Online Pastoral Resources

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Pre Service Post:

Hello Water of Life!! So many of you have been amazing as we’ve been navigating all the changes that have been coming so quickly. Thank you so much for your prayers and patience. We’re encouraged that the heart of our church is that we will not stop! And so here we are as a community online. Here are few things to help you navigate your online experience. 

  • Sermon Notes are available by clicking the Notes tab at the bottom right of the chat box or here is the link https://notes.subsplash.com/fill-in/view?page=HJ7Q9YZII
  • Bible app is available by clicking the three dots “…” at the bottom left the chat box.
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  • You can give online by clicking Give Online at the bottom right of your screen.

After Service Post:

Thank you for being a part of our Online Church Community.

To see the latest updates from Pastor Dan regarding this season, how you can pray and ways to help, go to https://www.wateroflifecc.org/covid-19.
To request prayer, go to https://www.wateroflifecc.org/about/prayer-requests.
To give online, go to https://www.wateroflifecc.org/about/give.

We look forward to connecting with you again soon!

 

Online Pastoring Resource

Stress and Coping

(Taken from the CDC website)

 The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

 

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations.  How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and  the community you live in.

 

People who may respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis include

 

  • Older people and people with chronic diseases who are at higher risk for COVID-19
  • Children and teens
  • People who are helping with the response to COVID-19, like doctors and other health care providers, or first responders
  • People who have mental health conditions including problems with substance use

 

Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include

 

  • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  • Worsening of chronic health problems
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs

 

People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment and be aware of new or worsening symptoms. Additional information can be found at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSAexternal icon) website.

 

Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger.

 

THINGS YOU CAN DO TO SUPPORT YOURSELF

 

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

 

Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.

 

FOR PARENTS

 

Children and teens react, in part, on what they see from the adults around them. When parents and caregivers deal with the COVID-19 calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children. Parents can be more reassuring to others around them, especially children, if they are better prepared.

 

Not all children and teens respond to stress in the same way. Some common changes to watch for include

 

  • Excessive crying or irritation in younger children
  • Returning to behaviors they have outgrown (for example, toileting accidents or bedwetting)
  • Excessive worry or sadness
  • Unhealthy eating or sleeping habits
  • Irritability and “acting out” behaviors in teens
  • Poor school performance or avoiding school
  • Difficulty with attention and concentration
  • Avoidance of activities enjoyed in the past
  • Unexplained headaches or body pain
  • Use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs

 

There are many things you can do to support your child

 

  • Take time to talk with your child or teen about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child or teen can understand.
  • Reassure your child or teen that they are safe. Let them know it is ok if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.
  • Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
  • Try to keep up with regular routines. If schools are closed, create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities.
  • Be a role model. Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members.

 

FOR RESPONDERS

 

Responding to COVID-19 can take an emotional toll on you. There are things you can do to reduce secondary traumatic stress (STS) reactions:

 

  • Acknowledge that STS can impact anyone helping families after a traumatic event.
  • Learn the symptoms including physical (fatigue, illness) and mental (fear, withdrawal, guilt).
  • Allow time for you and your family to recover from responding to the pandemic.
  • Create a menu of personal self-care activities that you enjoy, such as spending time with friends and family, exercising, or reading a book.
  • Take a break from media coverage of COVID-19.
  • Ask for help if you feel overwhelmed or concerned that COVID-19 is affecting your ability to care for your family and patients as you did before the outbreak.

 

FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN RELEASED FROM QUARANTINE

 

Being separated from others if a healthcare provider thinks you may have been exposed to COVID-19 can be stressful, even if you do not get sick. Everyone feels differently after coming out of quarantine. Some feelings include :

 

  • Mixed emotions, including relief after quarantine
  • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
  • Stress from the experience of monitoring yourself or being monitored by others for signs and symptoms of COVID-19
  • Sadness, anger, or frustration because friends or loved ones have unfounded fears of contracting the disease from contact with you, even though you have been determined not to be contagious
  • Guilt about not being able to perform normal work or parenting duties during quarantine
  • Other emotional or mental health changes

 

Children may also feel upset or have other strong emotions if they, or someone they know, has been released from quarantine.

 

 

 

SCRIPTURES FOR:

 

Anxiety/Fear

  • ‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10 NASB

 

  • I sought the LORD, and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4 NASB

 

  • When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. Psalm 94:19 NLT

 

  • No power in the sky above or in the earth below–indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:39 NLT

 

Depressive Thoughts

  • I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the LORD. Psalm 40:1-3 NLT

 

  • But you, O LORD, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high. Psalm 3:3 NLT

 

  • Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 NLT

 

  • Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 NASB

 

Difficulty Sleeping

  • When you lie down, you will not be afraid; When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Proverbs 3:24 NASB

 

  • Return to your rest, my soul, for the LORD has been good to you. Psalm 116:7 NIV

 

  • In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8 NIV

 

  • Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. … You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, … For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways Psalm 91:1, 5, 11 NIV

 

Anger/Frustration

  • Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14 NIV

 

  • My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:19-20 NIV

 

  • In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6 NIV

 

  • A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1 NIV

 

PRAYERS FOR…

 

The Sick

  • Father, as Jesus cured the sick and raised Lazarus from the dead, give comfort to those in our community who are sick. We pray that your Spirit may heal their bodies and soothe their minds leading them to find peace and hope in your grace. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. (Prayer by Adrian Porter SJ)

 

Forgiveness

  • Lord God, our loving Father, you know all my sins and failures, my weaknesses and temptations. I come to you with deep sorrow in my heart for the wrong I have done and for the good I have failed to do. Forgive me, accept me, strengthen me, now and always. Amen. (Prayer by Bishop David Konstant)

