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Use your established opening ritual or light the chalice and share the following quote:
It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely. --Albert Einstein
A LiveScience article from 2006 analyzes a University of Chicago study that found a correlation between loneliness, high blood pressure, and an early death. Among people 50 years or older, the lonely had blood pressures 30% higher than those who did not describe themselves as lonely. Higher blood pressures can lead to heart disease, the second cause of death in the United States. One in five Americans described themselves as lonely, a "gnawing, emotional state that is a patchwork of feeling unhappy, stressed out, friendless, and hostile... .Lonely people who are middle-aged and older tend to also have problems with alcoholism, depression, weak immune system responses to illness, impaired sleep and suicide."
Find ways to connect to the elders in your congregation. Perhaps the group might start an annual tradition of hosting a dinner for the congregation's elders. Another idea is a joint worship service, perhaps held on your congregation's anniversary, where both groups, the elder and the younger, can speak to the congregation's history and future. Youth can form a care team that visits shut-in congregational members. If the congregation does not have a van, participants could begin a project to acquire one and plan a fundraiser. The van could be used to transport both youth and elderly members for services and other events. Discuss and make plans, assigning duties and setting dates for follow-up.
Use your established closing ritual.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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