Monday, June 2, 2008

A Symbol of Connectedness

One arm of the Women's Prayer Group at Gordon is its prayer shawl ministry. Jan Carlberg, Paula Cerulli, Gaynelle Weiss and Donna Loy have all been involved in knitting shawls and distributing them to Gordon-community members faced with life-threatening illnesses.
Kaye Cook, professor of psychology, writes: "Prayer shawl ministries are literally ministries of warmth (from the shawls), community, and prayer. Individuals covenant to knit a shawl while praying continuously. They may pray individually or in groups. The prayer shawls of which I am aware have been knitted in community, prayed over, blessed by the church, and committed to service. They are given to an individual who is particularly in need of prayer and loving care. The knitters are usually women, but not always, and the shawls are usually given to women. It’s a wonderful symbol of connectedness in the Kingdom."

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