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Blue Christmas service offers hope

Staff writer

Not everyone’s Christmas season is filled with joy and celebration.

Those dealing with death of a loved one, loss of a job, or other sorrow can find it difficult to navigate through the season.

Valley and Eastmoor United Methodist churches in Marion will hold a comforting service for those whose hearts are heavy at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at Valley United Methodist Church, 300 Santa Fe St.

“It serves as a service of remembrance,” Eastmoor pastor Ross Baker said. “While this season leading up to Christmas is often full of joy, excitement, and happiness, at the same time it is also a season where many experience grief and sadness, especially those who have lost loved ones.”

During the service, participants light a candle, pray, celebrate communion, hear scripture, and sing, all in remembrance of loved ones or for support in difficult times.

“It serves as an acknowledgment that while there may be great sadness, mourning and darkness in the world, there is a hope to hold onto in this season as well, and that hope is Jesus,” Baker said.

All are welcome to attend, regardless of church membership.

Last modified Dec. 7, 2016

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