For many people the emphasis on being joyful in this season may be disconnected from their experience. People who have recently lost a job or are struggling financially, families who have children serving in the military or living at such a distance that they can not be home for the holiday, individuals who have lost a loved one and now see an empty chair at their dinner table, families who have gone through hardships, or individuals who have gone through a divorce—all of these people may find it difficult to ‘get into the joy’ that we are all “supposed” to feel. At First Church we understand that for many people, while the holidays are special in many ways, there are painful memories and lonely moments for many of us.
The Blue Christmas Service (sometimes called The Longest Night Service) is a meditative service acknowledging the losses we have experienced. There will be a time for silent reflection and prayerful remembering. We will honor the birth of Jesus with readings, prayer and music that acknowledge the long nights of winter and the heart.
First Church has offered this worship for several years and many people have found it to be helpful, comforting and healing. We invite you to come for this quiet and meditative worship service.