Rev. Bob Thompson is holding a Blue Christmas service at Trinity United Church in Vernon.

Rev. Bob Thompson is holding a Blue Christmas service at Trinity United Church in Vernon.

Church hosting Blue Christmas service

Blue Christmas is a time for those who enter the Christmas season facing loss, loneliness, brokenness

Christmas is a happy time of year, filled with bustle, family, friends and celebrations.

But for some, that joy can highlight losses they are experiencing – a loss of a loved one, a broken relationship, loss of employment, loss of health, loneliness – to name a few. For them, this holiday season can bring sorrow and pain.

Memories of happier times, now gone, can over-shadow this season. We can feel very much alone in the midst of all the sharing and celebrating.

Blue Christmas, a time for those who enter the Christmas season facing loss, loneliness, brokenness, takes place Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Trinity United Church (3300 Alexis Park Dr.).

“We do need to remember, to give thanks for what has been, to find the space and place to acknowledge the sadness and concern we now feel, to discover that we are not alone, perhaps to find glimmers of hope for the future,” said Rev. Bob Thompson.

“For all of these reasons we need time for ourselves: we need to acknowledge our losses without feeling that we are putting a burden on others; we need to hear words that might give us courage, strength, and hope.”

Blue Christmas is a brief worship service to hear and share prayers, readings and music that can help to remember that we are not alone and to recognize that even in brokenness and pain, we can find glimmers of light in our darkness, and rays of hope for the future.

The annual Blue Christmas service is followed by a short reception in the church hall.