Grieving Hearts in Worship: A Ministry Resource

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AuthorHouse, 2012 - Religion - 336 pages
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Grieving Hearts in Worship offers an in-depth opportunity to answer challenging questions concerning a growing disconnect between how we grieve and how we worship God. Through the use of stories, poetry, creative worship services and thought-provoking discussions, Landon shares his unique understanding of the nature of our need for rituals in worship as a beneficial part of our journey towards healing. By exploring major thoughts and writings on grief, he identifies common threads, weaving together a living tapestry that expresses the depth of personal and communal experiences of grief. Reading this contemplative approach to discussing grief and its place in worship will open your eyes to a new way of seeing God's love for the grieving. The book's practical suggestions offer church leaders and members a blend of topics, worship services, and reflection questions that include: ? Attitudes About Death and Grief ? Annual Remembrance Services ? Finding Hope in Brokenness ? Anger and Vulnerability in Worship ? Rediscovering Joy ? Walking the Labyrinth ? When A Church Dies

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Discussing Grief
Connecting Worship And Grief
A Time To Remember
Finding Hope In Brokenness
Anger And Vulnerability
Rediscovering oy
Walking With Our Loved Ones On The Labyrinth
Spreading Seeds Of Faith
Continuing The Journey
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The Reverend Dr. Michael E. Landon holds a Bachelor of Arts, in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Welfare from California State University, Northridge; a Master of Divinity, from McCormick Theological Seminary; a Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction and a Doctor of Ministry, from San Francisco Theological Seminary. Prior to entering the ministry, he worked as a psychiatric social worker with the homeless and the homeless mentally ill. As an ordained minister (teaching elder) in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Michael has served in several different capacities. He has been both solo pastor and associate pastor, serving small rural congregations, intercity and suburban congregations. Michael has also served as a hospice chaplain and bereavement coordinator. For a number of years he has offered spiritual direction, and has served as a facilitator for a spiritual direction training program at the Benedict Inn, Beech Grove, Indiana. As a trained labyrinth facilitator, he has offered labyrinth retreats and workshops. He has been a popular speaker and retreat leader on topics of grief, spirituality and dementia, forgiveness, prayer, and various aspects of living with chronic disease. Michael's next book will be focusing on reflections of faith and living with chronic disease. Michael E. Landon lives in central Indiana with his wife Janet and their two teenage daughters, Moriah and Juliette.

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