A Night of Elegance; Heaven on Earth
Greater Philadelphia Tabernacle Church of God in Christ, Highland Park, Michigan
Monday, December 31, 2018 - 9:00 PM
“Watch Night, is a night given to the celebration of Jesus Christ,.”
Christians take this time to reflect on the outgoing and incoming years through a Watch Night service. The late-night New Year’s Eve gathering reflects a long-standing tradition with deep roots among black church communities.
Watch Night is often traced back to Methodist John Wesley, who began holding annual services that invited his followers to reaffirm their covenant with God in the 1700s. Others hold that the origin of the service lies in Dec. 31, 1862, when the country anticipated the abolition of slavery that would come the following day under the Emancipation Proclamation.
Watch Night Services held today are first and foremost spiritual. They come as a yearly opportunity to both look backward and forward, all while recognizing the centrality of God in what happened during the past year and what will happen in the coming.
"The body of Christ come together to celebrate the year of which we just came out and to put together a vision for the year to come.” “It’s an exciting time where we express our sadness for the loss of those that we’ve left behind in the year that’s passed ... and we celebrate the good fortune that’s coming to us in the future.”
Holy Temple of Faith Church of God in Christ, will celebrate Watch Night in a joint service at Greater Philadelphia., beginning at 9 p.m.
Attendees can expect an evening of music, preaching, and prayer.
The public is invited to attend.