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Beautifully wrapped presents with dazzling bows, Christmas trees with tinsel and lights, parties, carols about jolly and happy people, crowds in the stores and streets, baking visiting and more demands than one can possibly keep up with. Cries of “Merry Christmas” and non-stop caroling contrast with the feelings of many people at this time of year.
For those suffering from loss and for those whose families are in crisis, it can be a very isolated and dreary time. Every greeting and every song reminds the grief-stricken of how unhappy life is at this moment. This time of the year can be met with dread with no room for the cheer and excitement others experience during the holiday season.
St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church wants to provide a place for those struggling with grief, heartache or loneliness this holiday season by holding a Blue Christmas service on Sunday, Dec. 23, at 6 p.m. The service will include prayer, Scripture readings, contemporary music and a chance to come together with others in the healing love of “Immanuel, God with us.”
Call the church office at 433-2911 for more information.