Grieving Hearts in Worship

A Ministry Resource

by Rev. Dr. Michael E. Landon



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/25/2012

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 336
ISBN : 9781468563580
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 336
ISBN : 9781468563573
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 336
ISBN : 9781468563597

About the Book

Grieving Hearts in Worship offers an in-depth opportunity to answer challenging questions concerning a growing disconnect between how we grieve and how we worship God. Through the use of stories, poetry, creative worship services and thought-provoking discussions, Landon shares his unique understanding of the nature of our need for rituals in worship as a beneficial part of our journey towards healing. By exploring major thoughts and writings on grief, he identifies common threads, weaving together a living tapestry that expresses the depth of personal and communal experiences of grief. Reading this contemplative approach to discussing grief and its place in worship will open your eyes to a new way of seeing God’s love for the grieving. The book’s practical suggestions offer church leaders and members a blend of topics, worship services, and reflection questions that include:  Attitudes About Death and Grief  Annual Remembrance Services  Finding Hope in Brokenness  Anger and Vulnerability in Worship  Rediscovering Joy  Walking the Labyrinth  When A Church Dies

About the Author

The Reverend Dr. Michael E. Landon holds a Bachelor of Arts, in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Welfare from California State University, Northridge; a Master of Divinity, from McCormick Theological Seminary; a Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction and a Doctor of Ministry, from San Francisco Theological Seminary. Prior to entering the ministry, he worked as a psychiatric social worker with the homeless and the homeless mentally ill. As an ordained minister (teaching elder) in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Michael has served in several different capacities. He has been both solo pastor and associate pastor, serving small rural congregations, intercity and suburban congregations. Michael has also served as a hospice chaplain and bereavement coordinator. For a number of years he has offered spiritual direction, and has served as a facilitator for a spiritual direction training program at the Benedict Inn, Beech Grove, Indiana. As a trained labyrinth facilitator, he has offered labyrinth retreats and workshops. He has been a popular speaker and retreat leader on topics of grief, spirituality and dementia, forgiveness, prayer, and various aspects of living with chronic disease. Michael’s next book will be focusing on reflections on faith and living with chronic disease – sharing his own journey of living with chronic disease and finding God’s deep abiding presence within. Michael lives in central Indiana with his wife and two teenage daughters.