Blue Christmas Worship, "Finding Light in the Darkness"

The Uses of Sorrow

(In my sleep I dreamed this poem)

Someone I loved once gave me

a box full of darkness.

It took me years to understand

that this, too, was a gift.

- Mary Oliver, Thirst

 Call to Worship

Leader:            Light looked down and beheld darkness.

People:            "Thither will I go," said Light.

Leader:            Peace looked down and beheld war.

People:            "Thither will I go," said Peace.

Leader:            Love looked down and beheld hate.

People:            "Thither will I go," said Love.

Leader:            So light came, and shone.

People:            So peace came, and gave rest.

Leader:            So love came, and gave light.

All:                  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.

- Laurence Housman