Hudson United Methodist Church
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Where Friends, Faith, and the Future Meet
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Prayer Shawl Ministry is a very special outreach of our church. It started at HUMC in September 2005. We had given away 429 prayer shawls and baby blankets. Our ministry has reached individuals and families within our church, our community and throughout our country and world. We also are busy knitting and crocheting scarves, slippers, chemo hats and headbands as part of this ministry.
Members of the group make shawls to be given to those who have a special need. When a person begins a prayer shawl, they say a prayer for the person who will receive the shawl and they continue to pray for the recipient throughout the making of the shawl. The pattern is very simple, 3 knit, 3 pearl. We all have heard the phrase, "things happen in threes." In the Christian faith tradition, the number three symbolized by the Trinity (Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer or Father, Son and Holy Spirit), has come to mean wholeness. Many phases of life happen in combination of three: child, adult, senior.
The following is an exerpt from the Prayer Shawl Ministry website that best explains the program."Whether they are called Prayer Shawls, Comfort Shawls, Peace Shawls, or Mantles, etc., the shawl maker begins with prayers and blessings for the recipient. The intentions are continued throughout the creation of the 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 from person-to-person, with both the giver and receiver feeling the unconditional embrace of a sheltering, mothering God!"
For more information, please see their website www.shawlministry.com
Here are a few pictures from the Prayer Shawl Ministry in 2013.
Prayer SquaresA prayer square is a small knitted square that is available in the Narthex hall area. They can be carried in your pocket, your purse or computer case, sit on your desk or held during a medical procedure. They are a small simple piece of cloth that can give a large amount of comfort.
This ministry is funded entirely by the people who are participating and by donations. If you would like to help sponsor a prayer shawl by donating money for a shawl, your name could be included in the card as a sponsor along with the name of the person who made the prayer shawl. The prayer shawls are made mostly with Lion Brand Homespun yarn and cost $12-$15 each depending on the price of the yarn. Our objective is to find the best price on our yarns.
Thank You God For My Prayer Shawl
Knee replacement surgery is getting to be pretty common nowadays, and though it can be a very painful surgery, one is usually doing well and pain free after three to six months. My plan was to have one knee replaced and in six weeks have the other one done but this was not to happen for me. Three days after my first surgery, I developed a severe allergic reaction to all narcotics and was told I would never be able to take them again. My pain management was attempted with six Tylenol tablets in each twenty-four hour day. Needless to say, I spent many hours walking the floor wrestling with pain, praying for relief night after night. That and other complications along the way were not only making me very weary but destroying my hope for healing and pain-free knees. Many times I asked God “why” and begged for His help.
About two weeks after my surgery fellow members of the Hudson United Methodist Church, Dale and Jeanne Schmidt, came to see me. After a short visit Jeanne handed me a package wrapped in tissue. When I opened it, out fell the Prayer Shawl you see me wearing above. Words can’t describe the overwhelming power of love I felt as I touched this beautiful shawl. Though we had moved to Hudson from Oklahoma only two years ago, I knew of the Prayer Shawl Ministry at the church my husband and I had joined shortly after our move. I had seen the shawls on the Church Altar and knew of the prayer services held to bless the shawls and recipient before they were given.
My shawl was knitted by Jean Schuknecht. Before beginning and while she spent hours of knitting the shawl, Jean prayed, “May the one who receives this shawl be cradled in hope, kept in joy, graced with peace, and wrapped in love.”. . . Well I was wrapped in love immediately when I held my shawl. Not only did I feel the love and support of my family and the members of my church but I felt an overwhelming peace that God was indeed walking beside me every step of the way.Joyce Johnson
Members of the Prayer Shawl Ministry get together for fellowship and to share patterns, etc.
Prayer shawls on altar prior to blessing.