Service of the Longest Night

Service of the Longest Night
The Christmas season is often marked by expressions of joy, excitement, and happiness. It’s a time for family to gather and for churches to worship, pointing to the hope that is found in the coming of the Christ child. However, this time of joy and expectation can often overshadow the pain and hurt many experience during this season, when the world’s merriment puts their grief and sorrow in stark relief.

One of the greatest acts of pastoral care in the Advent season is to offer a service known as a Service of the Longest Night. It’s a worship service scheduled around the winter solstice, (the longest night of the calendar year,) and it just happens to fall on or around December 21st every year.

The Longest Night, is a service of peace and hope. It is a simple service of music, scripture, prayer and the lighting of four candles. We light four candles in honor of our loved ones. We light one for our grief, one for our courage, one for our memories, and one for our love. In the service, you are invited to come forward to light one of the votive candles, which represents your burdens, griefs, sorrows, all those things that make Christmas a “blue” time for you. You may speak the name, or the event, if you wish to do so. When you have lighted your candle, or candles, you may return to your seat or come to alter to pray silently.

Please be in prayer for all of our services during this special season and join us at 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary on Wednesday, December 21st for our Service of the Longest Night.