I just heard an NPR story about a “Blue Christmas” service that was held for the first time in D.C. It was very similar to Chalice’s Longest Night service. Even down to using candles in combination with writing down prayers. Also, it sounds like the attendance was similar. Of course, I think Longest Night is a better name than Blue Christmas. 😉
Trends are funny. I don’t know if many churches are doing this, but there are many google news stories about such stories. Also this in the year are stories about a meta-study that busts the myth that suicides are up during Christmas. That is not to say such services aren’t valuable; they are, and I hope Chalice continues to do them. It is just a funny juxtaposition.