It’s hard to sing “Joy to the World” when sadness engulfs your heart. The reality of life—memories of the past and the pain of the present—can leave many of us feeling less than joyful in December. It might be the death of a loved one, a discouraging diagnosis, a job loss, a family crisis, or the continuing impact of the pandemic. These challenges are all very much a part of life. Healing rituals like a Blue Christmas Service acknowledge painful realities and help us re-connect with the redeeming and reconciling love of God in Jesus Christ.
As a community of women, we have committed ourselves to promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society, and the world. How can we do that for those who are sad or suffering this season? We will gather on the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere—the Winter Solstice—December 21. Into God’s presence, we will bring whatever weighs us down: grief, fear, or loss. And we will be fed by the words, the music, and prayers.
Register now to attend the third annual Blue Christmas service hosted by Women of the ELCA. Spanish translation will be provided. The service (webinar) will take place at 7 p.m. CST on Wednesday, December 21, 2022, via Zoom. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.