07“In the bleak mid-winter, Frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter, Long ago.”
The turkey hasn’t even been de-boned and already the season of ‘happy holidays’, dogs barking out “Jingle Bells”, frenetic shopping and oodles of amazing smells has begun. This is supposed to be the happiest time of the year yet, for many, this season brings bittersweet memories and a longing for a happier time. Not everyone is feeling up and cheery for the holiday season: coping with the loss of a job, dealing with the death of a loved one. facing a devastating diagnosis…..there are so many reasons and situations that make a ‘merry’ Christmas very difficult. The Care Team at Mountain View understands and has committed to creating sacred and safe place for those who find this time of light and joy a time of darkness and pain.
Many, many years ago, Advent was actually a somber time of penance. However, over the last couple of centuries, that attitude has been replaced with merriment that was supported by secular culture. Many churches, recognizing that not everyone feels completely jolly as the days grow shorter and colder, began holding a special service on the Winter Solstice which is the longest night of the year, on or about December 21st.
Mountain View recognizes that the ‘blues’ that some of us feel at this time of the year are not due to the shortened days but are caused by life circumstances. This year the Care Team is once again sponsoring a ‘Blue Christmas’ service. This service serves as a moment of healing and hope where those who are facing darkness amid life’s losses can find sacred space. The service will be on December 8th. Dinner will happen at 5:15 in Frasier Parlor with the service starting at 6:15 in the sanctuary. If you would like to join us for dinner, the Care Team asks that you RSVP to the church office so that there will be plenty for all.
We can’t avoid the many and varied emotions of this season. The smiles, surprises and merriment often mask our feelings of loss and darkness. The Blue Christmas Service invites you to a space of quiet and prayer.