Here is the latest Blue Christmas prayer service I wrote for this year. Feel free to use with attribution!
Call to Worship
One: As we move through the shadows where light finds no home,
Many: God is sauntering with us.
One: As we journey through the desert without direction or goal,
Many: God is wandering with us.
One: As we endure life in the space between grief and joy,
Many: God is trekking with us.
One: Whether we abide in the wilderness or promised land,
Many: God escorts us.
Loving God, Divine Sojourner, in our minds we know you are always our partner and you are forever present. Yet in the depths of despair, we can’t always sense your presence. We move about this earth with the desire that you see us. We cry in our grief, hoping that you will hear the lament of our hearts. As you hold us in the palm of your hand, open our souls in order for us to know the extent of your care in our lives. Amen.
Hymn Suggestion “In the Bleak Midwinter”
Scripture Psalm 88:3-7
Some of us are in the depths of the Pit, God of Deliverance. Our hearts are swallowed by grief, and our souls overflowing with despair. As the shadows hide your presence, call us with a different voice and reach to us with different hands. May our seasons of despair evolve from times of loneliness to times of comfort. Amen.
Scripture Psalm 130
Divine Heart of Mercy, in your steadfast love you call us along the journey from despair to hope. Allow us to see the trickles of light trespassing on shadow’s spaces. May slivers of expectation move us into places filled with your warm promises. Amen.
Scripture Psalm 91
Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer
Poem Suggestion Howard Thurman’s “I Will Light Candles This Christmas”
Lighting of the Candles
Suggested Closing Hymn “Silent Night”
One: Even when lights have been dimmed
And shadows have lengthened,
God is near.
May the fragments of light and slivers of hope
Nudge all of us to take small steps into Divine anticipation!