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  • Writer's pictureRev. Dr. Jesse G. Mabanglo

A Service of the Longest Night

For many people, the Christmas season is a time of joy and celebration. But for many others, this season is bittersweet due to the loss of a loved one, loneliness, financial difficulties, family being far away or life being overwhelming. Because the Christian faith offers light, healing, and hope, First Presbyterian Church of Montrose is hosting a “Service of the Longest

Night” on the longest night of the calendar year which is the winter solstice.

On Thursday, Dec. 21, at 5:30 p.m., I along with lay leaders will be conducting this service, which is open to all in the community, especially those who find the holiday season difficult. This worship service holds up those in our congregation and in our community who have lost loved ones, who are burdened by life’s difficulties, who are experiencing serious health

issues serious illness, or just feel overwhelmed. This service is also for those who are supporting and walking alongside those who are having a tough time.

The Service of the Longest Night will provide a quiet time for reflection with prayers, songs, scriptures, and candle lighting. All worshippers will be invited to light a candle as a symbol of Christ coming into the darkness of mourning.

It is our fervent hope that this service will remind us again that God came into the world to save us, and that God still uses Christmas to extend this invitation of grace. Communion is open to all, but not required of anyone. No contribution or donation is expected.

Warmly in Christ,




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