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A “Blue Christmas” Service of Hope Planned at Christ United Methodist Church

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What is a Blue Christmas Service?

In USAmerica, the period of time between the holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas Day is culturally known as the Christmas/Holiday season. This period of time can be a painful time for many of us and our neighbors. It may be the first Christmas without a loved one who has recently died. With economic conditions in our country it may be a difficult time because a family may be dealing with the loss of a job, isolation from former coworkers, feelings of being rejected, a loss of steady income and anxiety about what the future holds for them.

The constant refrains on radio and television about the happiness of the season or about getting together with family and friends reminds many people of what they have lost, what/who they are missing and the brokenness in their lives. Although we are bombarded with invitations for joy and merriment during this time of the year, when people have experienced some significant loss or have another reason for sadness, they often feel isolated and cannot bring themselves to be cheerful. That leads to feelings of anger and guilt because of their emotions being out of sync with the cultural mood; what is happening inside of us does not ring true and genuine with the joy we are expected to feel and experience around us.

A service of “Blue Christmas” provides the space and time to acknowledge our human feelings, to meet others who experience similar emotions, and to encourage one another to find ways to cope and to reinvent ourselves in the days ahead of us. It will be a quiet service of reflection, hope and joy. It will be a service where we can express our discontent to God, and make room for the emotional peace we need to find and feel this season.

All are invited to join us for a Blue Christmas Service, Friday, December 14, 2012, at 5pm, at Christ United Methodist Church located at 401 High Street, Chestertown, MD. If you have any questions, please call the church office at 410-778-0911.

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