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BLUE CHRISTMAS LITURGIES
FOR THOSE LIVING WITH LOSS, DEPRESSION AND STRUGGLE.

“The real meaning of Christmas is not presents, it's more like being met with hope and light in your darkness and that's a message that a lot of us don't hear.” Rev. Wendy Boden-Nelson, - Chicago Tribune.

This Nativity Scene Illustration is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD                    

http://www.vecteezy.com/vector-art/85953-nativity-scene-illustration

Why should my church offer a Blue Christmas worship service?

Examples of  INVITATION TEXTS:



Example of A Poster: http://www.moggill.unitingchurch.org.au/index.php/events/blue-christmas

Example of a Video Invitation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_2v7Hda7tU

Example of ‘Words of Welcome’:

“Welcome to this Blue Christmas, a time when we can, with others, acknowledge the "blue" feelings we have at Christmas time, the reasons for them, and offer them to God. This time has been called the "long dark night of the soul" and "the winter of our discontent" in which memories of past experiences and the pain of present experiences can become overwhelming. For some, Christmas Day is the most difficult. For others, Christmas Eve, or New Years Eve, or the beginning of another lonely New Year. In this service, we'll have some singing appropriate to the Christmas Season, recognizing that this is not a season of joy for everyone. We will invite you to reflect on the pain, the loneliness, and the sadness you may feel and offer it to God for healing and transformation. We pray that you will find hope and comfort in knowing that you are not alone. Always remember that God knows your pain and loves you unconditionally.”

See More: http://telling-secrets.blogspot.com.au/2006/12/o-holy-night.html

LINKS to Blue Christmas Services:

http://www.onemindmentalillnessministry.com/resources.html

http://youngclergywomen.org/blue-christmas-service-when-christmas-hurts/

http://www.buildfaith.org/2012/12/12/a-blue-christmas-service/

http://www.rockies.net/~spirit/sermons/bluexmas.php

http://synodresourcecenter.org/wma/worship/church_seasons/christmas/blue/0001/longest_night.html

http://gsptucson.org/parish/bulletins/BlueChristmas.pdf

http://gracechurchcharleston.org/files/music_pdfs/2010/Blue_Christmas_Service_2010.pdf

http://www.clergyleadership.com/hope/blueChristmas.cfm

http://www.buildfaith.org/2012/12/12/a-blue-christmas-service/

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