Christians Gather for Watch-Night Service
A group of Christians gathered for their annual New Year’s
Eve Watch-Night Service. The celebration began in the fellowship
hall at 9 p.m. Participants shared a variety of snacks, while they
discussed victories of the ending year and achievements they wanted
to realize during the new year.
“Tonight is the first anniversary of the day I gave my life
to the Lord Jesus Christ,” Buford told Bill.
“So you accepted Jesus as your savior during last year’s
watch-night service?” asked Bill.
“Yes, and it was the biggest thrill of my life. I was
baptized in water the following week. Serving Jesus is the most
important thing in my life.”
“Jesus is the most important person in my life, too,” said
Bill. “He saved me so I get to spend eternity with Him, and He gives
an abundant life to me now, too.”
Buford’s wife, Bernadette, took a large pan of homemade
rolls. “I want everyone to know how tasty these rolls are,” stated
Bentley’s favorite meal was T-bone steak and baked potato,
so he provided the main course for the celebration. “There’s nothing
like a juicy T-bone steak, with a nice plump baked potato,” Bentley
After eating, parishioners left the fellowship hall and
entered the sanctuary, where they poured out praise and worship from
the depths of their spirits. Pastor Buck encouraged members of his
flock to begin the new year by once again dedicating themselves to
serving God and their community.
“Jesus is coming soon,” the pastor reminded his flock. “Live
for Jesus every day, and He will greatly bless you.”
A few minutes before midnight, Brother Bob and Brother
Butchie distributed the communion elements to the congregation.
Pastor Buck read from First Corinthians 11:23-26, “For I have
received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the
Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And
when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is
my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped,
saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as
oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat
this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he
Brother Bernard offered the closing prayer. “Heavenly
Father, thanks for all your blessings. Help us to minister to you
during this new year. And help us to not take ourselves too
seriously. Help us to have a sense of humor so laughter will be
medicine to our spirits! In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
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