A Service of Light and Longing:
This time of year it can feel like there is so little light due to the short days. Even the twinkling holiday decorations don’t seem to push back the darkness enough. Darkness, of course, is also a Biblical metaphor for the hurts and sin in our lives. Part of our Christian calling is to acknowledge the pain and darkness in our lives and the lives of others so that we can pray for healing and light.
At the Service for the Longest Night, we remember and pray for those who are less than merry at this time of year, ourselves or others. We speak to the things that have wounded us, emotionally, physically, or spiritually and ask for healing. We take time for silence amidst the overwhelming noise of carols, commercials, and consumerism.
We hold this service on, or as close as possible to, the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, when the darkness can feel interminable, but also when it begins to be pushed back again by the newly lengthening days. It is a reminder that even as the darkness has been getting longer and stronger, God has promised that his Light will come. And so on the solstice, we know that the power balance has shifted and the light will once again push back the dark. It is a powerful metaphor. And because we know that Christ is the Light of the World, we know that the darkness will not last forever, that God has promised that we will one day know a world of peace and justice, when God’s kingdom prevails on earth.
Please join us for this deeply spiritual time together to pray for the hurts of ourselves, others, and the world on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 7pm.