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Watch Night/New Year’s Eve

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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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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O God, Our Help In Ages Past (St. Anne, Simplified)

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Easy piano hymn with a simple arrangement for use with The United Methodist Hymnal Volume 3: Hymns of Praise.

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O God, Our Help In Ages Past (Auld Lang Syne, Simplified)

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Hymn to Commemorate the Arrival of the New Year or Watch Night. This brings together the familiar text, O God, Our Help in Ages Past, which is filled with references to time and its passage, and the familiar tune, Auld Lang Syne, so often sung on New Year's Eve. 

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O God, Our Help In Ages Past (St. Anne, Lead Sheet)

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A traditional song from the hymnal in a version just for keyboardists, guitarists, bass guitarists, and others who sing, play, and lead worship using music with chord symbols.

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O God, Our Help In Ages Past (Auld Lang Syne, Lead Sheet)

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New Year Hymn based on Psalm 90, words are by Isaac Watts (1719) set to the tune, Auld Lang Syne.

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From a Season of Light

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Words: Gennifer Benjamin Brooks, 2007
Music: Dean B. McIntyre, 2014

Originally conceived as a hymn for Watch Night, this text was first published in Zion Still Sings (Abingdon Press, 2007). With a few changes and a new setting by Dean McIntyre, it is suitable on many occasions and seasons of the church year.

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Perfect Law We Fail To Keep

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British Methodist pastor and hymn writer Andrew Pratt has written this text that is appropriate for Watch Night, the changing year, or for use with the Wesleyan covenant service.

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Glorious And Blessed God (Guidance)

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The Rev. Gareth Hill, British Methodist pastor and hymn writer, has composed this text that closely parallels the words of John Wesley's Covenant Prayer. It would be especially appropriate for Watch Night or New Year's Day, or any occasion that observes the Covenant Service (see The United Methodist Book of Worship, page 288).

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Glorious And Blessed God (Liebster Jesulein)

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Rev. Gareth Hill has composed this text that closely parallels the words of John Wesley's Covenant Prayer, especially appropriate for Watch Night or New Year's Day, or any occasion that observes the Covenant Service.

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