It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year….Isn’t It?

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” So the old song goes. In many ways that’s true. It is.

And in just as many ways, for just as many people, it is not:

• When you’ve lost someone you love, whether this year or twenty years ago, and you face another Christmas alone
• When someone dear to you is deployed overseas
• When you’ve lost a job or been “down-sized”
• When these uncertain economic times weigh heavy and there won’t be either a Lexus or a Lego under the tree
• When you’re facing a separation or divorce
• When the kids won’t be able to make it home for Christmas or,
• When you can’t be there either

It’s the most “wonderful time,” and it can also feel like the “most loneliest” time, of the year.

So, this year, we will offer a special “Blue Christmas” liturgy on the longest night of the year, Wednesday December 21st at 7:00PM. We will acknowledge those hidden “blue” feelings, light candles, share stories and remember. And we’ll remind each other what we really celebrate this time of year. Emmanuel. God with us. In all things and on whatever path we walk. We are never beyond God’s embrace, and despite appearances to the contrary sometimes, we are not walking our path alone.

Pastor O.

Be sure to join us for all the special Christmas activities and services this year at Epiphany.

December 18: “LIVING NATIVITY” from 6-7PM, complete with manger and real, live farm animals. Carols, candlelight, and a reading of the Christmas story conclude the evening at 7:00PM.

December 21: “Blue Christmas” liturgy @ 7PM

December 24: Christmas Eve worship @ 7:30PM. Candlelight, Carols and Holy Communion

December 25: Christmas Day worship @ 11:00 AM. (Note the change in time)!

About Charles Oberkehr

I am the pastor of Epiphany Lutheran Church of Mount Vernon, an ELCA congregation of the Metropolitan Washington DC Synod.
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