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Watch Night Owlah Service

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The Owlah [o-law/burnt offering] service is designed to be held on New Year’s Eve, at 11:00 p.m., ending at or near midnight. The liturgy is a simple design, calling for music, quiet reflection, readings from various biblical translations or paraphrases of the Ten Laws, and other covenant passages appropriate to the occasion.  

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Watch Night Vespers and Vigil

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This service reflects the tradition of the church’s daily “Evening Prayer.” A brief service that makes use of silence and symbol, it should be unhurried and quiet.   

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Planning for New Year’s Eve: Covenant Making or Prayer?

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By now, if your church is planning worship on New Year's Eve or Day, you have at least marked the date on the calendar. However, it may be that the plans have not actually been made. This article offers some perspective on what such a gathering might be and some resources and suggestions to consider. 

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Watch Night/New Year’s Eve Resources

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"Watch Night" is New Year's Eve or a religious service held to observe the coming of the New Year.   

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What Time Is It? A 21st Century Africana Resource for New Year’s Day

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What Time Is It?We have decided that this is the time.What time is it?Time to write that book or at least read one. 

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Celebrate the New Year with Your Family

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MaryJane Pierce Norton offers some suggestions for family celebrations of the new year.

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Watch Night of Freedom

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The Watch Night, or Covenant Renewal Service, has been a part of Methodism since John Wesley first used it in 1755. Wesley found it meaningful and "a time of remarkable blessing." He made frequent use of it when visiting the early Methodist Societies. The Watch Night service is today most often held on New Year's Eve, sometimes concluding at midnight, or on New Year's Day.  

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