matters, regardless of how difficult, once we give our petition for prayer in sincere faith:
Heavenly Father, we praise you along with the heavenly angels and hosts in heaven who magnify your name. We thank you for receiving our prayers for help and healing, and give you praise.
We commend to your mercy all who are awake tonight – doctors and nurses tending the sick, Police, ambulance and fire services guarding us, those who toss and turn in pain, anxiousness and restlessness, and those who only watch and wait. Let them know and welcome your sustaining love, and use them in your great design for all of our good. Amen.
O most merciful God, who according to the multitude of thy mercies, does put away the sins of those who repent, and remembers them no more, open your eye of mercy upon your servant ___. Look graciously upon ___ O Lord. We beseech you to have mercy upon this your servant and to grant patience and recovery of their health and to live a godly life.
We pray all of this knowing that you are the God who is eager to save, and grant our requests. We ask them in the name of Jesus Christ, our Saviour and King.
There are those, Lord, who enter this day with anxiety, fear, doubt or despair; those whose hearts are full of bitterness and resentment; those to whom this day brings only a renewal of unhappiness. Open their eyes to see Thee and know Thee. Open their hearts to believe that Thou art greater than their hearts, and Master of all their troubles, and help them thus to enter into peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
As Jesus taught us, we are confident to say: (THE LORD’S PRAYER)
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread, and forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time or trial and deliver us from evil.
For the Kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.
May the peace of God which passes all understanding keep our hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. The blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be with us and remain with us always. Amen
If you would like to learn more about healing, please see our Resources web page for information.
If you are visiting Sydney, please visit the St. Andrew’s Anglican Cathedral Healing Ministry Service, held each Wednesday at 6pm. This service has been held since 1961.