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South Georgians ring in the New Year at church

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

At Rhema International Ministries here in Albany, folks are waiting for this clock to hit 12 by reflecting on what God has done for them this past year.

"Watch night is a traditional service that we do every year, but it's our time to come together and praise in the New Year as we crossover," said Cynthia Sanders, First Lady, Rhema International Ministries.

"I've been so blessed just this past year, and I just wanted to give God glory for what he has done this past year and start my New Year off right,' said Ebonee Kirkwood, Rhema International Ministries.

Tuesday night at Rhema International Ministries one could hear the song of praises going up to God all the way outside of the church.

After the praise team and members finished their songs, pastor Scott Sanders delivered a message to his congregation.

"Tonight we are speaking about God giving us a personal word, and then our responsibility in using that word and working that word throughout 2014 to manifest his purpose," said Sanders.

Rhema International Ministries has held many watch night services over the years.

"We've been doing this for ten years, we started in a hotel and of course we are here now and our building is paid off debt free," said Sanders.

Pastor Sanders tells WALB that Rhema International Ministries goal is to change lives.

"Every year our vision statement is transforming lives by the word of God, that's the purpose of this ministry and just the word has a way of revolutionizing the way people think, and as there thinking changes their lives changes," said Sanders.

 An important transformation everyone should have as one begins a new year.

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