Thomaston Baptist Church to hold Longest Night Service
THOMASTON — On Friday, Dec. 21, the longest night of the year, Thomaston Baptist Church will hold an hour-long, contemplative service to acknowledge the feelings of grief, loss and sadness that some people may experience during the holidays.
Although the Christmas season is thought of as a time of celebration, excitement, and happiness by many, this time of joy and expectation can often overshadow the pain and hurt that many people are experiencing during the holidays.
The Longest Night Service will recognize that sometimes the holidays bring feelings of sadness, but that faith, friends and community can bring hope and healing during a difficult time.
This year’s service will be held at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary at 212 Main St. The service will include music and prayer, scripture readings and a time of candle lighting in memory of losses and hopes. Rev. Wayne Sawyer will lead the service and the public is invited to come and be reminded of the light and hope that this season brings.
Service of solace in Union
UNION — On Sunday, Dec. 23 at 6:30 p.m., Peoples United Methodist Church in Union, will offer a Blue Christmas service, also known as a Service of Solace.
A Blue Christmas service is a source of peace and solace to all who have experienced loss — through death, divorce, illness, depression, and any other life challenges — and for those under stress during the holiday season who need a time of rest. With singing, Scripture readings, and prayer, this service invites those who attend to take time for themselves and to find comfort in at a difficult time.
There will be light refreshments following the service. For further information please feel free to call Pastor George Hodgkins at the church office, 785-4114. People's United Methodist is located just off Union Common at 21 Depot St., behind the post office.
Three Christmas celebration services
ROCKLAND — Aldersgate United Methodist Church, located on Route 17 in Rockland, overlooking Chickawaukie Pond, announces three services in celebration of the Christmas season.
On Sunday, Dec. 23 at 11 a.m., there will be a celebration in song. In addition to the Chancel Choir, the service will include not only singing familiar carols, but also learning about their origins and meanings.
On Monday, Dec. 24 at 6 p.m., Christmas Eve Service is multi-generational and will include participation from many as the Christmas story is retold and the Nativity Tableau is recreated with live participants. Children, grandparents, friends are encouraged to join in the pageant and the closing Candlelight Service. Small children will have little electric lights to hold.
At 11 p.m. the Christmas Eve Communion and Candlelight Service will welcome the babe quietly and reverently.
Christmas Eve service at Nativity
ROCKPORT — The public is invited Monday, Dec. 24 to celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. There will be pre-service music starting at 6:15 p.m., followed by a Candlelight Service at 7 p.m. Pastor Jerry LiaBraaten and the entire Nativity congregation wish everyone a blessed Christmas.
Nativity Lutheran Church is located at 179 Old County Road, Rockport.
St. Thomas' services
THOMASTON — St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, 33 Chestnut St. offers two Christmas Eve services: at 4:30 and 10:30 p.m. The Rev. John Rafter preaching.
On Tuesday, Dec. 25 at 9:30 a.m., the church will offer a Christmas Day service of Holy Eucharist. For more information, call 236-3680, firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the fourth Sunday of Advent, December 23rd, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rockland welcomes, as guest priest, Rev. David Bruce. The 8 am service will be Holy Eucharist Rite I and the 10:30 am service will be Holy Eucharist Rite II with Advent hymns. Rev. Bruce is from West Bath, Maine. He was ordained in 1977 and has served congregations in Canada, Japan, Scotland, and England, as a US Navy Chaplain, as well as Okinawa, Japan. Fr. Bruce has worked with Sweetser since 2010.
Candlelight Christmas Eve service
CAMDEN — Chestnut Street Baptist Church hosts its annual Candlelight Christmas Eve Service on Monday, Dec. 24, starting at 6 p.m.
St. Peters' services
ROCKLAND — On Christmas Eve, there will be two services at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 11 White St.
The 4:30 p.m. service for children and families will be lead by guest priest Rev. Jeff Lewis. The Children’s Sunday School will present a Nativity play written and directed by Rebecca Cox, a member of the Sunday School. The service will include sacred dance to the music “Go Tell it On The Mountain” taught by Lucia Elder, a procession of Magi singing “We Three Kings” and a solo by Leila Chammas, as an angel singing “What Child Is This?” The service will also include Holy Eucharist. Dorothy Nyman will serve as organist.
The second service at 10 p.m. will be a choral Holy Eucharist Rite II. Rev Lewis will officiate. Scott Dyer will serve as organist.
There is no service Christmas morning.
The Christmastide services on Sunday, Dec. 30 will be lead by guest priest Rev. Ted Kanellakis of Camden. The 8 a.m. service will be Holy Eucharist Rite I and the 10:30 a.m. service will be Holy Eucharist Rite II with Christmas hymns.
Synagogue sponsors Christmas meals
ROCKLAND — Members of Adas Yoshuron Synagogue and other volunteers are getting ready for the 23rd Annual Christmas Day Community Dinner. The meal, which features appetizers, roasted turkey with all the homemade trimmings, and an array of delicious desserts, will be served at noon at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at the corner of White and Limerock streets in Rockland. The meal is free to the public; all are welcome.
Additionally, synagogue members will continue their tradition of coordinating the Christmas Day Meals on Wheels for Knox and Lincoln counties. The effort will be based at the Methodist Conference Home on Summer Street in Rockland. Food preparers and drivers will be in the kitchen cooking and plating the holiday meals, and drivers will deliver the hot meals to people in their homes throughout the area. The synagogue crew will also be serving a midday Christmas meal to residents of the Methodist Conference Home.
For more information on attending these holiday meals, or to help out on Christmas Day with the meal at St. Peter’s or Meals on Wheels, please contact Adas Yoshuron Synagogue, 594-4523, email@example.com.