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A Longest Night Gathering | December 21 @ 5:00p
on Facebook Live

There’s an Advent tradition within Western Christianity of inviting people to come together for the Longest Night, a night around the time of the winter solstice, when there are more hours of darkness than light. It’s a time to come together for prayers and laments, to mourn the losses and griefs of the year, to let the tears flow for the hurting places in our own lives, as well as for our country and our world. Known also as “Blue Christmas,” a Longest Night Gathering is a safe and sacred space to share anguish, to plead with God to remember us, to pray for justice and restoration, even to hope against hope, through our doubts and tears and fears, that God will set things right all over the earth.

You are invited to join us for a time of worship, to offer your own prayers of lament, as we share our grief and cry out to God together.

In preparation for worship, please gather 4 strips of cloth or paper large enough to write prayers on and a marker.

“I shall look at the world through tears. Perhaps I shall see things that dry-eyed I could not see.”
—Nicholas Wolterstorff
“May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy.”
—Psalm 126

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