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Blue Christmas service offers hope to all who grieve

The cultural merriment of the Advent and Christmas season can be especially difficult for those who are grieving. While the world tells us to “have a holly, jolly Christmas,” because “it’s the best time of the year,” the traditions and memories that once involved an absent loved one — whether through death or divorce — can be downright triggering.

But as Christians, we know that Jesus is with us in our suffering. We pray and wait in hope for the coming of the Lord, who will dispel the darkness we experience and bring us true joy that is eternal.

Join us for our annual Blue Christmas prayer service, traditionally held on or near the winter solstice, the longest night of the year. This year’s service will be at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, in our church. The service will be led by Deacon Paul Kipfstuhl and will include Scripture, song, silence and candlelight.

All are welcome, regardless of church affiliation or faith tradition. Let us pray together as we wait in silence and hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

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