For many people, the approaching Christmas holiday does not bring with it the joy and happiness that is advertised on television or in greeting cards. They may be facing a holiday after the death of a loved one or after a divorce. Perhaps they have been unable to have a child, or have suffered through an emotional trauma or physical illness. Or perhaps they feel pressured and overwhelmed by holiday preparations.
The Service of Light is one way our church family remembers those who experience a loss of joy this holiday season. Designed to move from darkness to hope, the music, readings and candle lighting in the warmth of community open us to God’s quiet presence. We pray that our lives will be graced with the true gifts of the season, a peace which surpasses all understanding; Love Divine and encouragement that sustains us through the longest night.
The Service of light was first held in 2001, a response to our collective grief in the wake of 9/11. Since then, church members, neighbors and friends come for a given year or return yearly to find a still point in the midst of the seasonal rush or to remember. This year it may be a personal challenge, family grief or community tragedy that calls you forth to light a candle.
The Ripley Chapel Service of Light is open to everyone. Consider supporting a loved one or friend having difficulties by inviting them to join you. For a ride, email Kathleenzag@gmail.com or call the Health Ministry Office at (781) 729-9180 ext: 106 by Dec 17.