Advent and Christmas are seasons of expectation, celebration, and rejoicing. Yet many people still struggle and suffer, for a multitude of reasons: broken families, deep grieving, financial hardship, physical illness, hunger, homelessness, and … the list heartbreakingly goes on.
Some churches have chosen to acknowledge this by offering a Blue Christmas worship service, also called The Longest Night.
Below is a collection of resources for developing such a worship service.
Full worship services:
- A Blue Christmas from First United Church in Kelowna, B.C.
- Blue Christmas Worship from Saint Alban’s Episcopal.
- Longest Night / Blue Christmas order of worship from worshipcloset.com
- Blue Christmas, Process & Faith.
- Blue Christmas / Longest Night resources from the United Methodist Church.
- The Longest Night from the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin Resource Center (ELCA).
- Blue Christmas Worship Resource Index from re:worship
- Hymn and Song Suggestions, Blue Christmas/Longest Night, from Natalie Sims, Singing from the Lectionary.
- Poetry and art, “Winter Solstice: Blessing for the Longest Night,” Jan Richardson, 2011. Use of images.
- “Comfort Your People, Lord,” a hymn by Carlos Wilton
- “How Can We Sing a Joyful Song?“, hymn text by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette