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Mental Health Worship Resources

May is Mental Health Month and the first full week of October is Mental Illness Awareness Week. All year long, people in your congregation and community struggle, often alone and in shame, with mental illness. For more information, click here.

Here are some worship resources that may be helpful in assisting your congregation to embrace in its awareness and prayer God's compassion and justice for those seeking mental health. You need not wait until May to recognize mental illness and the hope that is available for those who cry out from the darkness. Your leadership in your congregation to become a caring community that actively seeks to reach in hope and care to those with depression, addiction, or other forms of mental illness can be a primary enactment of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Mental Health Mission Moments DVDHere you will find portals to resources that will invite dialogue and planning for active ministry with people and families in your congregation and beyond who suffer from mental illness. We especially commend "Mental Health Mission Moments" DVD. It is an ecumenically sensitive resource that can be used in worship, classes and groups, and in church council meetings. The DVD comes with a booklet that links the DVD segments to scripture readings, the Revised Common Lectionary, suggestions for using the resource, a short service for anointing with oil, print prayers and litanies, and more. Some of the prayers are included below.

Pastoral Prayer

Loving Creator and Guiding Spirit, we invoke your presence and guidance for all who are gathered here today. For those of us who suffer from some form of mental illness, we seek your presence in our lives and in the lives of our loved ones. Give us courage to face our challenges and open us today to the many ways you are already working in our midst.

Help us to identify mental illness as the disease it is, that we might have courage and wisdom in the face of ignorance and stigma. Inspire us as we seek to overcome fear, acquire knowledge, and advocate for compassionate and enlightened treatment and services.

Lead us as we open our hearts and homes, our communities and job opportunities, our houses of worship and communities of faith. Enable us to find ways to be inclusive of persons living with mental illness in our everyday lives. Be with doctors, therapists, researchers, social workers, and all those in the helping professions as they seek to overcome ignorance and injustice with care and compassion.

Sometimes, Divine Spirit, it is difficult to feel good about ourselves. Help us to see ourselves as you see us ... persons of value and worth ... persons of creativity and potential. May we come to understand the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit in bringing about health and wholeness. And may we go forward from this place today with a renewed sense of vision, hope, and possibilities for the future. Amen.

Copyright © 2004 Susan Gregg-Schroeder, Mental Health Ministries. Used with permission of the author. For more prayers and resources see MENTAL HEALTH MISSION MOMENTS RESOURCE GUIDE.

Prayers/Poems

Spirit God, you know our needs
our wounds
our hurts
our fears
Even before we can form them
into words of prayers.

You are patient with us.
You are protective of us
You are present with us
until such time that we are able
to ask for what we need.

Thank you, Spirit God,
for your healing taking place within
before we are even aware
of how broken we have become.

Copyright © 2004 Susan Gregg-Schroeder, Mental Health Ministries. Used with permission of the author. For more prayers and resources see MENTAL HEALTH MISSION MOMENTS RESOURCE GUIDE.

Break into my confusion, Lord.
Help me to know who I am
and what I am meant to be.
Guide, uphold and strengthen me
as I leave behind the world
of limits and labels.
Guide, uphold and strengthen me,
as together we create a world
of infinite possibility.

Copyright © 2004 Susan Gregg-Schroeder, Mental Health Ministries. Used with permission of the author. For more prayers and resources see MENTAL HEALTH MISSION MOMENTS RESOURCE GUIDE.

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Categories: Worship, Worship Planning, Lectionary Calendar, Civil Observances, Mental Illness Awareness Week, Other