The weather has been nonstop snow for the last three days! It’s just been snow, snow, and more snow. It’s beautiful and fun, but it’s also not easy to get around on the snowy roads. Our snowplows still have a lot of work to do before all the roads are cleared.
So what do you do when it’s time for church but most of the people in your church family can’t get there? Well, I’m so glad you asked! The answer is, thanks to technology, you bring the church service right to them! Providentially, this is the weekend that Mission Church planned on launching our online campus, which means that anyone with internet could watch our services online. And not just watch, but also worship, interact in a chat room, respond to the message, receive prayer support, and even give.
When we knew that our regular services probably weren’t going to happen, we still wanted to make the online experience happen. On a regular weekend (whatever that is!), we would just broadcast a recording of a live service. But today, we didn’t have that. So we just pulled together the worship team (musicians and singers) and the production team (sound, light, and camera technicians). Then we all met at the building and had church! Church musicians often say that we perform for “an audience of one.” This means that we’re singing for the Lord, and what we do is an offering to him, above all else. We definitely got a chance to put that into practice tonight. Almost all the seats in the congregation section were empty, but we knew that there would be people worshipping with us on their computers all around town the next morning, or even all around the country, or the world. You just never know!
If you would like to worship with us in the morning, here is the address:
The service times are the same as our regularly scheduled services: 9am and 10:45 am Pacific Standard Time. We’ll be watching here at our house. I must admit that I’m kind of nervous, since I got to be on the worship team this weekend. But it’s all recorded now and getting ready for the internet. Oh boy!
Here are some pics from tonight:
An almost empty room. But we still had a great time.
The tech team is getting ready.
Looking to see if everything recorded correctly.
There’s always a little post production to do.
Wherever you go tomorrow, even if it’s online, may you have a blessed worship experience with the body of Christ, his Church!