the longest night // blue christmas

the longest night // blue christmas

Advent’s almost here. It’s a time of longing, of anticipation, but also a season that reminds those who have suffered loss, that they are without.

In prepping for a longest night  service, thanks to the crowdsourcing of social media, I’ve gathered together a list of resources from friends across the country.

Hopefully this will be of use to you as you think about the ways to minister to those still grieving in the ways that they do. Share additional resources in the comment section, please!

And special thanks to Shalom Agtarap, Kathy Noble, Deb Avery, Jonathan Tompkin and Jan Richardson for sharing your resources and gifts.

Orders of Worship

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> Version 3

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> Version 5

> Version 6

> Version 7

> Version 8

Additional Resources

> Select passages/readings

> Article from the UMC’s Interpreter [includes order of worship]

> Winter Solstice: Blessing for the Longest Night [Jan Richardson, UMC clergy and artist]

Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas

> Worship resources from re:worship [readings, confessions, prayers, etc.]

> Sample flyer from Jonathan Tompkins, Associate Pastor | First United Methodist Church | Myrtle Beach, SC