Community Of Christ - New England Mission Center
From World Church:
You're Invited to Write for Daily Bread
Do you have an experience, poem, or reflection that you would like to share with the church community in Daily Bread? www.cofchrist.org/daily-bread .We are looking for submissions that are approximately 300 words. Remember to write for a global audience and in your own voice.
Some possible writing prompts: Where does God show up in your daily life? How are we invited to notice and tend the sacred in the ordinary?
How has the Spirit been forming and transforming you over time? More Daily Bread writing guidelines and a submission form are online.
Thank you for considering sharing in this ministry!
By President Steve Veazey
I was glad when they said, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!
—Psalm 122:1 NRSV
During the opening weekend of World Conference (April 5–13, 2019), we will recognize the 25th anniversary of the dedication of the Temple. And you are invited!
What is planned is not so much a “looking back” as an exploration of how the vision, symbolism, and ministries of the Temple have inspired and shaped the church throughout the world. During the weekend, attendees will be spiritually moved by a video presentation of testimonies from members and leaders of the international church, telling why the Temple matters to them and the congregations where they live.
Events will begin Friday, April 5, with a “Service of Honor and Recognition” followed by a First Presidency reception. The Presidency looks forward to personally meeting and warmly greeting all participants.
On Saturday, April 6, Temple 25th-anniversary activities will include an exciting Temple community “block party” (10 a.m. to noon); a special Daily Prayer for Peace; an inspiring flag ceremony on the Temple World Plaza; international music performances; and the dedication of a newly sculpted “Peace Pillar” near the World Plaza.
Additional activities will include opportunities to interact with “storytellers” who were involved in the vision, design, construction, and dedication of the Temple. There also will be opportunities to interact with the 2019 International Peace Award recipients and take part in educational workshops or a community-service project.
Worship and presentation of the Community of Christ International Peace Award will highlight Saturday evening. This year’s recipients are Sister Andrea Kantner of the Franciscan Mission Warehouse and Gary White of Water.org, two organizations devoted to meeting basic human needs as an essential aspect of the pursuit of justice and peace on Earth.
Sunday, April 7, will begin with the gathering of members and friends of the worldwide church for an inspiring Communion service. For many, the opportunity to share in the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper with sisters and brothers from many nations creates lifelong spiritual connections and new insights into the nature and scope of the gospel.
One purpose of the Temple, stated in Section 156:5d, is “leadership education for priesthood and member.” Sunday afternoon the First Presidency will lead a session titled “Exploring Priesthood Ministry” in the Temple Sanctuary. While the session will focus on priesthood ministry, all will be welcome to attend.
Sunday evening we will share in worship led by the First Presidency. During that service, I will address the whole church regarding how God is calling us to respond to the significant needs and opportunities resident in this pivotal time in church and human history. Much of what I say will prepare us for serious conversations we will have and decisions we will make as a prophetic faith community during the remainder of World Conference.
When I think about all that is planned for the 25th Temple dedication anniversary, I feel the joy of anticipation of being with you as we write the next chapter of our sacred story. Come and “…let us go to the house of the Lord!”
Learn more at www.CofChrist.org/2019-world-conference.