Wesleys Take the Web: Watch Night
In this installment of our modern animated series which features the brothers who founded Methodism, John and Charles Wesley write down bad habits and re-commit to God through the tradition of Watch Night.
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(John sits at desk, writing in journal)
(John Wesley reads aloud from journal) I am no longer my own, but thine.
Charles Wesley: Hey brother, why so quiet?! That’s so last century--or 3--nowadays we party for New Year’s Eve.
JW: And that is precisely why I am being quiet. This is the perfect time to write down our bad habits and re-commit to God. It is a Watch Night.
CW: Assuming this has nothing to do with our wrists…
JW: No, it has everything to do with what our Moravian brethren showed us long ago. Instead of welcoming another year with wild revelry, we Christians can choose to renew our covenant with our Lord and try to do better.
CW: Ok, I’m in. What’s the plan?
JW: I am just writing some notes about bad choices I want to leave behind me, and then I’m heading over to church to join others to sing and pray as the year winds down. Join me?
CW: Hmmm, how long will they be there…might take me a bit to do my list…
JW: Sometimes they burn the notes at the end…
CW: I will hurry. Hate to miss a good fire….
These videos were produced as a 21st century follow up to the popular clip known as “Clayride: A Gallop Through United Methodist History.” Find out more about the making of “Clayride” from the artists who created that 1984 classic.