NACOS 2.5 – Sermon 05/24/20: Understanding COVID in the context of Worden’s Four Tasks of Mourning

NACOS 2.5 – Sermon 05/24/20: Fear and Grief and Faith

Topic #2: Addressing patterns of grief, stress and anxiety in congregations after a tragedy through “Worship as Pastoral Care.”

Here is the second of three sermons to provide “worship as pastoral care” to help my congregation in crisis.

2.5 – Sermon 05/24/20: Fear and Grief and Faith (Eastertide V)
(Understanding COVID in the context of Worden’s Four Tasks of Mourning)
Liturgy & Transcript:
Look within for links to Sermon audio … Sermon slides as a PDF file.

What in this sermon was helpful to you?
What was the human need or problem addressed in the message?
What was the solution suggested in the message?

The goal of this learning exercise is not to analyze the content of the sermon but to experience it and consider how you can use experiences from your own personal life or culture to help others respond in times of crisis in a helpful and healthy manner.

ASSIGNMENT QUESTION: (in the comments on Facebook)
What resources from your personal experiences, what you have read, or what resources do you have from your culture – stories, traditions, rituals – that would be helpful to your congregation in reference to the Coronavirus Pandemic to …

“Reality: Accepting the new reality” of the loss.
“Experiencing the pain” of the loss.
“Adjusting to life without” in the midst of the loss.
“Reinvesting in the new reality” and leaving the event of loss behind in the past.

(Phrased this way, Worden’s four tasks become an acronym:
REAR for Reality, Experience, Adjust, Reinvest.)

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