The Longest Night: A Blue Christmas Service of Loss, Healing, and Hope

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The Longest Night: A Blue Christmas Service of Loss, Healing, and Hope.
On December 21st 2022 at 7pm, the congregations of St Peter’s Episcopal Church, Sycamore United Methodist Church, Salem Lutheran Church, First Lutheran of Dekalb, Bethlehem Lutheran, and Federated Church of Sycamore will gather together at Salem Lutheran Church (1145 DeKalb Avenue) for “The Longest Night: A Blue Christmas Service ”. This ecumenical time of prayer and worship is open to all God’s children and will feature a joint choir from these area congregations.
 
For the most part, Christmas is a time of celebration and joy. For many, however, this is a difficult time of year. Many people are carrying significant weights: grief, loss, depression, anxiety, financial stress, unemployment, uncertainty, aging parents, sick children, recent diagnoses, unknown illnesses. The public tone of the season does not resonate with many people’s private experience.
This service begins by gathering in honesty about grief, hearing the consolation found in God’s presence and love, and departing with the joy that comes from memory and a sense of shared peace.