The Longest Night

The Winter Solstice, on December 21, is the longest night of the year. Four days before Christmas, Creation itself begs us to pause. This unique worship experience invites people to offer up the hopes and fears of our community and the personal sorrow that we carry alone. We gather in God’s sanctuary - a safer place - when the shadow is deepest so that we are not alone.

The Latin roots of the word Solstice are sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still). Just as the sun has stilled its path, can we stand still long enough for the waves of whatever is coming come. Just as the sun reverses its direction, can we receive the light of a little child, soon to be born in a shack.

You are free to let go. Set aside the pressure to be happy, to have every feeling wrapped up tight, to have every item on checklist finished. Unplug from your devices; check out of the anxious frenzy of our world. Let it all come up. Let it all hang out. Trust that if you cry the people around you can hold you fast. Trust that if you find a surprising tenderness, like a bruise upon your soul, that tonight you will find healing from God. Hold fast to each other at the turning of the tide, the shadow gives way to light.

The Longest Night, 2016
2012 included a visual reflection
to explore the implications of Christmas.