In the African American community, Watch Night services on News Year’s Eve commemorate the evening of Dec. 31, 1862, as blacks looked to Jan. 1, 1863, and the implementation of the Emancipation Proclamation.
The idea of a New Year’s Eve service actually is much older than Freedom’s Eve, and in fact finds its roots in the Moravian Church and a 1733 New Year’s Eve service held in Germany.
Never one to let a good idea go un-adopted, John Wesley incorporated the service into his denomination. Some Methodists continue to hold monthly evening services, known as “Covenant Renewal Services.”
The service obviously took on deeper significance in 1862, when it was more important than any before or since, and…
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I wish you a very blessed and joyous new year 2015.
May the Good Lord bless all your endeavors with success.
Where there was failure let there be success.
Where there was rejection let there be favor.
Where there was stagnation let there be speed.
Where there was delay let there be acceleration.
Where there were struggles let there be ease.
Let sickness turn to divine health.
Let pain turn to gain.
Let shame turn to fame.
You will surprise yourself this new year
In the mighty and miracle-working name of Jesus Christ.
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Father, help us to keep a Biblical perspective as we consider the brief duration of our life on this earth in light of eternity. Our lives are not meaningless nor are they insignificant for we acknowledge that You have brought purpose to our lives for our present journey and that purpose will extend through all eternity. On this earth we may never fully experience and understand Your purpose, but we do seek to trust and obey You all the while, keeping that which we have committed to You until that day. Amen.
This Daily Prayer is from this Daily Encouragement message.
Special Year-end appeal:
We want to thank all who have financially supported our ministry this past year. Many have responded the last several weeks to this year-end appeal. We realize there are many fine ministries and causes requesting support at this time but if the Lord would lead you…
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Originally posted on AFTER+MATH:
It’s the New Year in just a few hours, and many of us are hoping for a more productive 2016. Have you noticed this trend in your life? Every year I find myself making resolutions that seem eerily similar to…