Blue Christmas service focuses on hope

Published: Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 5:30 a.m.CDT

The holiday season is often called “the most wonderful time of the year.” Yet for many people this is a difficult time, marked by stress and loneliness.

Broken relationships, ill health, unemployment, the loss of a loved one – all of these can leave people feeling “blue” when it seems everyone around them is focused on being happy.

It can be helpful at such times to acknowledge sadness and know that you are not alone, and to be reminded that the season of Advent is a time of hopeful anticipation of the true joy of Christmas: the birth of Jesus, who brings us peace.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church invites the community to a Blue Christmas gathering at 7 p.m. Dec. 4. The service will include prayers, Scripture, and music that focus on hope and healing. There will be an opportunity to light a candle of remembrance. Light refreshments and conversation will follow in the parish hall. No RSVP is required.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is located at 900 Normal Road in DeKalb. For more information, call the Rev. Stacy Walker-Frontjes at 815-756-4888, or visit www.stpaulsdekalb.org.

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