The following is the text from my bulletin insert. I am designing a series of weekly inserts to help me better explain the Wesleyan Way of Discipleship. You can download a pdf of this insert at the end of blog.
This week, you are encouraged to ask a church member the following:
Has anyone, other than the pastor, ever visited you in the hospital? What did that feel like to you?
As a pastor, I am given the opportunity to share in people’s lives at some of the most difficult of times for them. One such moment is when someone is sick at home or sick and in the hospital.
This ministry is a rewarding type of ministry and it is one that can be shared by both the clergy and the laity. There is something almost sacred about getting to share a prayer or a passage of scripture with someone that is sick. Your words, infused with the power of the Holy Spirit, can indeed lift up spirits and make things easier for the person that is sick.
I would like to suggest that there are a number of ways in which the church, and its members, can be in ministry to and with those that are sick and/or in the hospital.
Perhaps you could:
I also found the following suggestions on the US Council of Catholic Bishops web site:
I am just a simple United Methodist pastor. I am an elder in the Holston Annual Conference. This blog is my attempt to share the insights that I have gathered from John Wesley's writings and from others more knowledgable than myself in regards to Wesley. I am not a scholar. Perhaps you could best think of me as a practical theologian.