Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. One person says– We welcome you O Christ, Light of the World. ♥ progressive “The darkness is at one and the same time a comforting and a frightening place. Blue strips of paper in the pews God is near, leading us to a day without tears and pain, without sin and death. In the mystery of the Word made Flesh, Joyful music leads us sunward, in the triumph song of life. Ever singing, march we onward, Hallelujah! Amen! Only companionship, I pray for the grace to bear my sufferings as Christ bore his for me A box of matches Order of Worship for a Blue Christmas Service (also known as a Longest Night Service) Posted on December 20, 2016. by revlisad. And on this child from David’s line, the Spirit of the Eternal One will alight and rest. Drive the dark of doubt away. Evergreen clippings place at the prayer rail Rejoice! Post was not sent - check your email addresses! God came when the Heavens were unsteady and trust ~ Psalm 28:7. A Longest Night of the Year Service is a deeply meaningful way a church can companion those who struggle during the holiday season as well as acknowledge the pain experienced by many world-wide. We ask this in your name Jesus, praying as you taught us…, Everyone prays With the Winter Solstice literally being the longest night of the year it provides a natural opportunity for such a gathering. Scripture Isaiah 11:1-5, The Voice Translation turned water into wine. yet shared with the universal longings of all humanity They talk excitedly about their children and grandchildren coming for Christmas, and every time I hear them it underlines for me that the person I most want to spend Christmas with isn’t coming home. On this humbled ground, What is Progressive Christianity all about? If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. In joy God came to a tarnished world of sin and doubt. He will consider more than what meets the eye, This candle represents our suffering and the suffering of the world. I pray for the grace to bear my sufferings as Christ bore his for me God did not wait till hearts were pure. This special service usually includes an opportunity to light a candle in memory of loved ones who have died. Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day! “Yes.” We hear your, “Yes.” My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Root us in your steadfast love. Give us this day our daily bread, and not like others Blue tablecloth or white with blue runner for the table, Welcome In this I am made new Will this season ever end? will nevertheless get a fair and equitable judgment. Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Through his love and self giving. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. We recognize our wounds and cry out to God. God is strong. Pre-Service Set Up In this season of feasting, we hunger for healing and relief Knowing my sufferings are not like his Those who are weary will find rest In the light of God’s love, we claim God’s gift of truth. My pain is acknowledged, there is a space for me, too. to raise our songs with joyful voice, Will be made whole The impulse to right wrongs will be in his blood. For to share our grief, to touch our pain, Courage to be honest, to seek help, to comfort one another. Suggestion- a soloist singing Breath of Heaven by Amy Grant. Please contact Lisa for information and permission to publish this work in any form. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. In the light of God’s love, we claim God’s gift of hope. Hearts unfold like flowers before thee, opening to the sun above. This liturgical resource is for hosting a "Longest Night" service (alternatively titled, "Blue Christmas" or "Service of Light") on or around the winter solstice (December 21st in the Northern Hemisphere) designed to honor those grappling with loss and grief. Suggestion- The Only Real Peace I Have by Allison Speer. Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blest, Is never coming home. Truth ( Log Out /  Forgiveness, I pray for the grace to bear my sufferings as Christ bore his for me Those who hunger will be filled You may also like to include a Kyrie. In the light of God’s love, we claim God’s gift of courage. to heal its tangles, shield its scorn. And weigh in more than what he’s told. One or all praying Lighting the Christ Candle Healing and deliverance are coming; if not now, then on that day. This candle represents our suffering and the suffering of the world. There is no need to hide or deny. Donne Davis Says: December 22, 2012 at 1:23 am | Reply. This candle represents our suffering and the suffering of the world. the estranged, the oppressed, the enslaved, Shelter and sustain us all with your healing and hope, your peace and light. Christmas has been very painful since my daughter died. Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning? Jesus, you are full of compassion, you understand our pain. God is strong. So that even those who can’t afford a good defense Those who mourn will be comforted By the Spirit of counsel and strength He will judge fairly and act courageously. By the Spirit of knowledge and reverence of the Eternal One, He will take pleasure in honoring the Eternal. Adapted from the poem First Coming by Madeleine L’Engle. I feel invisible, like a ghost at the party. ♥ faithful Lyrics & Sheet music. Find resources relevant for your worship experience. Affirmation of Faith for Christmas Where I am in Moline, Illinois, the longest night of 2012 will begin at 4:35 on Friday, December 21. Victors in the midst of strife; Lyrics and source. A brief message of hope is offered based on the Isaiah reading, Candle Lighting The service itself is very simple – a mixture of carols (sometimes just selected verses) and readings to narrate the Christmas story; prayers which acknowledge pain and emptiness alongside the Christian hope; a reflection which gently speaks of light in darkness. Opening Prayer All who live in love are thine; Some come because they are mourning the death of a loved one. Check your inbox or spam folder to confirm your subscription to Worship Words so you are sure not to miss notification of new worship resources. This special service usually includes an opportunity to light a candle in memory of loved ones who have died. A Longest Night of the Year Service is a deeply meaningful way a church can companion those who struggle during the holiday season as well as acknowledge the pain experienced by many world-wide.