One of the toughest things that people face heading into the holiday seasons is loss and grief. A simple way that we’ve shown people that we care at the beginning of the Christmas season is to pause in the service, pray and offer a white rose to anyone who lost a loved one over the course of the past year. It may seem a little corny, old-school or whatever, but is truly helps folks to realize that they’re not alone in their pain. I lost my mom a few years ago, and it was a very meaningful moment to feel the care and love from the rest of the congregation.
At Northview, we take it a step further, and have a special service called “Glowing Memories,” led by our Pastoral Care Pastor. It’s a short, somber and quiet candlelight service (although the candlelight is LED these days). It’s amazing how many people come – and what a positive catharsis it is!