Shuck and Jive

Friday, December 12, 2008

A Blue Christmas Service

First Presbyterian in Elizabethton is hosting a service called Tidings of Comfort for the entire community on Monday, December 15th at 7 p.m. This is a service for those who have experienced loss or are feeling anxious or sad during this holiday season. Here is the press release in the Kingsport Times-News:
The First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton, 119 West F Street, will host a special Christmas service entitled, “Tidings of Comfort.” This service is especially for those who feel a sense of loss during this time of year. According to the minister, Rev. John Shuck:

“Christmas is for many of us a painful reminder of what we have lost. From losing a loved one to a son or daughter moving away from home, to a re-location, to you name it, Christmas can be a time that highlights our loneliness.

We want to recognize that. In addition to our celebratory services we are adding a service, “Tidings of Comfort” a special reflective service to acknowledge the blue in our Christmas. It will be a service of readings, music, candle lighting, and silence.”

This service is open to the public and will take place, Monday evening, December 15th at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church across from T.A. Dugger Middle School.

For more information contact the church office at 543-7737 or visit
Make a special invitation and bring a friend who is feeling blue to this one. We won't play the Elvis song at the service, but I'll play it for you here!


  1. That's beautiful, John.

    In the midst of give and receive we tend to forget that there are those who wish the holidays would just hurry up and pass them by.

    You know the rules, unadulterated religion is comforting those who need it.

    Well done.