The Longest Night: A Service of Hope and Comfort

longest-night-serviceWednesday,
December 21, 6:30 p.m.
in the parish hall

Christmas is a joyous time for many and yet it is also a painful time for others. This holiday season may be the first time without the presence of a loved family member or friend taken by death; it may be a time that you are facing changes or the unknown in your life. It may be a time that has always been difficult.
For these reasons and more Christ the King Church will offer a special “Longest Night” service on December 21, at 6:30 p.m.
The constant refrain we hear about getting together with family, reminds many people of what and who they have lost, or what they never had. The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health, the pain of isolation – all of these can make us feel very much alone in the midst of the festive season.
The Longest Night is an intimate service of scripture, stories, special music, silent reflection and healing prayer. It’s a time to recognize that Christmas can be bittersweet. We need space and time to acknowledge our sadness and concern. We need to know that we are not alone. We need to know God’s presence during this season.
We invite you to experience a meditative worship service that takes time for remembering, sharing our hurting places with God, and preparing our hearts for the coming of Christ.
Join with us to hear scripture, offer prayers for healing and wholeness, and to sing hymns that acknowledge that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who grieve, and for those who struggle. God is the light shining in our darkness.
This is also a wonderful way to remember those you know who might be in need. Everyone is welcome. The short service will be followed by a brief time for light refreshments and fellowship.