Two Orange County churches will bid farewell to 1998 with predawn celebrations dedicated to world peace.
Members of the Churches of Religious Science in Seal Beach and Huntington Beach will join others around the world by gathering at 4 a.m. Thursday--that's noon Greenwich mean time--to observe World Healing Day, also known as Peace Meditation Day.
The event allows people of all denominations to pray and meditate simultaneously for everlasting peace, said the Rev. Martie Clark of the Seal Beach church, 500 Marina Drive.
"We all agree we love it once we get there, but getting up is tough," Clark acknowledged with a laugh. Her church welcomes people of all denominations to join the hourlong service.