The Longest Night Service

What: a service of hope, looking forward to the fullness of God’s presence with us and acknowledging our grief, pain, and struggle here and now.

When: Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 7 pm

Where: Hanover Presbyterian Church
732 N. Main St. NE, Newark OH 43055

Who: anyone who’s struggling to find joy in this season – with a special invitation to those grieving a loss, experiencing depression or loneliness, and those who might prefer a quieter, less boisterous service.

Why is this service called ‘The Longest Night’?
Each year, the winter solstice falls on or around December 21 – just before we celebrate Christmas. This date marks the longest night of the year, and the shortest day – but it also marks a turning point. After this longest night, the days begin lengthening again. The service title is a nod to those who are dwelling in their own ‘longest night’, and points to the hope we hold even when things are dark.

What does this service entail?
Although it’s close to Christmas, this service will be quiet, meditative, and interactive – though you can participate as much or as little as you wish. We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper, pray together and pray silently, sing the songs of Advent hope, and listen together for God’s promises to us in the midst of a difficult season.

Why do a service like this at all?
We know that there often isn’t room in the loud celebrations of Christmas for expressing your grief, sadness, loneliness, or struggle. Consider this your space to hold on to hope and acknowledge that not everything is bright and shiny.