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
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
Covid Memorial Service
All are welcome by Grace Fellowship to attend a special online
Covid Memorial Service to remember and honor the loved ones lost due to
Covid-19. This is open to everyone, no matter who you are or where you are.
Visit the Covid Memorial Wall to view stories and submit your own stories.
Join the service on Dec 13th at 6pm CST / 7pm EST / 5pm MST / 4pm PST.
The Facebook event can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1801096373379112
Sara J. Cobb
Founder, My Grief Connection
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Updated 01 December 2022
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