Call to Worship: Longest Night / Blue Christmas

Here’s a call to worship for a Blue Christmas or Longest Night service.  It was written by Ann Weems and published in her collection, Kneeling in Bethlehem. 

Longest Night Call to Worship

The Christmas Spirit
is that hope
which tenaciously clings
to the hearts of the faithful
and announces
in the face
of any Herod the world can produce
and all the inn doors slammed in our faces
and all the dark nights of our souls
that with God
all things are possible,
that even now
unto us
a child is born!

~ written by Ann Weems, in Kneeling in Bethlehem (WestminsterJohn Knox Press, 1986), p. 51. Reprinted on the St. John’s Lutheran Church website.