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Comfort Those Who Mourn Congregational Guide

Follow Me Year 3
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Comfort Those Who Mourn
When we think about comforting those who mourn, we typically think about those who have lost someone in death. However, the action of mourning can indicate any number of losses—the loss of a job or the dissolution of a relationship. We also mourn as communities, especially following community, and worldwide events such as war, natural disasters, and mass shootings. In the Bible, we find texts of loss and grief, as well as words of comfort, healing, and presence. Through the resurrection of Jesus, we learn that the power of death cannot overcome the power of life (John 20:1–18). This is our profound belief—nothing will separate us from God’s love—and we share that belief with one another.

In this unit, participants will learn that as we nurture our own ability to comfort others, it is equally important to be in touch with how we grieve ourselves. We all mourn at times and need others to console us and accompany us as we recover. Through the practice of comforting one another, community bonds are strengthened and those who suffer are restored. The four dimensions of the practice that are discussed in this unit include: show up for those who mourn, name loss, and receive God’s comfort, comfort others, and share God’s promises.

Congregational Guide
The Congregational Guide provides materials for the pastor, educator, and church leaders to connect the practice with congregational worship and life.

Included in this guide:

Foundational Essay—written by a biblical scholar, these essays explore what each practice means and where it is found in the Bible

Worship Helps—ways of incorporating this practice in worship through liturgy, song, and other suggestions

Café Discussion Guide—self-guided, brief study for each practice

Intergenerational Session—option for your church to have an event or explore the practice as a whole congregation together

Curriculum Connections—information about what each age level is doing weekly

Practicing the Practice at Home—a two-sided page for families about how to practice the practice at home

Children’s Worship Leaflets—weekly two-sided page with practice ideas, games, an adapted Bible story, and a coloring picture
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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 2370001762756
    • Manufacturer: Westminster John Knox Press
    • Language of Text: English
    • ISBN 13: 2370001762756
    • Publication Date: 10/13/2023
    • Format: Other
    • Width: 8.25 inches
    • Height: 0.13 inches
    • Length: 11.00 inches
    • Weight: 0.02 pounds

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