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Church that bless cellphones and computers
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Posted 9/9/10 , edited 9/9/10

A Nova Scotia church is offering its congregation a chance to have members' cellphones, laptops and mobile technology blessed — but Rev. Lisa Vaughn isn't promising the power of God will rid the gadgets of viruses and other kinks.

On Sunday, parishioners at St. Timothy's Anglican Church in Hatchet Lake, N.S., are encouraged to bring in the devices they use to conduct business and to stay in touch with the world.

"Because it's Labour Day weekend, we thought it would be nice to connect people's everyday work tools with worship and gathering together as a church community," said Vaughan, who plans to bring along her laptop for a blessing.

"More and more people are doing work from home . . . so I'd expect there'll be a good number. We have a lot of young families and young career people, so hopefully, it will connect with them."

The church, about 15 kilometres southwest of Halifax, is no stranger to embracing a more modern flair during its services. Every Sunday night, the church has live rock music as well as slide shows and video presentations.

While Vaughn is not aware of similar blessings elsewhere in Canada, she said a pastor in London's business district conducted a similar blessing recently based on the old tradition of Plough Monday; parishioners brought in their farm equipment for a blessing. Sunday's service is the same concept, but with a much more modern touch.

The church, which currently has a Facebook page and hopes to join the realm of Twitter in the near future, is continuing its effort to stay relevant in a technology-heavy world, Vaughn said.

"People are really busy and Sunday mornings are tough . . . but that doesn't mean people don't want to stay connected (to the church), so we try in as many ways as possible to stay connected to them," she said. "Yes, (gadgets) can be a distraction. Yes, they can cause difficulties in families, but I think they're wonderful tools."

Because most people carry their cellphones with them wherever they go, Vaughn expects they will make up the majority of gadgets at the service, but she hopes parishioners bring in other devices for a blessing.

She admits, however, that the powers of the blessing may be limited.

"One never knows the power of the holy spirit, but don't count on me to fix your computer problems," she said. "That's why I have a husband.

"We're not just blessing inanimate objects and hoping the hard drive doesn't crash, we're also blessing the hands that use it."

Vaughn said the church's effort also goes beyond the surface of the blessing itself and hopes to send a lasting message to those in attendance.

"What we do daily is important and it's important to God," she said. "As a fun thing on Labour Day, this might be a nice reminder for folks that God is with you even while you're texting or working away . . . and that we're not alone and we really are connected."



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What if it comes into contact with holy water?
Posted 9/9/10
This is retarded.
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Posted 9/9/10
WTF?
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Posted 9/9/10
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LMAO!!
Posted 9/9/10
Well, nothing wrong with that. It's their choice.
Posted 9/9/10 , edited 9/9/10
This is funny because it's believed that the "devil" lives in machines.


So if I burn my computer because it's a pain in the ass, I'll be going against the rules?
Posted 9/9/10
ahahahha D wtf man
Posted 9/9/10
theres an App for that
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Posted 9/10/10
Lol...?
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Posted 9/10/10
that's nice...i guess???
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Posted 9/10/10
like something out of warhammer 40k
Posted 12/16/11
okay... thats weird...
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Posted 12/16/11
No damage done. Let superstitious people be happy.
Posted 12/16/11
Poor Satan, can't even possess gadgets anymore.

Religious people are so evil man.
Posted 12/16/11
God didn't fix my X-Box 360 when it red-ringed on me, PC World did.

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