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You’re Invited to a Service of Solace – Light Shining in the Darkness – at St. Paul’s This Sunday Evening

November 26, 2013

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Christmas isn’t a joyful occasion for everyone. There are many factors that can make this Season difficult: loss of a loved one; broken relationships; loss of health; loneliness; painful memories; feeling overwhelmed by its preparations and busyness; expectations of others; Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD); and this year in our area, the June flooding loss of homes, possessions, jobs and businesses.

At St. Paul’s, one way we’re responding to these needs is by offering a Service of Solace – of light shining in the darkness – this Sunday, December 1, at 7:30 p.m. Everyone’s invited to share this quiet and gentle Service of comfort and hope, which will include readings from Holy Scripture, lighting of candles, and prayer for healing, oil; and to share a time of fellowship after the Service over refreshments. Many thanks to Dinah Breu and our Prayer Ministry Team, our Choir, and Allison Rozier and Iona Shaw for making this special evening possible!

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December 1 is also World AIDS Day. At our Service of Solace we’ll remember especially all who are grieving the loss of loved ones to AIDS; all who are living with HIV/AIDS; and all who are seeking to share the healing touch of Our Lord with those who have this disease.

The picture immediately above is of nearly 3,000 candles from a World AIDS Day event in Jakarta in 2009. We’re invited to show our solidarity with all who are suffering as a result of AIDS tomorrow by wearing a ribbon, and picking up printed material, from the World AIDS Day display table by the kitchen in the Hall, pictured below.  

My 2011 World AIDS Day posting also has three videos that raise consciousness about AIDS. You can access them by clicking here.

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Embedded below is the beloved Christmas Carol, “Silent Night.” It’s one of the songs we’ll be singing together at our Service of Solace as we seek the gentle touch of the One whose face beams forth love’s true light.

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