Prayer shawls are created by knitting, crocheting, sewing, quilting, weaving, etc. in response to answering the need for comforting others. We invite St. Michael’s members to share their love of knitting, or join the group and learn from others. Together, we can combine into a prayerful ministry which reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace, as well as in celebration and joy. Many blessings are prayed into every shawl. Upon completion, a final blessing is offered before the shawl is sent on its way. Some recipients have continued the kindness by making a shawl and passing it onto someone in need. Thus, the blessing ripples outward, with both giver and receiver feeling the unconditional embrace of a loving God.
Please consider joining the Revitalization members in our first prayer shawl gathering on Sunday, January 22, 2011, in the parish library immediately following the Fellowship Hour, approximately 11:30am. Bring your extra yarn, fabric, needles, etc. A warm lunch will be provided. Children and neophyte knitters are encouraged to participate as well.
“Shawls . . .made for centuries universal and embracing,
Symbolic of an inclusive, unconditionally loving, God.
They wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, give solace,
mother, hug, shelter and beautify.
Those who have received these shawls have been
uplifted and affirmed, as if given wings to
fly above their troubles. . .”
~Written in 1998 by Janet Bristow © 2011