Here's what happened:
- Devon Kauflin led us in singing.
- We began memorizing Before the Throne of God Above.
- Joshua Harris shared some pastoral priorities
- We took an offering to bless children of single parents in the church as well as some local ministries.
- Jeff Purswell preached from John 1:14-18 on The Glory of the Incarnation. If you were serving in Discovery Land this weekend, make sure to listen to it sometime this week.
- We concluded by singing In Christ Alone.
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Sound and Staging
Dave was handling the mixing again this weekend and had his analog tube compression on the sub feed again. I honestly don't remember the mix very well, so feel free to send along your thoughts, as always.
Gavin heeded my recommendations from last week. He said he felt somewhat silly standing on stage with the band at the end of the meeting, waiting for Jeff to finish his closing prayer before removing the pulpit. However, coming from backstage and ending up on the floor was more smooth than coming up from the floor. Thanks, Doc!
I also wanted to mention that Kami did a fantastic job as stage manager this weekend. She served the band so well that Devon took the time to email me about what made her work stand out. God-willing, you'll hear more about this in days to come.
Alex worked really hard this weekend since we had a new set design. Thanks, Alex, for making all the adjustments to light the new background. I thought it looked really good, especially on the screen.
We will be making some adjustments to the set for next week. Julie suggested we move all the curtains to the back wall and change the gel color on the stable roof goboes.
The video team did another wonderful job this week. As I mentioned last week, this team does a great job communicating. The only thing I wrote down for the entire morning was that their communication demonstrates that they make getting any speakers on the screen a higher priority than shooting the music well. I love to shoot the music well, but it's definitely less important than getting speakers up on the screen promptly.
Tyler asked via his checklist (yes, I do read your checklist comments!) about the possibility of getting help from the pastors at the ministry mic to cue ministry mic moments. I checked with the pastors about this, and they agreed to give the camera 4 op a notification when someone has been approved to speak at the ministry mic. The process will look something like this:
- When a person comes to the pastor at the ministry mic to explain what they want to say, we'll get camera 4 set up for the ministry mic shot.
- If the pastor doesn't believe this is the right time for their idea, we go back to music operation.
- If the pastor goes to get final approval, we'll hang tight.
- When the pastor returns from getting final approval, he'll notify the camera 4 op, which will be our final word that it is going to happen.
On a more technical note, video producers and camera directors should check the controls on the camera switcher before the service begins. Sometimes the switcher is set to a wipe mode instead of dissolve. To change it, repeatedly press the "Take Select" button next to the T-bar until it says "Dslv :5" in the display.
Dawn and Bethany did an excellent job with the lyrics. Lyric operators, keep in mind that the worship leaders don't always know what you need to know. One question that you can ask the worship leader each time is this: Are there any songs that will not start on verse 1? We often get caught when they start with the chorus or with a different verse. The only way you'll know is to ask.
That's it for me. What blessed you from Sunday? What do you think could have been better?