For those who have experienced loss, the holidays can be a particularly painful time, stirring up grief in acute ways. As a result, churches around the world have adopted the practice of having a “Blue Christmas” or a “Longest Night” service during the Advent season. In the Northern hemisphere, this service is often observed on December 21, the Winter Solstice, which is the longest night of the year.
A Longest Night service is designed to provide space for prayer, reflection, and remembrance amidst the holiday hustle and bustle. In this pandemic season of life, we imagine that grief and loss will be magnified and nearly universal, and a service like this may be needed now more than ever. Therefore, we hope that this evening can be a gift to individuals and community alike, providing a space of calm, quiet, and healing.
We'll gather on Wednesday, December 21st at Noon at Audubon Park Church for this service of healing and hope. The service will also be available on Facebook, YouTube, on our church website beginning at 9am on December 21st.