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Prayer Shawl Ministry

A prayer shawl is intended to be a reminder of God's ever-present love, which is as near to you as your own body is to your spirit. It is a gift for every time and every occasion, joyful or sorrowful; for every season and circumstance that is life-chosen or un-chosen, when you are weeping or when you are celebrating.

Wear it in times of private prayer. Let it rest on your shoulders as you work or play, read or rest. Wear it to worship. Wear it whenever you are drawn to prayer or when you have no interest in prayer but would like to be reminded of God's loving presence and care.

Invite the Holy Spirit to help you pray. A reading from Scripture may begin your prayer. Let your prayer of worship and your prayers for loved ones, for the world, and for yourself flow naturally in silence or out loud, in writing or singing or drawing.

Wear the shawl however you like. Drape it lightly across your shoulders. Wrap yourself tightly in it or wear it on your head. Cover yourself with it as you rest. Keep it on your favorite chair.

At times you may cling to a prayer shawl because you are clinging to God; you may not want to be far from it. At other times you will touch it only occasionally. You may want to keep it always; or someday you may feel prompted by God to pass it on to someone else.

May you grow in your awareness of God's blessing, resting upon you in all places and at all times, enabling you to be God's person in the world.

The prayer shawl ministry was interviewed for the August 2017 Heartbeat newsletter, you can read the article here.

This group of ladies meet on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month at the Parish Center to pray and knit these beautiful Prayer Shawls. To inquire more about this Ministry, please contact Cecilia Raischel at (309) 736-9529.

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