We have a wonderful prayer shawl ministry at RCC. Over the past few years hundreds of prayer shawls have been distributed in our community and around the country (I believe one even traveled to England!).
This Sunday we are blessing a new group of prayer shawls. I thought I would post the liturgy that I wrote for our blessings last year. I usually have the children come up and lay their hands on the shawls during the blessing. It is a neat way for them to be involved.
Feel free to use the liturgy for your own worship!
Prayer Shawl Blessing
(C) Sarah E. Weaver 2011
God of love and comfort, we gather together to celebrate one of the ministries of the Rehoboth Congregational Church. We give thanks for the opportunity – out of love and out of concern for our Christian brothers and sisters – to share a tangible gift to those in need, the prayer shawl.
While we know that you are always present in our lives and that your love transcends all tragedy, illness and pain, we also know that sometimes a physical reminder can bring hope, healing and peace to someone who is crying out. We pray that these prayer shawls bring comfort to those who will receive them.
Oh God, open our eyes so that we might see, open our ears so that we might hear and open our minds so that we might know who is in need of your healing power and presence. Open our hearts so that we might reach out to them.
AFFIRMATION OF PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
Without even knowing who would receive it, this shawl was made specifically for the person who will receive it.
May they see the intricate love and care given to this shawl, mirroring the intricate love and care that God bestows upon all people.
This shawl was made to bring warmth to someone who feels a chill.
May they feel the warm breath of the Holy Spirit as they wrap themselves with it.
This shawl was made to bring comfort to someone who feels alone.
May they feel comfort in knowing that someone prayed for them as they pieced it together.
This shawl was made to bring peace to someone in need of prayer.
May they feel the power of our prayers as they feel the yarn winding through their fingers.
This shawl was made to remind the recipient that they are part of this community.
May they feel touched by our love, moved by our guidance and held up by our support.
PRAYER OF BLESSING
God of creation, redemption and sustaining grace, we praise you for the opportunity to take part in this ministry so that we might see a world beyond ours. We thank you for putting those in need on our hearts and in our minds so that we might fully live out your call to love and serve. We ask that you bless these shawls and those who will receive them. May they feel the love, comfort and peace of your presence. And may your light shine in them and be a beacon of the hope that is promised to all of us. Amen.
May the power of the Holy Spirit live and breathe within each one of us, through these shawls and through the lives that they will touch.
Shower us all with your loving grace, O God. Amen.