“Agape is selfless, sacrificial, unconditional love. The highest of the four types of love in the Bible. This Greek word and variations of it are found throughout the New Testement. Agape perfectly describes the kind of love Jesus Christ has for His Father and for His followers: Jesus lived out agape by sacrificing himself for the sins of the world. As well as the kind of love God the Father has for us:” “For God so loved (agape) the world, that he gave His only begotten son. That whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Since 2013 the Prayer Shawl Ministry has gifted over 1,000 prayer shawls.
February 2023 Prayer Shawl intent is “AGAPE LOVE”. Please keep Thelma Hagerman, Diane Christian, Kathy Rogers and Debra Gaynor in your prayers as they knit, crochet and sew special shawls and blankets. Bringing comfort to the bereaved, sick, elderly, and babies with special needs, as well those broken in spirit with depression, anxiety, or any mental anguish, these beautiful items are lovingly crocheted and hold the prayers of the artists, our pastors, and the church. Available in many colors, these pieces are available upon request.
Each stitch has Biblical significance.
- A chain of 80 stitches represents the 40 days and nights of Lent, Noah’s time on the Ark and most importantly Jesus’ temptation in the desert.
- Three double stitches that form a shell represent the Trinity.
- Five double stitches represent the wounds of Christ on the Cross.
- 39 rows on each blanket represent the 39 strikes Christ endured before his crucifixion.
This ministry is lovingly named in honor of Mary Bryan.