Rev. Cliff WarnerCliffNotes, Frontpage News

Dear Christ Church,

Join us for a Healing Service this Sunday at 5pm.

We are all broken in body, heart, mind, soul, and/or relationships. The pain, sorrow, and hurts we carry can be so sharp and sometimes debilitating.  If you’ve been tracking with my wife’s accident and the trauma my own family has been through this year, you understand that healing is something very relevant and personal for us right now. You have your own story too, wounds of body or heart/soul that need God’s healing touch.

Did you know that one of the very first self-descriptions God gave to Israel was to say, “I am the Lord, your healer” (Ex. 15:26)? Have you noticed that one quarter of the gospels is about healing? What about the fact that when Jesus sent out the seventy-two disciples, and the twelve, he commissioned them specifically to heal? The healing ministry of Jesus continues throughout Acts, the early church, and even today.

Does God always heal in the way and in the timing we wish? Not always on this side of his return. Does he sometimes heal? Yes, and at times wondrously. His desire for us to ask is very clear: “in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Phil. 4:6).  It can feel risky to ask, but we can trust that our God and his responses are always wise, powerful, and good.

Join us this Sunday not only for the Healing Service at 5pm, but also for some preparatory teaching during morning worship, where I’ll continue our sermon series on Healing with “The Healing of Persons.”

Peace, Cliff+

P.S.  In our series, we began last week with Healing of Relationships with a focus on forgiveness, which we often desire but feel stuck. And sometimes forgiveness doesn’t always mean reconciliation although we fight for it. Forgiveness prayer is also what we can bring to the Healing Service.