White Rock Presbyterian Church hosts a Blue Christmas event at the church at 310 Rover Blvd. in White Rock. Courtesy photo
While the Christmas season is generally one filled with joyful celebration shared with family and friends, for some, their families, neighbors or friends that joyfulness is tempered, or even overcome, by recent loss; by grief, separation, sadness, or by loneliness– all good and genuine emotions that make celebration difficult or impossible in this season.
If people are perhaps seeking a brief respite from the sometimes – unrelenting expectations of joy and celebration and from the overwhelming busyness of this time of year, the White Rock Presbyterian Church would like to share time in quiet companionship, meditation, scripture and song at a service of worship.
The liturgy of the Longest Night, sometimes called Blue Christmas, takes its theme from the calendar when the darkness of long winter nights seems to obscure, and sometimes even overcome, the light of day. A time of quiet and respectful worship reminds us that faith in God, and that the hand of a friend, can offer us peace and hope even in some of the darker and more challenging times of our lives.
The community is invited to join the church for a Longest Night observance at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23 at the church at 310 Rover Blvd. in White Rock with light refreshment, and some friendly conversation to follow.