While most of us are getting ready for happy family reunions during the holidays, and clergy and liturgical ministers are preparing for joyous services, we may forget that Christmas can be a time of great sadness for many. A Blue Christmas service is a time when we can, with others, acknowledge the sadness we may feel at Christmas time. For many who have lost a loved one, this is a time of sharp loneliness. For others, who have lost a relationship, health, a job, or had a financial setback it may be a time of pain, confusion, or fear.
Below are details of Blue Christmas services being held by Episcopal Churches in Joplin, Kansas City, Liberty, Ozark, Springfield, and Sedalia.
December 14, 2022
Kansas City – St. Mary’s Episcopal Church at 6 PM
1307 Holmes, Kansas City, MO 64106
December 20, 2022
Kansas City – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 6:30 PM
11 E 40th St, Kansas City, MO 64111
Light in the Darkness: A Service of Remembrance and Hope. This worship service gives space for the heaviness of our lives that may come from daily stress and worry, grief or loss, memories of loved ones who we see no longer or for any other reason at all. The weight of these is present in our lives even as the world gleams with the joy and light of the season. Join us as we light candles, sing, and pray as we cast our worries, pain, and grief onto God, an ever-present source of comfort and peace.
December 21, 2022
Joplin – St. Philip’s Episcopal Church at 6 PM
706 Byers Ave, Joplin, MO 64801
A service of Comfort, Hope, and Light. Reception to follow.
Kimberling City – St. Mark’s Episcopal Church at 5:30 PM
3 Northwoods Drive, Kimberling City, MO 65686
Liberty – Grace Episcopal Church at 7 PM
520 South 291 Highway, Liberty, MO 64068
This service is intended to offer a space for worship for those who may struggle to celebrate the Nativity of Our Lord with all the joy and excitement that often accompanies this time of year.
Ozark – St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church & Ozark Presbyterian Church at 6 PM
1932 E Highway 14, Ozark, MO 6572
Sedalia – Calvary Episcopal Church & Christ and Trinity ELCA at 6:30 PM
2101 W 32nd St., Sedalia, MO 65301
Springfield – Christ Episcopal Church at 6:30 PM
601 E Walnut St, Springfield, MO 65806
Springfield – St. John’s Episcopal Church at 6:30 PM
515 E Division St., Springfield, MO 65803
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- 12-09-2022. Entries added for St. John’s, Calvary & Christ & Trinity, and St. Mary’s.