A Light in the Darkness: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Service of Hope and Healing | St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church
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A Light in the Darkness: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Service of Hope and Healing


Date Saturday, November 16, 2019 5:00 PM
Location Nave

This service is for anyone who mourns the loss of children through miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion, infant death, placing for adoption, or difficulty with conception. In our society, we often don’t know how to mourn these losses and deaths. This service of prayer and hope is an opportunity to express lament, the heart’s expression of grief, an essential element of our conversation with God. 

Throughout Scripture, men and women pour out their grief and loss to God who hears and comforts them in their loss. Jesus wept for the death of his friend, Lazarus, and we should feel confident that when we pour out our sorrow, Christ knows our pain and is present in our suffering, ready to walk with us through the long process of bereavement and to bring healing in the fullness of time. The loss of an anticipated child plunges us from joyful expectation of new life to bereavement. We must mourn a loss before we can continue our journey towards new life.

This Liturgy of Lament provides a reminder to the participants that God understands our feelings of sorrow or anger and can be trusted to hold us in love and heal us in the fullness of time, restoring our hope and trust. 

All are invited to come and sit, pray, listen, and hopefully begin to heal. 

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