I’ve already had a chance to talk with three of the women involved in this ministry about why they do it and what it means to folks who receive these prayer shawls as gifts of God’s love. I’m grateful to hear the stories that come with the shawls. After our Maundy Thursday worship, I was asked to bless one of the shawls. What an honor! And how fitting to be asked to do this on Maundy Thursday, with Jesus’ command to “love one another” still sounding in our hearts.
The Prayer Shawl ministry is dear to me also because my spouse, Jill James, used to give prayer shawls to people she worked with at Emanuel Hospital in Portland. Jill was a staff chaplain in the Spiritual Care Department there (she’s now happily retired). She worked with medically fragile babies and their families. She bestowed many prayer shawls to bereaved parents. Those shawls, she told me, meant a great deal to those parents. And all those prayer shawls were given by congregations like SOV. Indeed, some of those Jill gave may have come from this congregation.
Prayer shawls are truly a token of God’s love that keep on supporting folks who really need comfort for years after the gift is initially given. Thank you to all who take part in this ministry – and who support the ministry with gifts of money. It’s a beautiful way to help SOV share the steadfast love of God.
“The earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep.” Then God said let there be light and there was light and good. God called the light day and the darkness he called night and there was evening and there was morning, the first day. Genesis 1: 2-4
The first creation account seems to focus on God making sense and order from chaos. But chaos still abounds. There are those things that can change our lives in the flash of a moment turning remaining order into chaos.
Part of the order of my youth was to worship on Sunday mornings, so regularly that if we didn’t worship we would say to one another that it didn’t feel like Sunday.
Have had that feeling a lot lately. Sundays have been thrown into the chaos the last few months and because of that the rest of the week as well, often finding myself unsure of what day of the week it is. Then I was able to be at Shepherd of the Valley and actually lead a class.
I believe that God wishes us to find some peace in the midst of the chaos.
Consider the prophet Isaiah 40: 28-31
“The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth,
He does not faint or grow weary,
His understanding is unsearchable
He gives power to the faint and
Strengthens the powerless,
Even youths will faint and be weary
And the young will fall exhausted
But those who wait for the Lord shall
Renew their strength, they shall mount up
With wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.”
The Peace and Power of Christ,
Lessons for Sunday, May 11, 2014
1 Peter 19-25
Wednesday 9:00 – 1:00 p KOK
10:00 A Bible Study
Thursday 9:00 – 1:00 p KOK
7:00 p LLL
Friday 9:00 – 11:30 a KOK
1:00 – 9:00 p Palmeter Piano Studio
Saturday 10:00 – 12:00 p Mother's Day Tea (please RSVP to this email or to Brenda, Caryl or Lynn)
Monday, May 12th
KOK Fundraiser at Papa's Pizza
ALL DAY dine in or carry out (download the flyer here)
G.R.O.2.W Concert and Auction
featuring the U of O Gospel Singers
2 & 6 pm Concerts
reserve your seats online at www.gro2w.eventbrite.com
Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
catered dinner @ 6:00 p
Please RSVP to Elaine at eking11 [at] comcast [dot] net