For many, Christmas time is a bittersweet time of year. For people who are dealing with grief, significant life changes, sobriety, family dysfunction, and other challenges, this time of year can be especially difficult.
“This is also the time of year with the longest nights,” the Rev. Jeffrey Spencer noted, “so on the longest night of the year our congregation offers a special meditative worship service that makes time for remembering, sharing our hurting places with God, and preparing our hearts for the coming of Christ.”
This “Longest Night Service” will be held at Niles Discovery Church on Saturday, December 21, at 7:30 p.m. The service includes special music, scripture, silent reflection, and healing prayer. The service will be followed by a simple time of fellowship for those who wish to participate. Childcare is offered during the service.
“Attendees will be invited light candles during the service as a quiet response and act of prayer,” Pastor Jeff explained. He said that he 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.”
“This is our ‘pre-Christmas’ gift to the community,” he said.