Trinity Episcopal Church of El Dorado will offer a Blue Christmas Service for all people, whether or not they are church members at 4 p.m. Dec. 21.
This quiet service of scripture, hymns, candlelight and healing prayers has been growing in popularity in a number of communities.
While it hurts to admit it, Christmas can be a painful time for some people. It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died, the loss of a job, the first Christmas with children gone from home. It may be a time that has always been difficult. Continual Christmas music on radio and television, in shopping malls and churches, stories about the happiness of the season, and encouragement to be joyful reminds many people of what they have lost. They feel alone in the midst of celebration, but are reluctant to admit it.
The Blue Christmas service gives people permission to grieve and a safe space to acknowledge sadness in the company of others. The service allows people to give their grief to God in quiet and reflection.
The People of Trinity invite everyone who has such needs to attend this service for encouragement, comfort and strength.