You can’t always predict where worship will happen.
I don’t remember how I first started working on church media. We were serving Crossgates United Methodist at the time, and I somehow ended up clicking through the lyrics on Power Point for a non-traditional worship service. Probably, Corey needed someone to do it, and I filled in. It turned out, I was pretty good at it. There was something about the involvement in the service I enjoyed.
When we moved to Tupelo, I joined the media team for the non-traditional service they have here, The Invitation. Back then, we built the service using Media Shout. We met weekly as a team, finding images, laughing together, telling stories, etc… And then one of us showed up early Sunday morning to run the show. Over time, the team sort of fell apart, and it was often just me and one other person running it. Then, when I started homeschooling, I had to step away for a while as well.
I missed it, and I was so very glad when one of our pastors asked me to return as a part of the creative team.
I know, for some people, sitting behind a laptop for the whole worship service might seem boring. It might seem like it would keep you from worshipping.
I have found the opposite to be true. By working on the creative team, I am a part of planning the service. I know what we are doing and why we are doing it. I think about the service for weeks before it happens. I choose images that convey a certain emotion or idea. I work to make sure there are no distracting typos and that everything is in a clean easy to read font.
Then comes Sunday morning, and I am at church by 7AM, laptop plugged in and lyrics moving along with the band as they practice. If there is a problem, I’m trying to solve it. I am a part of what is going on around me.
Maybe I can’t throw my hands in the air and close my eyes and worship when I am in charge of making sure the lyrics are on the screen at just the right time. But I worship still. I read every word of every song we sing over and over and over. I make the words a part of my brain and they stay with me. I get to help those of you sitting in the pews to worship freely, and that is a pretty amazing feeling.
Running media on Sunday mornings has become a part of my worship experience. The people on the creative team have become a kind of family here in Tupelo. When other areas of my life aren’t going so well, this is one area where I always feel competent and appreciated.
This summer, Corey and I will move away from Tupelo. There’s a brand new adventure awaiting us. This past Sunday, Easter, I sat with my coffee and ProPresenter and I mourned a little. There will only be a few more early mornings with Harris and the band rehearsing and Cedric checking sound. Only a few more times will Clete make sure I have enough coffee while I watch Camille lighting candles around the worship space.
I’m sure I will run media for future services in future locations, but this team… this family…
It’s hard to say goodbye.
Is there an unconventional means of worship in your life? Something you never thought of as worship, but it stills you… it brings your focus away from self and onto God? Is there something in your life that draws you to Jesus in an unexpected way?
If not, I pray there will be. Keep your eyes open. You never know where family will form… where worship will happen.