The name of this service comes from the season – December 21st is the longest night of the year and marks the winter solstice. But the name also describes the feeling that a number of us have during this season. In the long, dark winter nights, memories of past experiences and the pain of present experiences can become overwhelming. And at a time of year when we're expected to be especially joyful, we may find it even more painful.
Whatever the reason for your pain, you are welcome here. If someone has died and you feel the pain of that loss, you are welcome here. If a relationship has ended and you feel the pain of that loss, you are welcome here. If you feel pain over facing the loss of health, trust, safety, security, or anything else, you are welcome here. If too many negative things have happened, or if you're not even sure why you're hurting, you are welcome here.
In this service, we invite you to listen. We invite you to pray. We invite you to sing. We invite you to meditate upon the pain and anguish you may bring – and we invite you to offer your pain to the Christ child. And we trust that you will find hope and comfort in knowing that you are not alone. As we will acknowledge during this service, we have a God who enters into our darkness to bring us comfort, hope, and light.
The service starts at 7:00 pm and will be held at Bethany Airdrie (1736 1st Ave NW).
We love Christmas Eve! And we love singing the Christmas hymns and carols that mean so much to us. We observe a service of Nine Lessons and Carols where we get to hear the full Christmas story from the Bible and sing between each reading. We welcome you to join us in this annual celebration!
We are holding our services at 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm. The 6:30 pm service will be a candlelight service.
Bethany Airdrie (1736 1st Ave NW)
We will be having a Christmas Day service at 10 am with Holy Communion.
We are a group of Christians, committed to the Lutheran tradition, who rejoice in the freedom, love, and grace we have in Jesus. And out of that freedom, we find ways to bring help, healing, and hope to the community around us. We are people who live in and around Airdrie, and we seek to make a difference for Airdrie and the people who live here.
Are you passionate about what we're doing? Let us know! We are always looking for volunteers to help us make our vision a reality. We know that you have gifts that can be a wonderful blessing to others, and we will do our best to help you find a way to use those gifts in service of others.
Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't do what we do without you.
Our services are held in the auditorium at Bethany Airdrie (1736 1st Ave NW). You'll find us on your right as soon as you walk into the building.
Our services start around 10:00 am and are 1-1.5 hours long.
Our services are rich with music, Scripture, and prayer. There will usually be a message for both children and adults. And we usually receive the Lord's Supper on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays of the month - but sometimes special services or schedules change that a bit.
Some people come to our services dressed formally out of reverence for what happens. Others come dressed casually because they know they can come as they are. Whether you're dressed formally or casually - you're welcome to join us.
Our congregation tends to reflect Airdrie's young community. But we have older adults, too. And we're fortunate to be able to welcome residents from Bethany to our services. Not only do we get to help them participate in regular Church activities, but we also get to grow in encountering people who have special care needs. Our hope is that our children will grow up being familiar with care facilities and the people who live there.
If you only go to Church occasionally, please consider joining us the next time.
You likely have a lot going on in your life, and there are lots of businesses and groups and Churches wanting your attention.
We get it. We live in that world, too. So if you happen to join us, we want you to know that you have some freedoms when you’re with us:
1. You have the freedom to believe what you want.
2. You have the freedom to observe spiritual practices that are different than ours.
3. You have the freedom to ask questions about what we believe and practice.
4. You have the freedom to disagree with us, with our pastor, and with our tradition.
5. You have the freedom to dress the way you want to dress, talk the way you want to talk, and act the way you want to act.
6. You have the freedom to identify yourself in any way you like.
7. You have the freedom to laugh or cry, to be frustrated or angry, to be fearful or worried, and to experience any other emotion that might come up.
8. You have the freedom to seek out Jesus and continue your own spiritual journey.
9. You have the freedom to love and be loved.
10. You have the freedom to be you.