St. Peter’s sets Longest Night service Dec. 20

December 13, 2023

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Lewes invites everyone seeking prayer and contemplation to its Longest Night service at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 20, in person at the sanctuary at 200 Second St. in downtown Lewes.

Each year around Dec. 21, the Earth’s northern pole reaches its maximum tilt away from the sun, creating the shortest day and longest night for those in the northern hemisphere. At the same time, many folks who are going through trying times of loss and grief may feel disconnected from the joyful spirit of the season. Feeling out of sync with holidays such as Christmas and New Year’s Day can compound feelings of isolation and sadness. Perhaps it is the first Christmas since the loss of a loved one or the anniversary of their passing. Maybe a long-term relationship has failed or a job has been lost. In the midst of all the holiday frenzy, some feel left out as they endure the long night of the soul.

In this service, participants can lay their burdens before God as they gather together to pray. Attendees will recall the loving kindness of a God who never gives up on people as they offer up their pain, sadness and loneliness, and seek consolation and comfort. In offering this service, organizers pray and hope that all who participate will find peace and consolation in knowing they are not alone, and they are beloved by God.

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