I’d like to invite you to join us on the longest, darkest night of the year at our Blue Christmas service. Blue Christmas is an evening of worship for those experiencing grief, sadness, loneliness, and loss this Christmas season — and for those who stand in solidarity with them, weeping with those who weep.
Many of us enter the Christmas season thinking about our losses. The death of a loved one, financial strain, illness or injury, a breakup or divorce, difficulties at work and dysfunctional relationships at home can leave us feeling lonely, unloved, and lost. It can be so hard to sing those joyful Christmas songs when so much has gone so wrong.
But what if facing up to what has gone wrong is actually the whole reason for Christmas? What if Jesus came into the world for this very purpose: to comfort the afflicted, to care for the downcast, to face our sorrows with us, and destroy death? Christmas is a holiday of joy only if Jesus came into the world to deal with our greatest griefs and sorrows. Only then can we sing for joy even in our sorrows: because Jesus came to conquer suffering and give us a lasting hope. At Midtown, we are a community learning to grieve our losses by clinging to our hope: that Jesus entered our world to love the hurting and to make all things right again.
We’d love for you to join on December 21 at 7:00pm as we seek bright hope for tomorrow despite today’s many griefs.