An Invitation to Pause at Christmas


By Mark Regis, Associate Priest

Posted on December 15, 2016

Life is busy and the lead-up to Christmas is even busier. Deadlines for tasks and obligations rush in. Planning for holiday events requires exquisite time management. Businesses spin out seasonal lights, sounds, and advertisements to maximize their year-end profits, convincing us to take no note of the dreaded post-Christmas credit card statement. Christmas can be a stressful time.

Christmas can also be a lonely time. Cultural expectations of holiday cheer and togetherness go sadly unmet. We remember the painful loss of relationships in our lives, we experience financial burdens and we suffer from the presence of illness. Sometimes this season reveals a silent emotional wound that is hard to articulate to others, or even to ourselves. The Christmas season can rush at a frenetic pace, and at the same time move achingly slow as we become more distinctly aware of our suffering.

In light of these very human realities at this time of year, we offer the Service of Light. This is a Christmas service with a reflective heart, carrying a message of hope for life as it is. We come with our need to decompress from the pace of life. We come with our struggles and stresses. We come with the expectation that Jesus Christ, born into poverty, into danger and vulnerability, into the hectic rush of Bethlehem, can speak into our lives with a promise of everlasting peace this world cannot give. We come as we are.

With candlelight, music, a message, Holy Communion, and the option of individual and confidential prayer, this service invites us to pause and reflect as we center in on the beautiful gift of God given so generously to us at Christmas.

We hope you will join us for the Service of Light on Wednesday, December 21 at 7 p.m.