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A Worship Service for the Weary

Central Union Church will offer “A Worship Service for the Weary” on Thursday, December 21st, at 6:30 p.m. in the Atherton Memorial Chapel. This service is for all in the community who need the space to grieve, to mourn, or to just “be” – especially when the joy of the holiday season is elusive and out of reach.

three christmas trees, ornaments in vases, lit candles in sanctuary for Blue Christmas service in 2022 at Central Union Church

Blue Christmas 2022, Central Union Church | All were invited to hang an ornament of the color representing either Grief, Memories, Courage, Love.

Churches around the world have adopted the practice of having a “Blue Christmas”’ or a “Longest Night” service during the Advent season. These services are designed to provide space for prayer, reflection, and remembrance amidst the twinkling lights and holiday hustle and bustle. This year, instead of calling the service a “Blue Christmas” or “Longest Night Service,” Central Union Church is calling it a “A Worship Service for the Weary,” inspired by our Advent theme, “How does a Weary World rejoice?”

In this season, we are acknowledging the weariness that so many of us are feeling after many years of the COVID pandemic, the conflict around the world, the political situation in this country, and the ongoing economic uncertainties that many of us face. This Advent we are exploring ways in which we find joy in the midst of that weariness. “A Worship Service for the Weary” will allow us to name that weariness and to hold it in prayer. Bring your grief. Bring your weariness. Bring your fatigue and allow yourself a quiet space to reflect and draw near to God. We hope that these words and this order of worship can be a gift to individuals and to our community alike, providing a space of calm, quiet, and healing. We hope this service will allow many to find peace in their journey.

Central Union Church is a member of the United Church of Christ ‘Ohana. We are located at 1660 S. Beretania Street, on the corner of Beretania and Punahou Streets, next to the Kapiʻolani Medical Center for Women and Children.

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