Blue Christmas – Sunday, December 6, 5 to 7 pm on the Courthouse lawn
This is the most used adjective to describe 2020. Family, friends, neighbors have experienced unprecedented loss, disappointment, grief. In the midst of unprecedented and unexpected personal and communal difficulty, this is the church’s gift to the world – life grounded in the message that God came and dwelt among us in the midst of hardship. Meaningful rituals of faith enable us to acknowledge our lament, and to move through these feelings with authenticity; and even a measure of healing. God comes near.
You’re invited to a Blue Christmas observance on Sunday, December 6, anytime between 5pm and 7pm, on the Courthouse lawn. It’s an opportunity to extend to our community, and to each other, the loving embrace of our God who grieves with us, and who walks with us through the pain.
You can briefly write out your loss on a light blue luminary bag, hear or read words of lament and comfort, place a small blue led candle inside the bag, and place our luminary alongside others around a Blue Spruce tree so we can “fill the night with… light.”
Expect: 6 feet of physical distancing, face masks required, hand sanitizer provided; and the powerful visual of a tree surrounded by blue lights of grief and loss, yet together lighting up the darkness with hope.
If you cannot come on Sunday, you can still share a message that we’ll write on a luminary bag for you, and place it around the tree on Sunday. Click here.
If coming in person: Please pre-register here.
This year, of all years, we especially need “Blue Christmas”; a time to pause, to remember, to hurt, to grieve, to hope… and to heal.
- Your friends at Leesburg United Methodist Church