Dec 21, 2019
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Longest Night Service – December 21, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Advent is a season of light and various kinds of celebration. However, for many of us the season may also be a season of shadow. We may be keenly reminded of the grief, loss, poverty, sadness, and abuse we suffered in the past. We may feel that there are people and traditions that we miss deeply. The Longest Night is sometimes called “Blue Christmas”. The service is traditionally offered on the longest night of the year, the night that is the darkest. It also coincides with the Feast Day of Saint Thomas, the disciple who had the most difficulty apprehending Jesus’ resurrection.
The Longest Night service provides a gentle space that openly welcomes our losses and pain. The liturgy includes prayers, psalms, hymns, and a ritual that allows us to offer blessings for those people and experience we mourn. There is space and time to express joy in the face of sorrow and uncertainty. There will be a Lighting of Candles and Eucharist. Please know that you are most warmly invited to participate in this service of healing and light in the midst of darkness.