What is Blue Christmas

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Blue Christmas/Longest Night Service

Pilgrim Congregational Church United Church of Christ

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 7:00pm

What exactly is Blue Christmas?

Traditionally a Blue Christmas service is held on the night of the first day of winter, also known as winter solstice.  This service can also be called “Longest Night Service” as the night of the first day of winter is the longest night of darkness of the year.

The holiday season can be hard and a real challenge for some of us.  If you this sounds familiar, you are not alone.  This is a different kind of service that helps name those things that make the holidays difficult and offers hope.  If you or someone you love is having a hard time this holiday season, this is the service for you.

This service starts and ends in silence, has readings, prayer, and just a small amount of singing.  The idea is to provide a safe space to explore feelings, emotions, and to rest.  The environment is reflective, contemplative, and hopeful, without the celebratory feel of Christmas or Christmas Eve.

If you have never experienced this service before, please join us.  Even if you have experienced this service before, we plan to offer a service that is unique from other more formal Blue Christmas/Longest Night services. Come and help us bring light into the longest night of the year.

 

Pastor Chance