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Who originated watch night services?

  • Henry VIII
  • John the Baptist
  • John Wesley
  • Martin Luther


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The correct answer is John Wesley.

Methodism’s founder John Wesley created Watch Night services in 1740, presumably as an alternative to times of drunken revelry such as Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.  It is included in the United Methodist Book of Worship.

Wesley believed that Methodists and all Christians should reaffirm their covenant with God annually. This service is often used in United Methodist Churches on New Year's Eve. The covenant service is also sometimes observed on New Year's Day or on the first Sunday in January.



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The correct answer is John Wesley.

Methodism’s founder John Wesley created Watch Night services in 1740, presumably as an alternative to times of drunken revelry such as Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.  It is included in the United Methodist Book of Worship.

Wesley believed that Methodists and all Christians should reaffirm their covenant with God annually. This service is often used in United Methodist Churches on New Year's Eve. The covenant service is also sometimes observed on New Year's Day or on the first Sunday in January.



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