“This may be one of the most important gifts we give the wider community,” Pastor Jeff said, speaking of the Longest Night Service.
For many, Christmas time is a bittersweet time of year. For people who are dealing with grief, significant life changes, sobriety, and other challenges, this time of year can be especially difficult. This is also the time of year with the longest nights, so on the longest night of the year Niles Discovery Church offers a special, meditative worship service that makes time for remembering and sharing our hurting places with God. The structure of the service helps people open their hearts to hope.
The December 21 service is held in the sanctuary at Niles Discovery Church, 36600 Niles Blvd., Fremont, at 7:30 p.m. The liturgy, honed over the years by Pastor Jeff, includes special music, scripture, silent reflection, candle lighting, and healing prayer. The service will be followed by a simple time of fellowship for those who wish to participate.
The highlight of the service seems to be the lighting of candles. It is a quiet response to the scripture readings and an act of prayer. Pastor Jeff hopes that the service will provide a space for people “to release their anger, face their emptiness, have a good cry (if that’s what they need), and know that God cares.”
You may benefit from this service. You may have friends and neighbor who would benefit from this service. Consider extending a personal invitation to this service and come with them as a supportive friend.