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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

World Conference: Just Imagine!


I can’t wait for World Conference!  I have attended three or four prior World Conferences in my lifetime, but its been quite some time since I was at one...probably not since 1998.  For various reasons, I was not able to attend any since then.

Shortly after my wife and I first became a couple, she attended a World Conference with her mother.  It was one of the few non-congregational church events that she has attended without me, and she told me that even though she really enjoyed the experience, she would never want to attend another World Conference unless we went together.  Its taken about ten years, but we are finally going to World Conference and I’m very excited.

If you have never been to a World Conference, I would like to encourage that you consider going.  There is just something extremely empowering about being in a gathering of member of the church from all over the world, and in such large numbers.

Imagine standing in the Auditorium’s conference chamber (seating capacity: about 5,800) singing along with everyone else to new; and beloved hymns being played on an organ with 6,334 pipes.

Imagine sharing in the Lord’s Supper, as it is served by 105 volunteers.

Imagine being present during the opening ceremonies when the flags of 42 nations in which the church is official established in, are unfurled and draped down from the conference chamber balcony.

Imagine being able to freely discuss and vote on legislative motions; thereby helping to shape the future of the church.  This may not excite people as much as it does myself, but never forget, never take for granted the fact that we have this freedom, and many of our brothers and sisters in other denominations do not.  What a blessing it is to belong to Community of Christ!

Imagine walking down the Worshiper’s Path, and participating in services in the heart of our breathtaking temple.

Imagine being ministered to by vast choirs from Africa and French Polynesia, who lovingly share their talents with all those gathered, and who proudly wear their traditional apparel as a witness of their respective heritage, reminding us all that we truly are a world church.

Imagine spending several days immersed in the love of God.  Imagine the fellowship, the evening celebrations, the displays from around the world, the young adult programs, the heritage sites, the opportunities to visit with other members from our mission center and field. 

Imagine learning what matters most to our brothers and sisters from all over the world, united together, strengthened by our shared passion of serving God as disciple of Jesus Christ.

Just imagine what you will take home with you!

Guest Blogger - David Donoghue

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