Decorations, Christmas carols, the empty chair at the table often serve to remind those in grief of the loved ones who will not be with them for the holidays, creating great sadness in the midst of others' who are celebrating. It is common among those who have lost a spouse, a parent, a child, or a close friend, to even dread the holidays.

Messiah's Comfort and Hope Service is for people who are hurting, especially during the holidays. The season and its festivities often make people acutely aware of their losses. The Messiah community invites all those who are sad at this time of year to join with others for comforting scripture reading, quiet music, prayer, and a brief personal reflection.

Those who attend also have the opportunity to light candles, participate in Holy Communion, and even talk privately or pray with a Stephen minister about their grief. Tears are welcome!

This year's Comfort and Hope Service will be Tuesday, December 17 at 7pm at the Hazel Dell Campus. A team of drivers from Messiah will provide transportation to any persons needing this assistance. Please contact Sally Dost, Administrative Assistant‚Äč, in Messiah's front office (360.574.7081). All are welcome.

The Comfort and Hope Service is sponsored by Stephen Ministry team at Messiah.