Advent, in all of its mystery, holds in tension the wonder and fear, power and vulnerability, loneliness and assurance, sorrow and hope that is the Christmas story.

The grief that we experience in this season can seem unbearable, but more than that, unwelcome. It is a season of longing, a season of waiting in the silence for the cries of a child who will bring promises of peace and new life.

This Christmas season, we join to give voice to the grief that is so often felt in silence, presence to the loneliness felt in longing, and to embrace the hope that comes in the mystery of the birth of the Christ child.

Service will be held at 6 pm, Monday, December 16 in the sanctuary.

Dr. Jeanine Bozeman, an expert on grief and loss, and a professor at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, will offer the message. Following the service will be a chili supper and a chance to connect in the fellowship hall.