St. Andrews Episcopal Church invites you to attend its annual Blue Christmas celebration. The joyousness of the Christmas Season blared from all the media, talk of getting together with family and friends, reminds many people of what they may have lost or in some cases never had. The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of a loss of job, ill health, the pain of isolation, loss of a family member, loss of a spouse to share with, the loss of a dear pet—all this and more can be part of feeling alone, of “feeling blue” in the midst of the society around us which appears to us bent on “being happy” and “celebrating.” There are years when we hurt at Christmas time and just can’t get into the prescribed festivities.
It’s at such times that we need to make the space and take the time to acknowledge our sadness and concerns. We need to know we are not alone. So come to a brief service on Sunday December 17 at 4pm at St. Andrews Parish to join in and listen to prayers and scripture that acknowledge that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who are experiencing struggles. God’s Word comes to shine light into our darkness regardless of where we are at, and we can lay our burdens before our savior and mediator at the time of year when we celebrate His birth.
Please accept this invitation to be with us, hopefully a time to experience the hope that is Christmas. The doors will be open to all—feel free to invite others to come with you, as your support, or if you know they too are hurting at Christmas. If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Dr. Jane Clark at St Andrews (847) 223-2310.