ENCOUNTER WITH GOD 2/26/21

2 Minutes of Silence and Centering     – Pause for Silence

“Be still, and know that I am God; – Psalm 46:10

Confession: O Good and Loving God, You call us to honor, love, and revere not just our parents, but all whom You have placed in our lives with Your authority. Yet we; rarely give honor to those deserving of honor. Instead, we fight and fail to love as You have loved us. When we have authority, we misuse and abuse it. Worst, we reject Your authority and seek to live our lives our way. We follow ourselves, not Your Son, Jesus. Forgive us and renew us. Send us Your grace and mercy, and enable us to share it with others, even with those in authority over us. Through Christ we pray. Amen.

Scripture Reading: 

Mark 1:9-15
1:9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.

1:10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.

1:11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

1:12 And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.

1:13 He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.

1:14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God,

1:15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

The Our Father (slowly pray this)
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.

Encounter With God 2/15/21

Silence and Centering     – Pause for Silence

“Be still, and know that I am God; – Psalm 46:10

Confession: Eternal and Glorious God, You are merciful, kind, and forgiving. You hear us when we confess to You. We admit we do not focus on You  with our whole heart, mind, soul, and strength. A day devoted to You is rarely attempted. We neglect to rest our hearts and minds in You, for we keep going in our power and never stop. We do not attend to Your Word, for we live by the words and idols of our age. We fail to worship with Your people, for we give priority to many other commitments. Forgive our sin, and help us to walk in Your ways to the honor of Your name. Amen.

Scripture Reading: Mark 9:2-9

After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.

Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)

Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”

Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.

As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

The Our Father (slowly pray this)
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.

Grieving While Black- Ep#4 – Resources

What Can we do to be mentally healthy in the Black Community?

Intro: we all as black people have endured so much way before the trump administration. Then we experienced 4 years of tyranny, George Floyd, Pandemic, Personal lost and still deal with structural racism in the USA.

So how can we be Emotionally & Spiritually Healthy! How can our Mental be healthy!

Questions to structure our Conversation

How can the church help people with mental health?

How Can We as individuals cultivate healthy rhythms in our life to foster good mental health?

What the Church Can Do!

  1. Educate: Get the facts. Much of the misconception regarding mental illness begins with ignorance. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Mental illness refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior.” While many people can experience mental health issues, mental illness occurs when the symptoms cause frequent stress or begin interfering with the normal functions of everyday life.
  • Recognize the symptoms: some general symptoms of mental illness that can indicate a person needs help:

•Excessive emotional responses (extreme worry, sadness, anger) or extreme mood swings

•Confused thinking or an inability to concentrate

•Social withdrawal or the inability to relate to other people

•Changes or difficulties in sleeping or eating

•Difficulty perceiving reality (delusions, hallucinations, paranoia)

•Multiple physical ailments without a physical cause

• Inability to do daily tasks

  • Intervene when necessary. People with mental illness often do not understand that they need help. Sometimes they do not want help, even when they recognize that a problem exists.

Address your concerns with the individual in a private, loving, nonjudgmental way.

Provide practical information on where and how the person might obtain help. Offer to go with him or her to an appointment with a health-care professional.

If the person does not seem open to your intervention, cautiously consider talking with a family member, close friend or loved one about the situation.

  • Encourage

Create an open dialogue. Don’t be afraid to use the term “mentally ill.” Talk openly about mental illness in classes and services. If you have a personal experience that you are willing to share, do so. Simply knowing that someone else relates can be the key to opening a discussion.

Tips on Caring for you Mental Health

1. Recognize racial trauma as a mental health issue

Racial trauma can be instigated by a sudden violent incident, or by ongoing fear of threat,

symptoms of racial trauma:

•Psychological distress: Distrust, vigilance, existential hopelessness, guilt, shame, shock, anger, self-criticism, rumination, lowered self-esteem or sense of self-worth

•Mental health issues: Anxiety, feelings of panic, depressed mood, irritability

•Physiological issues: Muscle tension, gastrointestinal troubles, cardiovascular health issues

•Behavioral change: Avoidance, procrastination, escape habits (such as substance abuse)

•Worsened executive functioning: Feeling distracted, being generally less able to concentrate or self-organize

2. Find personal meaning to re-establish a sense of control

 Posttraumatic Growth (PTG) also suggests the potential for positive change following traumatic life events. This approach acknowledges the resilience and growth that can occur after a trauma, and ways in which an individual can derive meaning from the event that transcends the painful experience.

3. Validate and express your feelings through social supports

•Connect with friends and families who are able to bring joy to your day

4. Take a moment to self-soothe, care for your body, and rest

•Journaling, creating a big list of all the things that bring you joy, writing gratitude’s

•Listening to music, walking, art, prayer, calling family, and reading

5. Connect with your spirituality and faith

Spirituality can provide hope, community, and guidance, and have a profound impact on your emotional wellbeing.

6. Talk about mental healthcare openly where possible

Increasing visibility of mental health issues in Black communities can be a way to combat the stigma around mental health treatment.

7. Remember that the burden is not all on you

JUST BE!!

Resources

Jude 3 Project

Wholebrothermission.com

Andcampaign.org – Civic & Cultural engagements-

(compassion & Conviction) by Justin Giboney, Micheal Wear & Chris Butler