Nearly 60 years ago Elvis Presley crooned “I’ll have a blue Christmas without you…” His love song barely touches the depth of sadness some people feel at Christmas. The emphasis on joy all around magnifies the grief and loss experienced by some.
In compassionate response, “Blue Christmas” services began appearing in Christian churches nearly two decades ago. On Monday, Dec. 18, Mary Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church will host its third annual “Blue Christmas” service at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary. This service of worship is for all but especially for anyone for whom the joy and gaiety of the Christmas season is muted by sadness, loss and grief.