The Longest Night
One of the greatest acts of congregational care in the Advent season is to offer a service known as a “Service of the Longest Night.” It’s a worship service scheduled around the winter solstice (the longest night of the calendar year) and it just happens to fall this Thursday - December 21st. It is also the traditional feast day for Saint Thomas the Apostle inviting some connections between Thomas’ struggle to believe the tale of Jesus’ resurrection, the long nights just before Christmas, and the struggle with darkness and grief faced by those living with loss.
Too many Christians make the season of Advent nothing more than a preChristmas celebration. But it can be a time to grapple with human suffering. Including this service amid the other Christmas services, rituals, parties, and obligations is a witness to those who are struggling in our community. It’s a witness to them that the Christ child comes as a sign of hope in the face of despair. And it’s a witness that their church is intentional about upholding members of the community in whatever season of life they may find themselves. Join us this Thursday at 7:00pm in the Chapel.