“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28
We offer several types of Prayer Ministry at Grace.
The ministry of religious healing is not a substitute for medical treatment, rather, prayer and medical science work hand-in-hand in the healing process to help us be fully alive and well on our daily path.
Intercessory Prayer is prayer for others and ourselves. Our Intercessory Prayer group meets weekly to pray for those on our parish prayer list and for others that we know to be in need of prayer. The Prayers of the People Team helps to write the prayers based on the rubrics provided by the Book of Common Prayer that we use at our worship services. Please contact Deacon Liz if you would like to be on the Prayers of the People Team. Please contact the Church office or a member of the clergy to be added to our Prayer list.
Healing Prayer is praying for those who are sick or in need of healing by bringing them into the healing presence of Christ. Healing may be sought for disease and injury, physical or emotional pain, memories or loss, generational issues, depression, anger, despair or any other physical, emotional or spiritual problem.
Healing prayer is offered in several ways:
At the Altar: Healing prayer is offered in the small chapel to the right of the main altar following Communion at the 10:00 a.m. service every Sunday. At Communion, whether you receive the sacrament or not, you are invited to receive the Laying on of Hands. You may come for yourself; for any physical, mental or emotional need, or you may come seeking healing for someone else; a family member or a friend. If walking up for healing poses a physical difficulty, we will come to you. Just ask an usher or someone seated near you to let us know. Lay Healing Ministers (LHM) are commissioned by the Rector and participate in the ministry prayer through laying on of hands. If you would like to be a part of this very important ministry at Grace, and you are interested in becoming a Lay Healing Minister, please contact the Rev. Martin Elfert or the Rev. Corbet Clark to explore a call to this ministry.
Healing prayer may be requested for a home visit or in the hospital for those in need. Please contact the Church Office to request a visit.
If you would like to receive healing prayers for yourself or another, please let a member of the clergy, the Healing & Wellness Team or the Church Office know.
Prayer Shawl Ministry & St. Mary’s Guild
Working with the support of the Episcopal Church Women of Grace, the Guild of St. Mary gathers most Saturdays each month to sew, quilt, crochet and knit projects for outreach. The group also gathers to work on individual projects or to learn new skills. Anyone interested in learning how to make a quilt is most welcome to come and visit or attend one of our learning workshops.
There are several components to the Guild that make it integral to the life of our parish and an example of the many different and creative ways we do ministry and outreach at Grace.
We make quilts and blankets to give to those who need them. Since 2003, we have been making quilts and blankets to give to Bradley Angle House, a program that provides shelter and related services for women and children escaping domestic violence. Come join us in this wonderful ministry of healing, hope and prayer.
Twelve-Step Programs at Grace
We have several Twelve-Step programs that meet regularly at Grace throughout the week. Please check the Grace in Action page for links to these meeting groups listing under Our Building Partners & Friends. Please check the Grace Calendar for their meeting dates, times, and locations on the Grace campus.
Helpful Resources: 988, 911 & 211
Dial 988 for any mental health crisis. The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for people experiencing a behavioral health crisis. Call, text or chat online at 988lifeline.org.
Dial 911 for any emergency. If you see someone in the act of harming themselves or who could harm others, call 911 immediately.
Dial 211 for free, confidential information about health, community and social services near you. Calls answered in over 150 languages. 211 is everyone’s front door to information on more than 7,000 nonprofit, government and faith-based health and social services programs in Oregon and Southwest Washington.
“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” – Psalm 23:4