In these last weeks of the "old year" as we look toward Christmas and New Year's celebrations, many people find themselves lonely and depressed, particularly if they have suffered a loss in the past year or if the memory of a loss previously experienced still weighs heavily on their hearts. The Pandemic of course has merely compounded this pain and contributed to a greater sense of isolation, making these losses even more difficult to bear.
While outwardly people may strive to present themselves as happy at this time of year, inwardly some of them grieve deeply. This time has been called the "long dark night of the soul" 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 may be Christmas Eve, or New Years Eve, or the beginning of another lonely New Year.
We recognize that this is not a season of joy for everyone. So, we hold this service to remind those who suffer the pain of loss - of a loved one, a job, a way of life, etc. - that God loves them unconditionally and seeks their comfort and healing. Also, by holding this service in the context of community worship, we seek to present our church family as a safe group of people with whom we can share our grief in times of sadness and despair.
Join us online for a "Longest Night Service" on Monday, December 21 at 7:00 PM.