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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Webcast

Webcast: now there is a word that none of had even heard of a mere ten years ago! And yet in that short period of time, it is a common part of our vocabulary, at least for most of us. How quickly we adjust to new opportunities and make them our own!

On Saturday, April 10 at 7:30 EDT, the opening ceremonies of the 2010 World Conference of Community of Christ will be webcast (i.e: broadcast over the World Wide Web). This webcast will include the 2010 version of the much beloved flag ceremony, in which one delegate from each country where Community of Christ has a presence gets to present their country’s flag to the conference. This is always a stirring event. If you cannot attend in person, why not do the next best thing? You may be surprised at how many people you can spot that you know!

Through this now “everyday technology,” persons who are not able to travel to Independence Missouri to attend the conference in person can watch and at least partially participate in this historic gathering. Each day for the next week (except Wednesday, April 14) there will be at least one webcast. You can tune in for the Sunday a.m. Communion Service and the Sunday evening worship service with the First Presidency. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, you can check in for the evening worship.

On Friday, the International Hymn Festival will be broadcast. This is a stirring evening that hundreds of people look forward to. The last webcast of the week will be the Sending Forth Service on Saturday morning, April 17th at 11:30 EDT.

Times for each service vary so check the schedule if you plan to tune in. The entire schedule of webcast activities can be found on the Community of Christ website at http://www.cofchrist.org/broadcast/upcoming.asp. Guidance on how to connect via the internet will also be included.

To be sure, participating virtually is not nearly the same as being there in person. Still, it is a vast improvement over a mere decade ago when you had to wait for the daily bulletin to come in the mail. That could be 10 or more days later, after the conference was already finished! Now, you can get at least a taste of the conference while it is still happening. Why not take advantage of the opportunity?

Whether you have the chance to attend in person or connect via the internet, I urge you to continue to uphold the conference in your prayers and devotions. The church has tremendous potential to bless the world, but first, may the church itself experience God’s blessing.

See you on-line!

Posted by Carman

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