Not everyone feels joyous as the holiday season moves swiftly toward its crescendo.

For the first time in Killeen, the First United Methodist Church, in partnership with Seton Medical Center Harker Heights, will offer a special Christmas service at 6 p.m. today at the church, 3501 E. Elms Road, Killeen.

The Longest Night Blue Christmas service welcomes those who are lonely or struggling this holiday season for a candlelight service of remembrance and hope.

“We recognize that generally during the holidays, grief threatens to overwhelm us, especially if we’ve had a loved one die in the past year,” said Chaplain Jennifer Cobb, the event’s organizer. “Many times, people who are grieving feel very out of place with all the Christmas carols and upbeat, happy people everywhere. They feel very lost.”

This service will be geared toward moving people from the darkness of grief toward the light of hope, Cobb said.

The scripture and carols will allow participants to embrace both the meaning of Christmas alongside the reality of grief.

Lighting of candles

The lighting of candles will signify the closeness of God to each of them during difficult times. The process is representative of the darkness being transformed into the light of the Lord.

No matter the reason for their struggle, all are welcome to attend the service and experience the spirit of the holidays alongside like-minded people.

Holding the service on winter solstice was intentional, Cobb said. “It’s the longest night of the year ... and we recognize that every day going forward, we get a little more light.”

Contact Madison Lozano​ at or 254-501-7552.

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