Wrapped in comfort, wrapped in love...
I think of how a newborn is comforted and calmed when tightly swaddled. I remember the consolation of being wrapped in a warm, soft blanket in times of sadness and grief.
Prayer shawls work like this.
1. They bring physical warmth and comfort.
2.The weight of it around the shoulders reminds you of arms encircling you with a hug.
3. The knowledge that it has been knit for the purpose of bringing comfort and surrounding another in healing prayer offers hope.
Our prayer shawl ministry is taking off. We are blessed to have a few people creating shawls and lap quilts to take to those who the pastoral care team want to offer a tangible sign of our care and support. If you know of someone who would benefit from a prayer shawl from our church, please let me know.
May this shawl be a sign of God’s presence,
May it warm you when you are weary.
May it encourage you when you are afraid.
May it assure you of God’s care and comfort.
May it remind you that you are surrounded by the prayers of others. Amen.
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"Pilgrims are persons in motion -
What are your plans for the long weekend? This weekend is Canada's unofficial beginning of summer and many of us have traditions that we look forward to all year.
Is this the weekend you put in your garden? Do you go camping? Open the cottage? Get out your bike or canoe? Whatever it is for you hope you find spiritual renewal in your activities.
If you stay in town I hope we will see you at church on Sunday morning. It is Pilgrim Sunday! Boyd and I are excited to share with you some of our experiences on our recent pilgrimage to sacred sites in Italy. Wear your pilgrim clothes - what would you take with you if you went on a pilgrimage? Where would you go? What would you want to learn? See? Experience? Whatever you do this weekend, offer gratitude for this gift of sabbath time.