by Peg Calamia-Downing
Join us for the Longest Night
Christmas is not always merry. It can be a painful time of year for some of us. Maybe it’s being away from family or dealing with the death of a loved one. Perhaps you are facing life after divorce, coping with the loss of a job, or living with an illness. We all hurt sometimes. Your hurt may be less personal. Perhaps the materialism of the season gets you down. It can make the parties and merriment painful. It’s amazing how alone a person can feel amid all that celebrating.We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness and concern. We need to know that we are not alone. Our spirits sink as the days grow shorter. We feel the darkness growing deeper around us. We need encouragement to live fully the days ahead of us.
For these reasons, Pilgrim will offer a special “Longest Night” prayer service on Friday, December 21, from 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM. December 21st is the Winter Solstice which is the day of the year with the least amount of sunlight.
Drop in and join with us in sharing and hearing prayers, scripture, and music that acknowledge that God’s presence is for those who mourn and for those who struggle. God’s Word comes to shine light into our darkness. Everyone, regardless of church background (or lack of it), is welcome.
The short service will be followed by a brief time for light refreshments and fellowship.
“Longest Night” prayer service on Friday, December 21, from 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 2592 W. 14th St., Cleveland, Ohio, 44113