Blue Christmas / The Longest Night Services - 2022
The constant refrains we see about the holiday season's happiness, and getting together with family and friends, remind many people of what they have lost. So often, the glow of Christmas lights, holiday cheer, and Advent candles can feel unreachable to those surrounded by loss or grief. The death of a loved one can make us feel alone amid the celebration and joy. We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness; we need to know that we are not alone. If you haven't heard of it before, Blue Christmas sometimes called The Longest Night in the Western Christian tradition. This service is traditionally held on or near the longest night of the year, December 21st, the Winter Solstice. It honors people that have lost loved ones and are experiencing grief or loss of any kind. Usually,
it includes opportunities for expressing grief, pain, and lament, as well as a chance to focus on the promise of hope. This service is not intended to be a healing service, but an acknowledgment of the hole grief leaves in one's heart while simultaneously remembering that we worship a God who is with us, even in the darkest of times.
Here is a list of services from all around the US. Some will be available to attend virtually:
Thurs, Nov 17th - Messiah University - Mechanicsburg, PA
Wed, Nov 30th - Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church - Elk Mount, WI
Thurs, Dec 1st - LIFE Community - Corvallis, OR
Sat, Dec 10th - Grace CMA Church - Middleburg Heights, OH
Sun, Dec 11th - Southside Church of the Nazarene - Edmonton, AB, Canada
Sun, Dec 11th - Midway Baptist Church - Amherst, VA
Tues, Dec 13th - Zion's Lutheran Church - Trinidad, CO
Wed, Dec 14th - Waterstone Community Church - Littleton, CO
Sun, Dec 18th - Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church - Flower Mound, TX
Mon, Dec 19th - West Lake Christian Church - Laurie, MO
Wed, Dec 21st - Grace UMC - Parksley, VA
Wed, Dec 21st - St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church - Shoreline, WA - https://www.facebook.com/events/634647384680716/
Wed, Dec 21st - First United Methodist Church of Gilbert - Gilbert, AZ
Wed, Dec 21st - First United Methodist Church of Mesa, Mesa, AZ https://www.facebook.com/events/518643009689292/
Wed, Dec 21st - First Evangelical Free Church of Moline - Moline, IL
Wed, Dec 21st - Mt. Harmony Lower Marlboro United Methodist Church - Owings, MD
Blue Christmas Service - College Church of the Nazarene - Nampa, Idaho
December 21, 2021
College Church of the Nazarene in Nampa, Idaho, invites you to join them in entering a safe, sacred space together to reflect, remember, extend hospitality and stand in solidarity with one another.
The Longest Night Service
Tree City Church Boise Campus: 3852 N Eagle Road Boise, ID 83713
December 21, 2021 at 7:00 PM MST
The service is titled, “The Longest Night” because so often the glow of
Christmas lights, holiday cheer, and Advent candles can feel unreachable to
those surrounded by loss or grief. The longest night of the year, winter solstice,
takes place on December 21st. This service is a safe space for those who are
struggling to feel the joy and light of this holiday season due to loss of any kind.
This service is not intended to be a service of healing, but an acknowledgment
of the hole grief leaves in one’s heart while simultaneously remembering
that we worship a God who is with us, even in the darkest of times
Kids Ministry for ages Birth - Kindergarten available during this special service.
For more information visit: https://tinyurl.com/longestnightDec21
The Longest Season Service
Thursday, December 16 at 7:00 PM CT
The Longest Season Service is a free, ecumenical offering of the Center of Addiction & Faith
via Zoom on Thursday, December 16 at 7:00 PM CT. All are invited. Some call it Blue Christmas
or the Longest Night. For people with history—long or recent—of grief, trauma, depression
or loss, the holidays are not “the most wonderful time of the year” as Andy Williams has
been insisting since 1963. In the Western Christian tradition, many denominations hold a
special service to support those for whom the holidays hold a mixed bag of emotions.
This special service will contain elements of worship, gratitude, prayer, music, sharing and
the healing light of hope. Usually held at the time of the winter solstice, December 21st,
the traditional service coincides with the feast day of Saint Thomas the Apostle, who struggled
to believe in Jesus’s resurrection. Attendees are encouraged to bring a candle, which we will
light together at the end of the ceremony to introduce our grief and loss to the light of healing.
Register at: https://tinyurl.com/longestseason
The Longest Night in the Longest Year
Monday, December 21, 2020 at 5:00 PM MST / 7:00 PM EST
Join Pastor Carol Betts and others to acknowledge and give voice to the
many losses we have experienced in 2020 for this virtual, live event,
hosted by New Albany UMC.
Blue Christmas Service
Monday, December 21, 2020 at 6:30 PM MST
504 E Dewey Ave, Nampa, ID 83686
Recognizing that this season may be difficult for many, the staff at Nampa College Church has created a Blue Christmas Service, Monday, December 21. 2020 at 6:30pm. This service of lament, liturgy and remembrance invites us to reflect on the pain, the loneliness and sadness we may feel during Christmas time and offer it to God for healing and transformation. This service is not just for those who have lost loved one in this year.
This service is also for those who have faced difficulties with health, a job loss, financial setbacks, and situations that may have caused pain, confusion and fear. You are invited to come as you are, come with
your burdens and your concerns, and come knowing that God hears the cries of our laments.
This service will follow the COVID recommendations in place at Nampa College Church of the Nazarene.
Blue Christmas / Noël Blue
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 7:30 PM EST / 5:30 PM MST
Blue Christmas (sometimes called The Longest Night) in the Western Christian tradition, is a day in the Advent season marking the longest night of the year. On this day, some churches hold a service that honors people that have lost love ones and are experiencing grief. This worship service is traditionally held
on or around the longest night of the year, which falls on or about December 21th, the Winter Solstice.
The service often includes opportunities for expression of grief, pain and lament as well as an
opportunity to focus on the promise of hope.
In collaboration with the West Island United Churches, the ORA Loss & Living Program is presenting their
Blue Christmas / Noël Bleu virtual program. They invite you to enter this meditative space where grief, loss
and hope can be expressed freely and without judgment.
Register for this FREE event at: https://tinyurl.com/bleunoel
Sara J. Cobb
Founder, My Grief Connection
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