What is Blue Christmas?
Blue? Yes, blue as in the blues. As in “I am feeling blue.” Not everyone is up and cheery for the Christmas holidays. Dealing with the death of a loved one, facing life after divorce or separation, coping with the loss of a job, living with cancer or some other disease that puts a question mark over the future, and a number of other human situations make parties and joviality painful for many people in our congregations and communities. There is a growing attentiveness to the needs of people who are blue at Christmas. Increasing numbers of churches are creating sacred space for people living through dark times. Such services are reflective, accepting where we really are, and holding out healing and hope. (from – www.umcdiscipleship.org)
First United Methodist Church, Wichita will gather in the Wilke Family Life Center on December 20 at 7:00 p.m. for a Blue Christmas worship service. Rev. Tal Titsworth, Rev. Cindy Watson, Leslie Coates, will guide us through a celebration of the season as experienced in grief and uncertainty.