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
> Article from the UMC’s Interpreter [includes order of worship]
> Winter Solstice: Blessing for the Longest Night [Jan Richardson, UMC clergy and artist]
> Worship resources from re:worship [readings, confessions, prayers, etc.]
> Sample flyer from Jonathan Tompkins, Associate Pastor | First United Methodist Church | Myrtle Beach, SC