Longest Night Service
During this season of Advent, in every aspect of our worship and programming, we are contemplating the concept of “A Weary World Rejoices.” There is undoubtedly much to rejoice about: we are gifted with wonderful family and friends, we have fun and joyful programs we can participate in, and most of us are blessed with homes and delicious food to eat. Other times, each of us has moments where we are feeling more weary than joyful. We are called to name these feelings, especially when we are going through a difficult season of life, whether because of the loss of loved one or job, lack of direction, difficult family relationships, mental illness, or at a loss about what to do to help a hurting world.
That is what our Longest Night service is all about.
On December 21, we will have our Longest Night service in the Chapel. The Longest Night service is a contemplative and reflective gathering that takes place on the winter solstice – quite literally the longest night of the year. It is designed to provide solace and support for those who find this a difficult time of the year.
While the holidays are often associated with joy, celebration, and togetherness, many of us experience a sense of loss, grief, or loneliness during this time. The Longest Night service honors these feelings, creating a space to acknowledge this season in our lives. During the service, everyone will be invited to engage in reflection and prayer as we sit together with our weariness. As we name and validate those emotions for ourselves, we invite you to find community with like-minded people.
The Longest Night service is inclusive and open to everyone. It serves as a reminder that, even in the midst of holiday festivities, there is a space for acknowledging and honoring the diversity of our feelings this season.
If you or someone you know may benefit from this service, please consider attending or inviting others to our Longest Night service. All are welcome as we navigate this season together.
Wishing you peace and comfort during this season of Advent.