Over 60 years ago, Elvis Presley crooned “I’ll have a blue Christmas without you…” His love song touches the depth of sadness some people feel at Christmas when the emphasis on joy all around can magnify experiences of grief and loss.

For many in the Sisters community, this year will mark the first Christmas without a loved one, without a job, without a marriage, without a home, without stable health. The holidays may feel anything but merry.

In compassionate response, Sisters Community Church, 1300 W. McKenzie Hwy., will host its second annual “Blue Christmas” service on Saturday, December 21, at 6:30 p.m. This time of worship is for anyone for whom the joy and gaiety of the Christmas season is muted by sadness, loss, and grief.

“The worship is quiet and contemplative, but not morose,” said Pastor Steve Stratos. “Songs appropriate for the season will be interspersed with prayers and the comfort of God’s promise that ‘the people who have walked in darkness have seen

a great light.’”

The service includes music, readings, prayers, and a message of hope on the long-

est night of the year.