Along those lines, here's an email I received from Coleen Tully for all who might be interested. Please join us and pass on to others:
St. James Episcopal Church, 101 N. 5th St., Marshall, is offering a “Longest Night Service of Solace” or “Blue Christmas” service on the longest night of the year, December 21 at 8:30 pm.
Christmas can be a painful time for some. It may be the first Christmas without beloved family members, or it may be a time we especially feel the sadness of loved ones lost in years past. Broken relationships, unemployment, poor health, being in recovery from an addiction—all these can make us feel isolated in the midst of the celebrating. The refrains about the happiness of the season, about getting together with family and friends, reminds many people of what they have lost or have never had. Our spirits can sink as days grow shorter and we feel the darkness around us. We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness and concerns. We need to know that we are not alone.
Join us in sharing prayers, scripture and music acknowledging that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle—that God’s love comes to shine light into our darkness. Everyone regardless of church background (or lack of it) is welcome.