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Daughters of the King are women and girls between the ages of seven and one hundred and seven who desire a closer walk with the Lord.
We are Christian women, both lay and ordained, who are strengthened through the discipline of a Rule of Life, and supported through the companionship of our sisters. We are all at different stages of our Christian journey – some have just begun and some have been on this path for a long time. But no matter where we are on our sacred journeys, our primary goal is the same – to know Jesus Christ and to make Him known to others. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, our vision as Daughters of the King is to know Jesus Christ, to make Him known to others, and to become reflections of God’s love throughout the world.
A Christian order is a community of men or women living under a religious rule. Because Daughters of the King accept a Rule of Life, we define ourselves as an order, not an organization. Our community is found primarily in our local chapters, but it extends around the world. We don’t just enroll as members and attend meetings. After a three-month period of study and discernment, each new member takes vows to uphold the two Rules of the Order, the Rule of Prayer and the Rule of Service.
The Intercessory Prayer Group at Good Shepherd consists of all members of the local OSL chapter and others who have discerned a gift for intercessory prayer, have read Richard Foster's book on prayer: Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home, and have signed a Covenant of Confidentiality that binds complete confidentiality upon all OSL and Intercessory Prayer Group members. All prayer requests are entered online through our Prayer Request Form and sent via email or by phone to our intercessors. Intercessors are invited to participate in this ministry by the Rector. If you are interested in this ministry please contact Rev’d Sarah.
The healing ministry of Christ has a long history at the Church of the Good Shepherd, and it is a ministry that continues to manifest itself in our midst.
The Good Shepherd of Central Florida Chapter of the International Order of St Luke the Physician meets on a regular basis to train up new Associate Members to become Full Members. The Full Members also meet regularly to continue to nurture their ministry. Please call the church office for details of these meetings.
An invitation to receive the laying on of hands, anointing with holy oil, and prayers for the Lord's healing is extended at every worship service at the Church of the Good Shepherd. At the 10:30 am service there is an entire section of the church, the Healing Transept, that is set apart for those who are in need of the Lord's healing: body, mind, soul, or spirit. After having received Holy Communion at the altar rail those in need of healing may go and sit or kneel in any of the open pews in the Healing Transept where the OSL team will come to them to pray for them and anoint them with holy oil for Christ's healing.
While Americans do many things very well, dealing with death and the attendant grief and mourning are not necessarily among them. Although society has embraced many traditions revolving around death, many times our attempts can be empty or hurtful.
Walking the Mourners Path rejects the concept of “getting over” a death. Rather, it encourages participants to “get through” it.
The program follows four steps toward healing:
Accepting the reality of the death
Experiencing the pain of grief
Adjusting to an environment in which the deceased is missing
Finding a place in your heart to honor and remember your loved one
This is a Christ-based, spiritually directed group. Facilitators are not licensed psychological counselors, but are ordained clergy and lay ministers specifically trained to pastorally minster to the bereaved. In no sense do we offer psychological therapy, nor is it permitted.
The reality of grief is this…
Complete healing comes from God.
Walking the Mourner’s Path meets for 8 week sessions periodically throughout the year. If you or someone you know is interested in Walking the Mourner’s Path, please contact the clergy.