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Blue Christmas: A Service of Lament, Hope, and Healing

blue lights on a Christmas tree

Blue Christmas Service
Sunday, December 20, 7:00pm on Zoom

For many people, Christmas is a difficult and painful time of year. The joy of the season can magnify feelings of loneliness, isolation, and depression. The pandemic has resulted in unimaginable losses this year — loss of life, loss of jobs, loss of day-to-day routines, loss of activities, loss of visiting with friends, loss of pre-covid church, loss of spending the holidays with family, and many other losses. Local, national, and global problems can contribute to feelings of anger, despair, and hopelessness as well.

Blue Christmas is a time to acknowledge such pain, sadness, and grief in a sacred space that reminds us we are not alone. Join us for an intimate Zoom Blue Christmas Service with prayer, readings, music, and candle-lighting as we support one another with compassion and understanding, opening our lives to hope and healing.

The Zoom link will be sent in an email. To get the Zoom link, email us or join our email list if you aren’t already receiving our emails.

Advent and Christmas 2019

Sunday, December 1: Advent begins with Hope
On the first Sunday of Advent, we’ll celebrate with a bilingual service

Sunday, December 8: The Sunday of Peace
The second Sunday of Advent and our Annual All-Church Conference
Refreshments will be served after the 10:00am worship services and the Church Conference will begin at 11:30am. Join us as we celebrate our ministry together and look forward to 2020 and beyond. District Superintendent, Rev. Shinya Goto, will preside at this important meeting. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Sunday, December 15: The Sunday of Joy
We’ll celebrate the third Sunday of Advent with a Christmas lunch provided by the church. You’re invited to bring cookies for dessert.

Thursday, December 19: Las Posada
The celebration begins with a procession holding candles and singing Christmas carols. Meet at Wesley UMC at 6:00pm if you would like to walk. The service will follow at San Jose First UMC from 7:00-9:00pm. Experience the Mexican representation of Christmas with its traditional costumes, Biblical readings, and songs.

Sunday, December 22: The Sunday of Love
The fourth Sunday of Advent

Tuesday, December 24: Christmas Eve at 8:00pm
Special music, carols, juBELLation choir, and candles

La Posada San Jose