Health Happenings:
Mental Health and Grief During a Pandemic and Times of Uncertainty. 
- By Amy Taylor BSN, RN

We can feel grief due to a variety of situations. Most often we think, of course, of the loss of a loved one, and these are certainly often the most grief-filled experiences we have. However, grief over loss also exists as a result of loss of normalcy, loss of a job, a relationship and dealing with any change in life. Any period of trauma or event can result in grief.

We are living in a very strange time. To go from living our lives as we normally would to everything shutting down in a matter of days, is a lot for people to process. Whether it is a loss of job, working from home with kids also at home who require supervision, canceling travel, isolation from loved ones, etc. Any and all of this can cause grief. Some of us believe the government has handled this well and some of us think it was an overreaction. Some of us think we should get back to normal quickly while others believe we are moving too fast.

No matter what your viewpoint is politically or otherwise, we are all suffering some grief right now. There is dissent between those still taking precautions and those that aren’t. Many are returning to work, but not all job losses are temporary. Wearing masks is hot and continuing to be “on guard” is frankly exhausting. “Back to normal” might not ever be as it was before this pandemic That isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Good things that came out of the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic were the development of vaccines and increased awareness of the need for public health funding. There will be some positives that will come out of this time period, even if we can’t imagine what they are right now. As a church family we have found new ways to communicate with and support each other. We are succeeding in this battle even if it isn’t over and it doesn’t feel like it. Still, we need to allow ourselves to grieve our losses. What is your grief?!?

At times like this we may use short-term energy relievers like overeating or drinking too much alcohol. We might spend more time on social media. Some of our stress relievers can end up causing us grief in the long run. When people ask how you are, do you automatically say “fine?” Fine can actually mean: Feelings inside not expressed. Is this you? Take some time to process how you are feeling. What will you remember about this time? What do you like about this time? What do you miss during this time? Talk with your friends and family. Encourage others to tell their story. We need to help each other through this, it is definitely what Jesus would do

Be safe and stay healthy!
Amy Taylor BSN, RN

Sunday, July 12 – 8:00am

Thank you for joining us in worship this morning! Here are the congregational lyrics and prayers for our 8:00am All Church Worship service. You can tune into the service at 89.5 FM on your car radio.

Responsive Call to Worship: From Isaiah 40:1-11

Leader: The God who speaks comfort to us calls us here.

People: The God who addresses us with tenderness meets us here.

Leader: The God who guides us with gentleness cares for us here.

People: We come to prepare a way for the Lord.

Leader: We come to ready ourselves for the transformation of our lives.

People: For the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it.


Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven (478)

Praise, my soul, the King of heaven;
To his feet your tribute bring.
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
Evermore his praises sing.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Praise the everlasting King!

Praise him for his grace and favor
To his people in distress.
Praise him, still the same as ever,
Slow to chide, and swift to bless.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Glorious in his faithfulness!

Father-like he tends and spares us;
well our feeble frame he knows.
In his hand he gently bears us,
Rescues us from all our foes.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Widely yet his mercy flows!

Angels, help us to adore him;
You behold him face to face.
Sun and moon, bow down before him,
Dwellers all in time and space.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Praise with us the God of grace!

Unison and Silent Prayers of Confession

Lord, we have come to see that our lives fall far short of your glory. Lord, you have given your life for us, and poured out your Spirit, yet we fail to return your love with all our heart. Too often we are selfish and proud, ignoring you, Lord, and neglecting others. Lord, when we do not truly trust and obey you, we are overwhelmed by self-pity, fear and worry. In Christ we are given a sure hope and secure love, yet we follow the false hopes and desires of this world. Father, through the redeeming death of your Son on the cross, by your Spirit and through your word, transform and renew us to follow you with joy.

Response: Lord, Speak to Me, That I May Speak (426 vs 4)

O fill me with Your fullness, Lord,
Until my very heart o’erflow
In kindling thought and glowing word,
Your love to tell, Your praise to show.

Message: Big Tent Church (Isaiah 43:4-13)

Pastor Malcolm Davis

Be Thou My Vision 339

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Nought be all else to me, save that Thou art–
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Riches I heed not, nor vain empty praise,
Thou mine inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
Great God of heaven, my treasure Thou art.

Be Thou my wisdom, and Thou my true word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

Offering: Steal Away | African-American Spiritual
Ann Marie Robinson, piano

Closing Hymn: Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise 

Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.

Unresting, Unhasting, and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might;
Thy justice like mountains high soaring above
Thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.

To all, life Thou givest, to both great and small;
In all life Thou livest, the true life of all;
We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
And wither and perish; but nought changeth thee.

Thou reignest in glory, Thou rulest in light,
Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight;
All praise we would render; O help us to see
‘Tis only the splendor of light hideth thee!


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Sunday, July 12  – 9:30 Contemporary

Thank you for joining us in worship this morning! Here are the congregational lyrics and prayers for our 9:30 Contemporary Drive-in service.
You can tune into the service at 89.5 FM on your car radio.

Our God

Water You turned into wine,
Opened the eyes of the blind;
There's no one like You,
None like You.

Into the darkness You shine,
Out of the ashes we rise;
There's no one like You,
None like You.

Our God is greater,
Our God is stronger;
God, You are higher than any other.
Our God is healer,
Awesome in power, our God, our God.

Into the darkness You shine,
Out of the ashes we rise;
There's no one like You,
None like You.


And if our God is for us
Then who could ever stop us,
And if our God is with us
Then what could stand against?
And if our God is for us
Then who could ever stop us,
And if our God is with us
Then what could stand against?
(Then) what could stand against?


Christ is Enough

Christ is my reward and all of my devotion.
Now there's nothing in this world
That could ever satisfy.
Through every trial, my soul will sing;
No turning back, I've been set free.

Christ is enough for me.
Christ is enough for me.
Everything I need is in You,
Everything I need.

Christ, my all in all, the joy of my salvation.
And this hope will never fail,
Heaven is our home.
Through every storm my soul will sing;
Jesus is here, to God be the glory.


I have decided to follow Jesus.
No turning back, no turning back.

The cross before me, the world behind me.
No turning back, no turning back.


Lord I Need You

Lord, I come, I confess,
Bowing here I find my rest.
And without You, I fall apart,
You're the one that guides my heart.

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You,
Ev'ry hour I need You,
My one defense, my righteousness.
Oh God, how I need You.

Where sin runs deep, Your grace is more.
Where grace is found is where You are.
And where You are, Lord, I am free.
Holiness is Christ in me.


So teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way.
And when I cannot stand, I'll fall on You,
Jesus, You're my hope and stay.

Chorus (twice)

My one defense, my righteousness.
Oh God, how I need You.

Salt and Life 

You make me want to be like You;
Your holiness I will pursue;
I want the heart of Jesus.
Show me the meaning of Your grace;
I want to give the world a taste
Of the love of Jesus.

Make me salt, make me light;
Let Your holy fire ignite;
Reveal Your glory in my life.
I am not ashamed to lift up Your holy name;
Make me salt, make me light.

Set me as a city on a hill,
A lamp on a stand;
Mold me in Your image,
The work of Your hand.


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Daily Scripture

12 July 2020

  • Matthew 4:4
    “Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’””


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