The constant refrain on radio and television, in shopping malls and in churches, about the happiness of the Christmas season, about getting together with family and friends, reminds many people of what they have lost or have never had.

Many factors can contribute to a feeling of being alone, of "feeling blue" in the midst of the society around us which seems bent on "being happy" and "celebrating."

It’s at such times that we need to make the space and take the time to acknowledge our sadness and concern. We need to know we are not alone.

For these reasons, the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer invites all to come and hear prayers, scripture, and music which acknowledge that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle – and that God’s Word comes to shine in our darkness.

The service is Tuesday, December 15, at 6:30 p.m., 5700 Forbes Avenue, in the heart of Squirrel Hill. For further information, call 412-422-7100.

The service will be followed by a time of light refreshments and fellowship.

–submitted by the Rev. Cynthia Bronson Sweigert

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