Blue Christmas Service with Holy Communion
Thursday December 20, 2018
St. Philip Episcopal Church, 5 p.m.

This is a service for those who feel at odds with or estranged from the general feeling of joy and happiness typically associated with this time of year. These may be people who have suffered a personal loss: death of a loved one, divorce, illness, or job loss. The service seeks to comfort them by reminding them they are not alone and that their feelings are honored.

Worshipers will have an opportunity to take part in an a healing ritual through lighting candles, and writing their burden and sharing their painfulness by writing them on bands of cloth that ill be placed in a manger.

There will be contemplative music in keeping with the nature of the service.

-adapted from Building Faith webpage of Virginia Theological Seminary

The Uses of Sorrow
(In my sleep I dreamed this poem)

Someone I loved once gave me
a box full of darkness.
It took me years to understand
that this, too, was a gift.

– Mary Oliver

St. Philip’s is located at 166 Woodland Avenue on the Near East side of Columbus. Call 614.253.2771 for more information.