DOWNEY – Downey United Methodist Church is reaching out to those who are suffering with pain and loss during the holidays by offering its annual Longest Night Service on Monday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m.
“The Longest Night Service is for anyone for whom the Christmas season may seem particularly difficult. Some have lost loved ones and others may be facing illness, divorce, loneliness or financial difficulties,” said Pastor Jon Wesley Waterson.
Downey UMC holds this service on Dec. 21 – the longest night of the year – “to mark the time when light begins to shine in the darkness.” In years past, the Longest Night service has been for people that are suffering individually.
However, given the events of the past few weeks, and the climate of fear that pervades our national discourse, there exists also a communal, shared suffering that this service will also address.
“In light of the most recent terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, it is an important thing to simply gather together, grieve, and proclaim our hope that God does have something better in store for all of God’s children,” added Waterson.
The service includes advent candle lighting, music, prayers, a short sermon and concludes with the sacrament of holy communion. In addition, members of the church’s Prayer Ministry will also be at the service for anyone who just wants to talk or have someone pray with them.
All people are welcome. You do not need to be a member of any church to come.
If you know someone who would benefit from the Longest Night Service, contact Pastor Jon Waterson at (562) 861-9777. Downey United Methodist Church is located at 10801 Downey, Ave.