The Longest Night Service (Blue Christmas)
Tuesday, December 20
12:00 noon and 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel
Advent season is a time of preparation, and as Christians, we need to be reminded that we should be less consumed with preparing for the decorations and gifts of “Christmas” and more concerned about preparing for Jesus, the Christ Child, who is the true gift of Christmas.
We recognize that each of us comes with a whole spectrum of emotions and we acknowledge that it has been a difficult few years for many. It is our hope to meet you right where you are, just as you are. We invite you to the Longest Night service, to rest in the music and message, and let the peace that surpasses our human understanding renew your spirit and remind you of the hope that comes to us through Jesus. Hope that sustains us in times of loss and longing, and in the busy-ness of life and living. There will be candle-lighting and personal prayer to honor anyone who is on your heart and mind, including yourself.
Light the Labyrinth
Wednesday, December 21
5:15-6:15 p.m. beginning in Founders Hall, continuing to the Peace Labyrinth
During the longest nights of the year, flame and candle hold a special significance. It is a time when our hopes and fears collide, and we need some illumination to help us find our way. The Labyrinth is a tool for prayer, a walking journey to help us express those hopes and fears and a place to light a candle in remembrance and expectation. A single candle defies the darkness as we remember again that we are preparing for the true light of Jesus coming into the world, and that light overcomes darkness. Join Rev. Lindy Purdy and Rev. Dan Stark in Founders Hall to receive a walking prayer and a candle before you enter the Peace Labyrinth.