Longest Night Service:
Monday, December 20, 2021
6 p.m. in Waveland Hall
In our Northern Hemisphere, the third week of December marks the Winter Solstice. As Summer warmth turned to Autumn’s golden glow, the daylight hours have been getting shorter. The Winter Solstice marks the shortest amount of daylight that we will see all year. The Solstice also marks the longest amount of darkness that we will see all year, which is why we refer to this time of worship as the “Longest Night.” Throughout the season of winter, no matter how cold it gets or how much snow we have, the daylight will get increasingly longer.
Longest Night, then, is a time of celebration. Just when we wonder how dark our lives and our world can get, the earth turns, and daylight begins to creep back. We celebrate the love and care of God as witnessed in creation.
Longest Night is also a day of reflection. The year 2021 has been a year of light and dark, sorrow and joy. We reflect. What has been gained and what has been lost? This is a time to stand still and reacquaint ourselves with the wisdom we have gathered, and just as important, with the One in whom we live and move and have our being.
Longest Night is a time of hope. With the promise of increased daylight, we gather our hopes for tomorrow and set intentions for the New Year.
Come and join with us for candle-lighting, healing prayers, quiet, scripture, communion, and music that acknowledge that God’s Presence is for you and that God’s Word comes to shine light into your life and our world. Reflections will be offered by Jared Wortman, Rushing Kimball, and Jack Mahoney, and Karen Jeske.
This is a worship gathering for all ages. Everyone, regardless of Church affiliation (or lack thereof) is welcome.