Church service offers message of hope

DOWNEY - Downey United Methodist Church is holding its annual Longest Night Service on Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. to reach those in the community who are suffering with loss during the holidays."The Longest Night Service is not about telling people that they should cheer up. It is not about trying to brighten people's mood," said Pastor Jon Wesley Waterson. "It is about acknowledging that the 'bells and whistles' of the Christmas season do not make everyone happy. Ultimately, it is a service about hope. Downey UMC holds this service on Dec. 21 - the longest night of the year - to symbolize "that the light of God is about to overcome the darkness that many people are experiencing." The service will include advent candle lighting, music, prayer and a short sermon. Everyone is welcome. The service has a contemplative feel, with an emphasis on music and prayer. After the service, anyone that wishes will be invited to stay a while for snacks and fellowship or more reflection and prayer. Pastor Jon will also remain after the service for anyone who wants to talk or pray. Downey United Methodist Church is located at 10801 Downey Ave.

********** Published: Dec. 12, 2013 - Volume 12 - Issue 35