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Knitting for a bishop

Voting members at the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod wore prayer shawls to remember why they were at the assembly.

“We want to emphasize that the process (of electing a bishop) is not political but is undergirded by the Holy Spirit and needs to be grounded in prayer,” Eileen M. Le Van, pastor of Nativity Lutheran Church, Reading, Pa., told the Reading Eagle.

After putting a notice in the synod newsletter, Le Van received more than 1,000 shawls from 41 congregations.

Michael P. Moll, a Nativity member whose grandmother taught him to knit when he was 6, said making shawls for the bishop’s election was a spiritual practice. “I’m praying as I’m doing it,” he said.


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