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Fri, Dec 21


Harrison UMC

Longest Night Service

For many, the holiday season doesn't not bring with it joy, cheer, and hope. For many, it brings with it darkness, sorrow, renewed grief, and a seemingly unbearable feeling of hopelessness. This service is for them.

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Longest Night Service
Longest Night Service

Time & Location

Dec 21, 2018, 6:30 PM

Harrison UMC, 5621 TN-58, Harrison, TN 37341, USA

About the Event

A Longest Night Service or Service of the Longest Night, sometimes also known as a Blue Christmas Service or Service of Light, held on or around the eve of the winter solstice (around December 21), is a modern Christian religious service designed to temper the struggle with darkness and grief faced by those living with loss. Loss may include the death of a loved one, divorce or separation, separation from family or friends by distance or emotion, the loss of a job, living with serious illness, and any number of additional reasons which may leave you feeling sad or alone during the holidays. If you feel this way, then this service is for you. We will not tell you to cheer up. We will not tell you to pull yourself up by your bootstraps. We will not point out all the reasons why the world would tell you to be happy. No. During this service, we share in your grief, in your anguish, and in your sorry. During this service, we mourn with you, we weep with you, we struggle with you. Most of all, during this service, we recognize that you have every right to feel the way that you do, and strive to show you that you aren't alone.

So you, yourself come, or invite and bring someone to whom this service might bring comfort. Allow them and/or yourself a respite from being reminded how cheerful we should all be, and thus even further isolated from the world. We are here with you in this time.

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