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On 8th March Rev’d Julia Denny-Dimitriou and Reader Ann Bailey led a ‘Healing Service’ at St. Stephen’s church at Tala.
At the beginning of the service the congregation was reminded that ‘healing’ is not physical but addresses all suffering and lack of wholeness: physical, mental, spiritual or emotional.
The service included space for individual as well as corporate prayer including reading the names of people who had requested prayer for themselves or someone else. Our bible readings and hymns all reflected God’s love and his healing power and the service included music from the Iona and Taizé communities as well as time for personal reflection. The congregation was also offered the opportunity to be anointed on their foreheads and/or hands as a symbol of God’s invisible grace in healing. As a symbol of handing over our worries to our Heavenly Father, congregants were also able to place pebbles into a bowl of water laid at the foot of the Lenten Cross which had been draped with a purple cloth and a crown of thorns.
Our final hymn, ‘Great is thy faithfulness’, reminded us of God’s constant and unfailing love for each one of us.
Reader Ann Bailey