God and Mental Health: Trauma

February 6, 2022 • Michelle Rader

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?
O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;
and by night, but find no rest.
Psalm 22:1-2

These words give voice to the experience of utter aloneness and despair that too often overwhelms many of us in the darkest points in our lives. Often these dark points are precipitated by deep trauma – physical, emotional, spiritual – a sudden painful, unexpected, traumatic event or series of events which overwhelm our ability to cope, to understand, to defend ourselves. The experience of trauma plunges us into the depths where it is a struggle to survive, let alone heal, connect, or feel joyfully alive.

The reality and experience of trauma raises profound questions about God and his goodness, about our own identity and path forward, and about our relationships with others. Where do we turn when trauma has shattered our sense of safety and self to the point where we don’t know how to move forward? How do we find God, ourselves, and re-connect to others? How do we support and care for each other in life’s darkest periods?

Jesus spoke these words from Psalm 22 when he was overwhelmed by his experience of physical, emotional, and spiritual trauma. He joins us in the deepest depths so that he can raise us up to new life – a new life where the scars are still visible, but so also is renewed hope and community.

Please join us this weekend as we address the subject of “God and Trauma” – the final message in our God and Mental Health series.

Children, Youth & Your Part

January 30, 2022 • Michael Yudt, Roger Record

During week One in this sermon series on God and Mental Health, we heard Pastor Rajendra Pillai lay the groundwork for this very important discussion. It’s time to break the silence, it’s ok to admit that we need help, and it’s ok to seek and get help! We all need it, including our children and youth who are facing unique and unprecedented challenges. Everyone has a part to play in reaching the next generation, and families need your support now more than ever!    This 3-week sermon series won’t cover everything, but is designed to be the beginning of a larger conversation. Come join us this Sunday as we continue the conversation centered in Christ!

Breaking the Stigma of Mental Illness

January 23, 2022 • Raj Pillai

Mental health challenges have risen sharply in our nation during the pandemic and yet, it remains somewhat of a taboo subject in churches. Being a Christian doesn’t mean you are immune from mental health challenges. But we also know that the Gospel is everywhere, even in the shadows of mental health issues. You are worth everything it takes to get better. We want to be a church community that accepts, loves, prays over and walks with all who are struggling as one Body, one community, and one family in Christ. Starting this week for the next three weeks, we will talk openly and redemptively in a shame-free environment to attempt to discern our stories and struggles through the pages of Scripture and find healing in the broken places. Feel free to spread the word to someone who could benefit from joining us for this series. And come prayed up!