Thomaston Baptist Church to hold Longest Night Service

Dec 12, 2012

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.

Not everyone experiences happiness during the Christmas holidays. Dealing with the death of loved ones, facing life after a divorce or separation, coping with a job loss, living with the diagnosis of cancer or other disease, are all examples of human situations that make parties and joviality painful for many people. When facing these difficult circumstances, Christmastime can create conflicted emotions along with an overwhelming sense of sadness.

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. 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 invites everyone to come and be reminded of the light and hope that this season brings. For more information, please contact Rev. Sawyer at the church office: 354-6706. The church is located at 212 Main St. (Route 1) in Thomaston.

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