Two Tri-City churches are teaming up to offer a Longest Night service Wednesday, with the aim of providing comfort and a safe place for those hurting the holiday season.
The service starts at 7 p.m. at Kennewick First United Methodist Church, 2 S. Dayton St.
The Kennewick church is joining with Riverview United Methodist Church in Pasco to put on the program.
“The holidays can be a struggle for a lot of people, especially if something is missing from their lives — if they’ve lost a job, if a loved one has died,” said Pastor Jerry Poole of the Kennewick church.
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The service will include readings from the Bible, music and prayer. Everyone in the community is invited to attend.
Longest Night services are a tradition in many Christian churches. Typically held on Winter Solstice — the date with the shortest day and longest night — they recognize that Christmas isn’t always joyful for all.
“For me and a lot of us, it’s a time of joy. But it can bring out whatever else is going on (in a person’s life). It has a way of accenting whatever is going,” Poole said.
The hope with the service is to help people on a path to finding joy and celebration once again, he said.