From First United Methodist Church:
Some may wonder what is this and why we would hold this service?
For many people, the approaching Christmas holiday does not bring with it the joy and happiness that is advertised on television or in greeting cards.
They may be facing a holiday after the death of a loved one or after a divorce. Perhaps they have been unable to have a child, have suffered through an emotional trauma, or there has been a significant loss in others areas of their life. Or perhaps they feel pressured and overwhelmed by holiday preparations. The truth is that for some people, Christmas hurts.
This year in particular, we need to make the space and take the time to acknowledge our sadness and concern. We need to know that we are not alone.
And so the Blue Christmas service is a time to share and hear prayers, scripture and music that acknowledges that God is present for those who mourn, for those who struggle, for those who feel lost – and, as we have been hearing from Isaiah, that God’s Word comes to shine light in our darkness.
If you or someone you know is feeling “blue” during this time of year, we invite you to join us at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21 online only on Facebook.com/FirstInYourHeart or YouTube.com/user/FUMCLA.