Longest Night Service

A Service of Hope and Prayer for Healing and Peace

Monday, December 21 at 7:00 p.m.

We’ve had a tradition of gathering for what we called the Blue Christmas service for several years. This year, we’re moving this service to the night of the Winter Solstice – the Longest, Darkest Night of the year. We’re recasting our service to include a broader range of grief and grieving our losses – although grieving the loss of spouses, partners, parents, children and friends retains a central place in this Service for the Longest Night. And every year, we’ll gather on December 21st, whenever it falls during the week.

This year, the Longest Night is Monday, December 21. We invite everyone who is carrying a heavy load this Christmas to come and join us for worship. Some of you are grieving personal loss, broken relationships, a difficult diagnosis. Some of you and your colleagues live or work under stress. Some of you must give your attention to terrible and troubling situations around the globe, and must bear this burden quietly. All of us are deeply moved by the coming of Christ into a world that is filled with violence, terror and oppression.

The Service for the Longest Night is a time of sharing in hope. We sing, listen to scripture, and share in silent reflection and pray for a world of peace.

Following the service we gather for a warm supper and conversation in Lyle Buck Hall. Please come and join us. If you or someone you know has experienced a loss in the past year, or someone who is carrying a quiet burden or a silent grief, please come, and encourage them to come, as well.