Make Church a Part of your New Year’s Eve Celebration, 12.31 @ 7 p.m.

Make Church a Part of your New Year’s Eve Celebration, 12.31 @ 7 p.m.

At 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Old First has a simple service in the Sanctuary. It’s called Watch Night, and it’s American forebears hearken back to 1862 when enslaved people were watching for the stroke of midnight and the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation that would make them free men, women and children.

Our Watch Nights are so momentous. But it’s nice to slow down, reflect a bit, open ourselves to a sense of the bigger picture at the changing of the years. Mostly Scripture, prayers and songs, we gather in a circle in the front of the Sanctuary, to be with God and one another.

The West Indians have a superstition that one passes the New Year as one brought it in. Therefore, one does not want to get to revelry and carousing too early, or one might condemn oneself to a dissolute year. However, if you are in church, one might be placing oneself in line for a year of blessing…

We worship informally and intimately: there are usually about 15 to 25 peoole with us. And we finish about 8 p.m. with shortbread and a sparkling cider toast. So if you have big plans, you can still make room for a little church. If you are more the quiet, stay at home type on New Year’s, consider coming for some well wishes and worshipful thanksgiving. We see another year, thanks be to God…