Thursday, December 28, 2006
‘Blue Christmas’ services attract those who feel depressed
Continued from page SB
cept serves an important
function for tliose who have
lost loved ones, O’Dwyer
Randall said. “The biggest
sigh of relief for people who
are grieving comes when you
name it. When you say, ‘Hey
you’re probably having a
hard year.’ When you say the
pei-son’s name,” she said.
Christine MoU, a mental
health counselor in Buffalo,
N.Y., who has helped two
churches develop holiday
programs for depressed
parishioners, said that aU
the holiday cheer can Tnaks
people dealing with death,
divorce or family dysfunction
feel more out of place, and
“All the glitz, the tinsel,
and what have you, the dec
orations, conjure up that we
all need to be having some
sort of Norman Rockwell
experience,” she said.
The Rev. Emily Richards,
pastor of St. Stephen’s Epis
copal Church in Ridgefield,
Conn., said there has been a
huge response to her
church’s first Blue Christ
‘We have to have the per
fect Christmas and we have
to be happy this time of year
—when the reality is that
we’re not,” she said. “This is
an opportunity for people to
come and be in the presence
of God and acknowledge
their grief and despair and
loneliness and give it to
Some churches refer to
such programs ^ “Longest
Night” services and hold
them on the shortest day—
and therefore, the longest
night—of the year. This year,
that falls on Thursday
‘T find in my ministry that
there’s quite a bit of pastoral
work to be done in Decem
ber. It just seems that what
ever griefs or pain people
have increase in this time,”
said Rev. Cynthia Maybeck,
pastor of the Trinity Church
of Northborough, Mass.,
which has been offering such
services for more than a
decade. “Everything on the
commercials is ‘Ho, ho, ho.
Merry Christmas, such a
season of tidings and great
joy’—and there’s a lot of peo
ple whose hearts are break
Introduction unresloved guilt
Continued from page 5B
ers may have been former pagans who were
being lured back into the worship of idols (see
1 John 5:21).Still others were being tempted
by an early foim of the attractive heresy we
call gnosticism For this reason John empha
sized his pa^onal contact with the human,
Jesus, including seeing and touching (1 John
1:1).John deals with both ^ctremes on the
issue of sin: legalism and license. On the one
hand, John confix)nts a legalism that refuses
to recognize the sufficiency of Jesus to deal
On the other hand, John will not stand for
those who think that they have a license to
sin becaijse they believe that personal right
eousness and lifestyle are unimportant
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J.M. Little, Teacher
The Hope of the early church was the Second Coming of Christ Yes, tfiey looked for His Coming
in their day. My Hope is the Second Coming of Christ, as I said to some in the family yesterday.
What is your hope? What is your hope for eternity? It is so sad to my heart to see these elderly
family members coming down to the grave and they have no hope for eternity. I would hate to go
out into eternity on viriiat you church fo^ have. I would not walk across the room with what you
have. I asked an elderly family nYimber a few years ago; 'What is your hope for eternity?* She
replied: "Sarah..,.” I asked again the second time: “But what is your hope for eternity?” She replied:
"Louise. ..” The third time I asked: "But what is your hope for eternity?” She was mad and snapped
at me: “What is your hope for eternity?!!’ I quietly replied: “Christ and His Blood.” Yes, my Hope is
Christ and His Blood! That’s all! need. You are coming down to the end of life with no hope for
eternity. That is why my heart bleeds night and day. You don’t see the danger you are in and you
refuse to talk to me about Christ. There is no other Salvation but Christ, i would you knew Him. I
know that but for Uie grace of God, I'd be in your shoes. It is only by the grace of God I’m saved!
Yes, His distinguishing grace. Praise the Lord. I've poured out my heart to you family members
over the years with tears in my heart and in my eyes. May my Lord awaken some poor lost soul in
this family. I know there are no hard cases wi^ my Lord. But I know Urat unless God awakens
you, you will go down to a Devil’s Hell. May that not happen to you. Will you turn to Christ? Will
you? Ask the Lord to turn you to Christ and live.
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