 

Anxiety/Fear

  • Heavenly Father, When I feel crushed by my own worries, Lift my mind and help me to see the truth. When fear grips me tight and I feel I cannot move, Free my heart and help me to take things one step at a time. When I can’t express the turmoil inside, Calm me with Your quiet words of love. I choose to trust in You, each day, each hour, each moment of my life. I know deep down that I can cast these cares on You, that you have taken these anxious thoughts and by dying on the cross, You have set me free. I choose to trust in You, each day, each hour, each moment of my life. I know deep down that I live in Your grace, forgiven, restored by Your sacrifice, You have set me free. Amen.  (A modern prayer about anxiety from lords-prayer-words.com)

 

Depressive Thoughts

  • O Christ Jesus, when all is darkness and we feel our weakness and helplessness, give us the sense of your presence, your love, and your strength. Help us to have perfect trust in your protecting love and strengthening power, so that nothing may frighten or worry us, for, living close to you, we shall see your hand, your purpose, your will through all things. (St. Ignatius of Loyola)

 

Difficulty Sleeping

  • Dear Lord I am finding it so difficult to sleep. I come to You as my heavenly Shepherd – because I am one of Your sheep – one of Your little lambs…. I come to you today because You have promised to make us lie down in green pastures and to lead us beside still waters. You have promised to restore my soul– Lord as my good Shepherd I need those green pastures, I pray that You will guide me into calmer pastures.Help me lie down in peace and to rest in Your arms of love – for You alone, O Lord, will help me to sleep in safety. Amen. (Adapted from prayer.knowing-jesus.com)

 

For our Pastors/Church Leadership

  • Dear Father, Thank you for a pastor that seeks You with a whole heart. The pastor’s singular desire, Lord, is to serve and please You. So, Father, show the pastor the way. Give the pastor Your vision. Grant Your clarity. Make the complex simple. And then give the pastor boldness to step out in faith to accomplish Your plans for our ministry and for our church. It’s easy to be distracted by many voices, so Father let the pastor hear but one voice, and let that voice be Yours. These things I pray with hope and expectation, in Jesus’ name. (Thomasnelsonbibles.com)

 

 

 

HOW DO I BECOME A CHRISTIAN?

 

Step 1 — Know God’s Plan for You

God loves you and wants you to have a life of peace and fulfillment (abundant life).

 

Jesus said: “I have come that they may have life, and that they have it more abundantly.” — John 10:10 (NIV)

 

“We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” —Romans 5:1 (NIV)

 

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”. —John 3:16 (NIV)

 

How is it, then, that most people don’t have the abundant life and peace that God planned for us?

 

Step 2 – Understand our Problem: We are Separated from God

We chose to go our own way – away from God. We have our own free will and freedom to make choices; God did not make us robots that would be forced to love him, no more than you are forced to love certain people. As we choose to go our own way disobeying God (the Bible calls this sin) and live a life apart from Him, we are separated from Him and cannot enjoy the life of peace and abundance that He desires for us.

 

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”—Romans 3:23 (NIV)

 

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”—Romans 6:23 (NIV)

 

People try to bridge this separation between God and themselves in many ways, such as religion, being a good moral person, and service to the community. But these attempts cannot reach God.

 

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.”—Proverbs 14:12 (NIV)

 

“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, that he will not hear.”—Isaiah 59:2 (NIV)

 

But God has provided us with a solution to this problem; we no longer have to be separated from Him.

 

Step 3 – Know God’s Provision for You

God loved you so much that He provided His only Son, Jesus Christ, as the means to remove the barrier or separation between Him and us.

 

“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”—Romans 5:8 (NIV)

 

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ.”—1Timothy 2:5 (NIV)

 

Each of us, individually, must make a choice to accept God’s provision.

 

Step 4 – Ask God to remove that separation; receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior by inviting him into your life.

You cannot inherit being a Christian from your parents and you are not a Christian just because you attend a church. Your relationship with God is personal and is something that you must begin by asking Him to come into your life. You do not have to be “good enough” to start your relationship with Him. He loves you and will accept you just as you are.

 

“Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” —John 1:12 (NIV)

 

“That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”—Romans 10:9 (NIV)

 

You can become a Christian right now, wherever you are, by inviting Jesus to come into your heart and life. Pray this prayer (prayer is talking to God) of invitation right now, and mean it sincerely from your heart; God will hear you and honor your prayer.

 

Dear Jesus:

I am asking you to come into my life and heart. I no longer want to be separated from you and want the abundant life that you have promised. I know that I have sinned by trying to live my life on my own and I ask your forgiveness for that. I believe that you are God’s son, who died for me on the cross and rose from the grave. Please take control of my life and make me the person that you want me to be – I turn away from my old ways. I take you as my Savior and ask you to be Lord of my life.

I ask these things in your name – Amen.

 

We will gladly send you a free Bible and some materials to help you with your new Christian life. Please call our office at 909.463.0103 to receive these materials and to speak with a pastor if you wish.

 

Next steps as a New Believer. Includes New Believer Podcast https://www.wateroflifecc.org/newbeliever

 

Follow Up Help

  • Pastors on call. Call Church office at 909.463.0103. Leave a message and a Pastor will return your call asap.

 

 

  • Caring Hearts. If you or someone you love has been hospitalized due to injury/illness, is homebound, or at an assisted care facility, someone from our Caring Hearts Ministry would love to connect with you. https://www.wateroflifecc.org/prayerministries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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