Fairly soon, God-willing, I'll post on the website launch. It's been a lot of work, but I believe the additional online sermons are going to be a blessing to the church and to others outside Covenant Life. We already have reports of people downloading entire series of messages at a time.
For now, I'll just mention the most exciting aspect of the new resource library to me: near-immediate posting. For the major church events, you will now see sermons in the resource library almost immediately after the meeting ends. The One Meeting was available as of midnight on Friday and the Sunday sermon was available at 4:05pm on Sunday afternoon. Say good-bye to waiting until Tuesday for sermons from that last weekend!
If you missed the sermon this weekend, you can listen to it here.
As a reminder, here are the elements of this Sunday's service:
- Singing led by Mike Bradshaw
- Communion, also led by Mike Bradshaw
- Announcements by Joshua Harris
- Sermon by CJ Mahaney
Honestly, I have zero notes whatsoever about sound for the services. Silence is approval in this case. Many thanks to Mitch and his crew for helping this Sunday go off without a hitch. One thing I'll mention is that I like the five-vocal ensemble sound that Mike and his band are creating with Ken's help. Would you agree?
I loved the look of the backdrop this weekend. We changed the style and color of the fabric of the panels right behind the preacher, and we lowered the light level on everything except the artwork to 35%. It looked great. Craig, which backdrop lights did you gel and what colors?
One note for all lighting operators from the worship team: we will be placing vocalists much closer to the front edge of the stage in the near future. As we encourage them to engage with the congregation and be more expressive (aka move around), we'll need to make sure that the lighting areas fill downstage more than we have in the past.
The video was really smooth this weekend. There were a couple transitions that could have been improved, but I heard Ed and Matt discussing them immediately after they happened. Thanks, guys, for grabbing each opportunity to improve. You did a great job.
Also, there was a little hickup in the slide order because of a last-minute change, but the team adapted beautifully. In order to make this even more smooth, we will soon be introducing a new slide presentation software called ProPresenter. ProPresenter will allow the playback ops to see all their slides and select the one they want with the mouse, similar to the way lyric operators use SundayPlus. (Sidenote: SundayPlus operators may want to check out ProPresenter also, since we may switch over our lyrics computers, too, in the long run.)
This feels like a short post. That must mean it was a smooth Sunday. What did I miss? Please post your thoughts and comments here.