Welcome to this “Blue Christmas” or “Longest Night” service. The name comes from how many of us see the Advent and Christmas season. Traditionally this service is held on December 21st where we experience the shortest day and the longest night of the year. But the name also applies to the feeling that a number of us have about this season.
It is the “long dark night of the soul,” “the winter of our discontent,” in which memories of past experiences and the pain of present experiences can become overwhelming. For some, Christmas Day is the most difficult. For others, it’s Christmas Eve, or New Year’s Eve, or the beginning of another lonely new year.
In this service, we will have some singing that is appropriate to the season, recognizing that this may not necessarily be a season of joy. We will invite you to meditate on the pain and anguish you may bring, and to offer your pain to the Christ child. We trust and pray that you will find hope and comfort in knowing that you are not alone.