Last Sunday, we celebrated our annual Blue Christmas Service. Christmas can be a difficult and painful time for some. It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died. It may be a time that has always been difficult. Whether it is the death of a family `member, relative, or friend, the end of a marriage or relationship, the loss of work, illness, depression, or the moving away away from places that have been secure and welcoming – all these can make us feel very alone in the midst of the celebrating and spending.
A Blue Christmas Service is for those for whom the Christmas season seems more filled with sadness, stress, and loss than celebration. It is a service that centres on God’s gifts of comfort and hope to all who struggle at this time. For all those who struggle and mourn, listen to the readings, reflections, and prayers that affirm the Good News of Christmas – that God’s Word comes to shine light into our darkness: