Since I wasn't there for all the activity, Ben has written this Overdrive post:
By way of review, this past week included:
- Mike Bradshaw led worship.
- Kenneth Maresco led communion.
- Josh Harris gave announcements.
- Don DeVries preached on Hebrews 2:14-18.
The mixing, done by Julie, was crisp and clean last week. Having four singers in addition to the lead is not the typical set up, but Julie did an outstanding job bringing clarity to the vocals. Julie was working especially hard to make sure the mix was even throughout the room. Was there anything missing where you were sitting?
There was a minimal amount that could be done this past week to the lights due to the Christmas Eve production coming up. Dave did an excellent job utilizing what was available. He also mentioned that there are many times in which a small change needs to be made during the service itself. Have any other lighting operators experienced this?
There were a few very nice last minute catches by the video crew this week. Many small things happen week to week that are not planned, such as a pastor walking up on stage during a song to share a word, and the team does a great job handling those moments, especially when I myself don’t catch them.
Also, on a side note, if ever a piece of equipment is not working properly or not giving you signal, make sure it is plugged in to a power outlet. One of our main side projectors was not working 10 min before the first service, so I began thinking through all the possible problems, except the possibility of it not being plugged in. Thanks to Bram for troubleshooting that one.
I also wanted to make brief mention of a couple lyric projection items. And let me just say… working the lyrics and sermon notes is more difficult than you may think if you have not done it! You’re responsible for what a few thousand people will be viewing, so the whole timing/clicking the right button thing can be a stressful. Anyways…
- One small note is to make sure during the sermon to leave the sermon notes, if any, up long enough for people to write them down. A good rule of thumb is to write it out yourself, with pen and paper (not in your head), slowly, three times before taking it down. (I’m sure it sounds minor, but if its left up too long or too short, people get distracted.)
- And the second is to be aware of what is happening on stage, and primarily instructions that come from the stage (ex: Mike explaining about not showing a certain verse in the song in effort to memorize the lyrics). The easy tendency, as I myself know, is to stop paying close attention and engage in the time of singing. However, for the sake of serving others we need to be aware.