Prayer Shawl Ministry

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
Psalm 103:2-5 (ESV)

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January 6-February 17

Epiphany (ee-PIH-fuhny), meaning "manifestation" or "shining forth", is the celebration of God's incarnation in the child Jesus, and also that His gift of grace is extended to all, both Jew and Gentile. Epiphany contains several important festivals: First, the day of Epiphany celebrates the visit of the magi and their prophetic gifts declaring Jesus to be Messiah, priest, and king. Next, Jesus' baptism reminds us that Jesus came to fulfill all righteousness - and God the Father declares that Jesus is His Son. Finally, near the close of the Epiphany season comes the Transfiguration, commemorating the day when Christ, for just a brief moment, pulled back the curtain and let the disciples have just a glimpse of His Godly glory - and, once again, God the Father declares that Jesus is His Son. The two colors of Epiphany are White and Green - White for the glory and purity of Christ, and Green for spiritual growth which comes from hearing Christ's revelation as God. At the end of Epiphany, we come down from the mountaintop and begin the penitent walk toward Christ's passion and death in the season of Lent.

What's a Prayer Shawl?

A prayer shawl is simply a small knitted comforter which symbolizes the prayers of our congregation offered on your behalf.  A group from SonRise regularly meets to create the prayer shawls, which are then brought forward in a worship service and blessed by the pastor and congregation.  We lay hands on the shawls and pray that they might remind people of God's love and our compassion, and that in this way they might bring comfort and peace to hurting people.

Is the prayer shawl a holy garment?

No. There's nothing miraculous or holy about the shawl itself.  However, the prayers behind it are very real and powerful.  As the shawls are knitted, prayers are offered; and again when they are blessed by the pastor and congregation in worship.  The shawl serves as a physical reminder that the recipient is loved and cared for, not only by a group of people, but by God Himself.  Prayer shawls are not sacramental (providing special blessings and forgiveness of sins), but they do help to calm fears and give hope because of what they represent.

Who can receive a prayer shawl?

Anyone.  Prayer shawls are intended for those who are sick, who need comfort, who are struggling with a life difficulty, who have family troubles, who are lonely, who have received bad news, who are tired, who are doubting, or who would benefit from knowing that people are praying for them.  Prayer shawls are distributed to both Christians and non-Christians, men and women, adults and children.  We can usually even meet a color request.

How much are they?

There's never a charge for a prayer shawl. They are made and distributed as a ministry of SonRise Lutheran Church. Donations are not requested or expected.

I'd like one (or I'd like to give one to a friend).

Simply request one via our contact page.

I'd like to help knit.

Currently, the knitting group meets on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 at group members' homes. Contact Ingrid McClatchey at 518-494-7350 to find out where the group is meeting this week.