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Joplin's First United Holds Blue Christmas Ceremony

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While many feel joy during the holiday season, others may experience hardship, stress and feelings of loss. Joplin's First United Methodist Church shines a light on this truth by holding a special ceremony.

Church members gathered to say prayers for people in poor health and to reflect on the lives of those who have passed.

Members sang songs like “O' come Emmanuel” and “Silent Night” while lighting blue candles.

The ceremony's organizer, Reverend Jacobs, says the holiday season is full of memories and can become more of a blue Christmas for those missing family members.

"You know the medical community has discovered seasonal affective disorder that as the days get shorter and there's less light, people have physical reactions to that. Well that's true spiritually too. As we get the shortest day and longest night of the year falls very close Christmas."

"This service just touches my heart more than any other during the year. I personally haven't experienced the loss of a loved one this year, but I'm the leader of our care ministry and you know, I have all my adopted family who have died during the year and they mean so much to me,” says Sheryl Weaver.

This is the third year the church has offered the ceremony.

Reverend Jacobs says if you're missing a loved one this season to remember you're not alone, think about starting a new tradition, and to share the holiday with others.
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