Christmas Mourning
The Longest Night Worship Service

   Christmas brings memories and feelings. Perhaps it is the memory of a beloved family member or dear friend who has died, and the grief is still real. For others the pain of divorce or a broken relationship brings hurt during this season. Still others may face the anxiety of unemployment or the uncertainty of poor health during this holiday season.

   We can feel very much alone in the middle of all the celebration and family. We might try to avoid gatherings altogether and just grit our teeth and endure the holidays.

   For those who have empty places in their hearts during this holiday time, First Presbyterian Church is offering a worship service of remembrance and hope on December 21, the longest, darkest night of the year. This informal candlelight service will be an opportunity to remember and to acknowledge sadness and grief and to know that you are not alone.

   The service will be in the church sanctuary beginning at 7:00 p.m. Bring a friend or family member, there is no need to dress up, come as you are and receive the strengthening words of hope from the Scriptures. During this longest night, we will be reminded of the Christ Child who comes to bring light and hope. Come to hear and share silent prayers, readings, the Lord's Supper and remember that God's presence is for those who mourn. Light refreshments in Fellowship Hall will follow the short service.

 Please accept this invitation to be with us.