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‘Longest Night’ offers up time for reflection


Dear Editor,

St. John's Episcopal Church in Dryden has scheduled their "Longest Night Service" on Thurs., Dec. 20 at 7 p.m.

Each year this service is planned to remind everyone that even in dark times of our lives the light of Christ continues to shine in world.

The constant refrain on radio and television, in shopping malls and churches, about the happiness of the season, about getting together with friends and family, reminds many people of what they have lost or have never had.

The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health or the pain of isolation can make us feel very alone in the midst of the celebrating and spending.

There is a need for space and time to acknowledge our sadness and concern, and an opportunity to realize that we are not alone.

This "Longest Night Service" offers a chance to come together to share prayers, scripture and music that acknowledges God's presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle —and that God's Word comes to shine light into our darkness.

The membership of St. John's invites everyone, regardless of church background, to join them for this service of light. The church is located at 4074 South Mill St. in Dryden. Parking is available at the back of the church off Union Street.

St. John's Episcopal Church members, Dryden
December 12, 2007

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