Friday, December 21, 2018
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is having a Blue Christmas service at 6:00 pm on
Friday, December 21st. This liturgy is especially for those whose experience
of the Christmas season is not one of cheer and festivity. For many Christmas
can be a profoundly sad and lonely time, a reminder of loss and brokenness. The death or impending death of a loved one, loss of health or employment, family crises, separation or divorce, and depression are some of the many reasons that Christmas can be painful and isolating.
Held on the longest night of the year, the winter solstice, this is a quiet, meditative
service of Holy Communion honoring the birth of Christ. The lighting
of candles offers opportunity for remembrance, reflection, prayer and spiritual
healing. One can grieve knowing they are not alone and be comforted
and strengthened by the love of Christ and those present. In Jesus Christ,
Emmanuel, God is with us. Burdens can be lightened, peace and hope restored.
Come for yourself, for someone you love or for those who suffer around the
world. A light shines in the darkness. All are welcome!