The Longest Night Service
Tree City Church, 3852 N. Eagle Rd., Boise, ID 83713
Wednesday, December 21, 2022, at 7:00 PM MST
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 is 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 who 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 a safe space for those who are struggling to feel the joy
and light of this holiday season due to the loss of any kind. 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 and longest of nights. For those in the Boise, Idaho
area, you are invited to join Tree City Church (3852 N. Eagle Rd., Boise, ID 83713) for their Longest Night
service on December 21, 2022, at 7:00 PM MST. Kids ministry will be available for ages birth thru grade 4.
Learn more here: https://treecitychurch.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/1503744
Sara J. Cobb
Founder, My Grief Connection
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