The Longest Night Worship Service

7:00 pm

December 17, 2017

A respite from the hectic pace of the season.

As the body of Christ, it is vital that we provide an alternative for worship during the holidays. Remember Paul’s mandate to believers in his letter to the Romans? We are to “rejoice with them that rejoice and to weep with them that weep.” This year we will do just that. In addition to our usual Christmas celebratory services, we will also have a Longest Night Service. The Longest Night Service will take place on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. The service is called The Longest Night because in the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice is the longest night of the year and falls on or near December 22. (In some congregations, this type of worship service is also referred to as Blue Christmas. This name comes from the liturgical color blue during the season of Advent. The color blue symbolizes hope).

During this service, worshipers are invited to enter God’s presence and feel safe. Their emotions are welcome as well. Anxiety, grief, tears, and even anger are wholly acceptable. This service of prayers, readings, and thoughtful music is not an all-night vigil, but rather, a time to take a moment of holy calm in the midst of our circumstances and reflect. It is a time to pause, breathe, and lament. Oddly enough, in our shared discontent, God will remind us that we are never alone.

Please know that the Longest Night Service is open to the entire community. Therefore, feel free to extend an invitation to someone you know who may be hurting this time of year. This is what it means to be the body of Christ.