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First Presbyterian Church River Forest Offers "The Darkest Night" Christmas Service on December 21
A Reflective Worship Service Acknowledging Loss and Grief During Christmastime
The Darkest Night service is a Christmas service for those who find Christmas difficult, held on the winter solstice and longest night of the year, December 21. Unlike traditional Christmas services, this service will have a more quiet and somber feel with scripture, music and meditations focusing on the comfort God offers during dark times. A time to acknowledge the sadness and darkness with the reassurance light and hope of Jesus.
"Christmas is a celebration of Jesus' birth, but the forced joyfulness in our society can also make it a painful time for some," explained Paul Detterman, senior pastor. "This time of year, we are surrounded by a constant refrain of family, gatherings, celebrations, and gifts/affluence. For people grieving or in pain, this isn't always a happy time of year. The Darkest Night service is a place to be authentic, to acknowledge the sadness and to remember there is a light in the midst of the darkness."
Open to all, regardless of religious affiliation, the Darkest Night service is a reflective service with a quiet and somber feel. With scripture, music, and meditations, it will focus on the comfort God offers during dark times.
About First Presbyterian Church of River Forest
First Presbyterian Church of River Forest has been an integral part of the River Forest community since 1887. First Pres, serving communities from Chicago to Elmhurst, is dedicated to growing as apprentices of Jesus Christ to reflect God's love.
For more information, contact First Pres at (708) 366-5822, or visit firstpresrf.org (http://www.firstpresrf.org).