Ordinary & Extraordinary!

The Gospel of Luke tells us, “Jesus sent his followers out to preach the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.” (Luke 9:2) An impressive and possibly daunting mission! Followers today too are sent out to preach the Gospel, yet often they do not feel equipped to respond to the second part of Jesus’ directive – “heal the sick.”

During Epiphanytide, we will explore what it means to engage with our Lord in his mission of healing and wholeness. We will discover what it means to bring ourselves (and others) into the loving and compassionate presence of God for his care and healing.

The goal of this prayer series is to help us, as a community, live into one of our mission values, that of Sharing Christ’s Healing with a Broken World. Whether or not this finds expression, for example, in official “prayer ministry,” in personal or corporate intercession, or simply in coming alongside another to pray and to care, these sessions aim to provide theological and practical foundations for the vital ministry of healing. Together we will focus on three different yet interwoven aspects of prayer: Emotional Healing, Physical Healing and Spiritual Healing.

This series will be team-taught by The Rev. Canons Jonathan & Andrea Millard and The Rt. Rev. Grant and Dr. Wendy LaMarquand. Each gathering will feature interactive talks, journal reflections, and large and small group discussions.

The gatherings are open to all, so come to one or come to all three. In keeping with the Epiphanytide ethos, come prepared to experience the ordinary side-by-side with the extraordinary, which are hallmarks of Jesus’ healing ministry.

When & Where: Following the 11am worship service (~12:30-2:00pm) in the New Catacombs. A light lunch will be served. Donations appreciated. Dates and topics are as follows:

Sunday, January 27: Emotional Healing

Sunday, February 17: Physical Healing

Sunday, March 17: Spiritual Healing

During Lent, we will follow up this series by offering several additional Workshops on Prayer. For more information on the Prayer Series or what’s coming up in Lent, email marilyn.chislaghi@ascensionpittsburgh.org.