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Blue Christmas service scheduled

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego-Fulton Episcopal-Lutheran Faith Partnerships invites the community to a special Blue Christmas service December 18 at 7 p.m., at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 120 W. Fifth St.

A time for refreshments and friendship follows.

The service is co-sponsored by Resurrection and its Oswego faith ministry partners, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Oswego and Prince of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Fulton.

Rev. Richard K. Klafehn is pastor and Rev. Anne Wichelns is assistant priest.

Pastor Klafehn said, “This very beautiful and interactive worship service is a special opportunity for those who are feeling blue, that is struggling, grieving, or hurting, and for others who care for them. Lights are lit in the darkness. Participants may wrap the Christ child in bands of swaddling cloth on which they have written their hurts, losses, pains, or anguish. They can then receive from him God’s Christmas peace and gentle, loving promise. The sacrament of Holy Communion also is offered.”

Pastor Klafehn added, “In the holiday season so many people appear so happy with great expectations, but others do not feel the cheer.   Because of the loss of relationships, job, or health, grieving the recent or impending death of loved ones, or being in the midst of a crisis, they are struggling and feel even sadder, hurting, lonely, and left out. Christmas season can be exceptionally hard, because they have to hide their hurt. This is an opportunity to be honest about these feelings, to come together, and to share the gentle comfort and promise of Christmas.”