Worship – Sunday, June 23, 8:30 & 10:00 AM – “Faith and Mental Health 101: ‘What Have You to Do with Us?'”

Holy Communion is celebrated every Sunday at the 8:30 a.m. service. Holy Communion is celebrated the first Sunday of the month at the 10:00 a.m. service. Childcare available during both services and the Adult Forum.

The scripture lessons from the Hebrew Bible and Christian Gospel for this Sunday both address the issue of mental illness and despair. In 1 Kings 19:1-6, the prophet Elijah is on the run from the wicked King Ahab and Queen Jezebel. Alone and deep into the wilderness, he asks God to take his life. God instead gives him food, water, and support from young Elisha – all good mental health practices. In Luke’s Gospel (8:26-39), Jesus is confronted by a man possessed with a “legion of demons” (1st century description of mental illness). He responds with compassion and healing, then commissions him for new work – also good mental health practices. Who would have thought such an ancient book as the Bible would offer such contemporary wisdom?

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