The Christian members of the Dover Area
Religious Leaders Association (DARLA) present a
“Blue Christmas Service” on Sunday evening,
December 17 th at 7pm at Holy Trinity Lutheran
Church (22 Fox Run Road in Newington).
Cries of “Merry Christmas!” and non-stop
caroling contrast with the feelings of many people at
this time of year. For those suffering from the recent
or impending death of loved ones and for those
whose families are in crisis, it can be a very isolated
and dreary time. The loss of employment or
financial security are felt acutely at this time of year.
Every greeting and every song reminds the grief-
stricken or struggling of how unhappy life is at this
moment.
Many churches have begun to recognize that
Festivals of Lessons and Carols, celebrations of
Christmas, and children’s pageants do not meet
everyone’s needs. To fill this gap, churches offer a
Blue Christmas service.
People who are not having a very merry
Christmas, and friends who support them, are
invited to come and worship with one another in a
service that speaks of the love of God in a way that
“connects” with those who are grieving.