The Longest Night: Healing in Times of Challenge
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About The Event
On Saturday, December 21st, at 5 p.m., we will hold a service of the winter solstice, The Longest Night: Healing in Times of Challenge. Most of us think of Advent and Christmas as seasons of anticipation, waiting, and a celebration of the coming of Christ among us, Emmanuel. For many, however, the holiday season is one of pain, grieving, reminders of past hurts, and a time of intense loneliness. We, at St. James Parish, want to make a special place for those who are most in need healing (all of us are in need, at some level) and to remember those in our community for whom Advent and Christmas are a struggle. We will have luminaria (candles in bags of sand) lining the walk leading up to the church. We will use music, prayer, Holy Eucharist, and the laying on of hands (for those who wish it) as conduits to God’s most holy and sacramental love. Members of our Prayer Team will be present and we will have space for silence, lament while also making room for the possibility of healing and joy. We invite all to bond together, no matter where we are in our life journey, in solidarity. Those who are filled with joy might find that the good news of Christ’s coming is part of what we are called to share with those who are still struggling during this holy time of year. First Church of Christ, Congregational will join us on this night of worship. All are welcome!