A Lesson for June 1st

Child's First Prayer
Childs First Prayer (From Library of Congress collection)

James 5:14Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord.

While I was in Seminary several things I had enjoyed doing the previous years while serving a congregation as an ordained Elder were no longer available to me: serving communion, assisting with baptism, and participating in Session meetings.

Visiting the sick, praying with the lonely, and assisting the needy became an outlet for my desire to participate in the work of the church. And what I discovered was that the people I ministered with (not “to”) validated my ministry and deepened my faith. But the greatest surprise was learning that visiting, praying, and assisting, did not require a degree from Seminary, did not require ordination as a Minister of Word and Sacrament, not even as an Elder or Deacon. What I learned was that my baptism was enough. For with the Holy Spirit, all things are possible.

With whom might you share the gift of prayer?

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