The winter solstice is the longest night of the year and the “long night” can be a metaphor for the entire holiday season. The Blue Christmas service seeks to help those who are in mourning find light. As John 1:4-5 reads, “In Christ was life, and that life was the light of humanity. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not recognized it.”
Christmas can be a very “blue” time for those who are grieving. Loss can take many shapes in our lives; the loss of a significant relationship, the loss of our sense of purpose, the loss of employment, perhaps the loss of our health or that of a loved one, and even the loss of an aspiration or dream.
If you or someone you know is finding Christmas to be a difficult time, Mountain View United Methodist Church invites you to our 2016 Blue Christmas service. There will be a light supper served Thursday December 8th at 5:15 pm in Frasier Parlor. A worship service will follow the supper at 6:15 pm in the Sanctuary.
Many people feel out of step this time of year as others are celebrating and gathering with family and friends. Sometimes we just need space and the time to acknowledge our grief and apprehension and it is good to know that we are not alone in the experience of our sadness during the holiday season. Together, we can use our mutual sorrow as a path to rejoice this Christmas. Together we can acknowledge that it is okay to feel sad during the holidays. Please accept this invitation to be with us and to experience the hope and joy of God’s light that shines ever so bright even in the depths of our darkest night.
Please call the church if you plan to have supper with us so we may prepare the appropriate amount of food or if you need transportation to the church. Also, if you have any questions about the service, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 303-494-5025.