Human – Grief
2 Samuel 1:11-16
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: David deals honestly and prayerfully with devastating loss.
- Devastating loss, 1:2-10.
- Dealing with the loss, 1:11-16.
Quick Review: Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
My Story: Most of us know people who have suffered great loss. Some are able to process their grief in a way that allows them to move on toward productive living. Others are still in process or having trouble coming full circle. What, in your opinion, makes the difference?
- Identify David’s losses. Discuss how he is not alone in dealing with these losses. What does it mean to “hold on loosely” to people and possessions in this life?
- David is very expressive in processing his grief, which is a Hebrew characteristic (2 Samuel 1:11,12). The way we grieve is not unimportant to God. Among practical suggestions include: giving yourself permission to grieve, writing poetry, making a difference and realizing there are stages to grief. Discuss.
- The Bible exhorts us to weep with those who weep. What are certain things NOT to do when coming alongside someone who has experienced great loss?
- The Apostle Paul intends that believers would not “grieve as others who have no hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:13). This implies that Christians will indeed grieve, but that it will be a different sort of grief than those without a personal relationship with Christ. What difference does Christian faith make on this subject?
Taking it Home: What are some difficult losses that you have had? Do you have someone that you can grieve with? What are some ways that you have recovered from loss that you could share with somebody else? If someone in your circle is experiencing loss, take a moment to
write a note, make a call, send a gift or take a person out for coffee. Report back to your group.
If you are visiting, we want to extend a special welcome to you, and we invite you to an informal reception immediately following our worship service. On Saturday, Pastor Jeff will be available in the Celebration Center, and on Sunday, he will meet you at the Welcome Center.
VIEW FROM THE RIDGE ANNUAL MEETINGS
In an effort to provide opportunities for as many as possible, we will have a time after each service this weekend for our annual View from the Ridge. These gatherings allow us to propose and vote on the budget for the new fiscal year, hear reports from ministry leaders from the past year and envision the year ahead together, as God leads. If you are a member or a regular attender, we strongly encourage you to attend one of the following meetings:
- Saturday, September 17 at 7:15 PM
- Sunday, September 18 at 10:15 AM
- Sunday, September 18 at 12:00 PM (with potluck lunch)
If you are planning to attend the Sunday potluck lunch, please bring a main dish and/or a salad/side/dessert to share. Paper goods and drinks will be provided.
Below is a summary of the budget the Elders will propose for the 2016-17 fiscal year. We will present this at View from the Ridge. A copy of the detailed budget is available in the church office.
General 423,300 Growth 57,000
Worship 22,600 Outreach 109,800
Service 7,800 Properties 135,000
Q&A TIME BETWEEN SERVICES
Beginning September 25, there will be a question and answer time from 10:20 – 10:35 AM, between Sunday services. In conjunction with Parenting Weekend, this first Q&A time will be hosted by our Children’s Ministry leaders, alongside Todd Ickes of Reclaim Ministries. Feel free to bring up any questions you may have, related to parenting issues.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER
You’re invited to dinner! Our menu includes taco salad and dessert for $2.50 per person or $10 per family. (Cook teams are still looking for volunteers, as well. Contact Maria Stimens at 303.993.9358.)
On Saturday, September 24, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, we’ll be opening up the back parking lot to local vendors, complete with family games, food sales to benefit our DV8 Student Ministries and a whole lot of fun! Begin praying about a neighbor that you might invite!
Parents, we know it’s tough raising kids in today’s culture. We want to help. During the weekend of September 24/25, we’ll be focusing on parenting topics in our regular services. We’ll also have some mini-sessions at RidgeFest, designed to help parents with kids – from toddlers to teens. There are also plans in the works for a parenting-focused small group. Contact Maryjean Fowler or Debbie Stewart for more information.
NEW SMALL GROUP OPPORTUNITY
We have one more new small group opportunity to announce! Beginning Wednesday, September 21 at 6:30 PM, Pastor Jeff will lead (and Maria Stimens will host) a small group exploring life through the Alpha Course. “Is there more to life? Why am I here?” Come join us for answers to these questions and more.
LIVE IT OUT IN SERVICE
The Emergency Shelter Program exists in Evergreen as a cold weather procedure to provide emergency temporary shelter for our mountain community. It is designed to bring Evergreen residents who are inadequately housed indoors during severe cold weather. If you are
interested in providing support to such an initiative, please be in touch with church leadership. Small groups – this could be a great service project!