April 11 2021
The recent Pandemic related “zoning” change in our region caused our church Session, (the congregation’s leadership team) to reconsider worshipping in person. At a quick meeting after worship, it was decided to return to virtual services for the next four weeks. It’s a good decision that helps protect everyone and serves as an excellent example of taking responsibility with our little village.
The only problem with this decision is that it was made on Good Friday, leaving me only a day and a half to get everything ready and record the service. Thankfully, all of the paperwork had been done and, in a pre-emptive move, we had already made of video of the worship music. Whew! Unfortunately, even that bit of work didn’t keep me from having to pull an all-nighter in order to be ready for Sunday morning. As a result, I was up ’til 5am doing the final editing, and the finished product wasn’t uploaded until around 6:30am. Needless to same, that timeline was cutting the delivery of the virtual service pretty close. Nevertheless, it got all done and I was able to offer up a presentable product just in time.
Don’t think I’m complaining in any way. I did what had to be done. Rather than rush the result, I took the necessary time to make sure the service was as good as it could be. Much of the the effort was focussed on getting the place ready for worship. Having seen the previous videos and not being entirely pleased with them, I decided to change things up and decorate the Sanctuary. There was also extra prep work involved, as Easter Sunday at St. Andrew’s features flowers donated by families honouring their loved ones, which needed to be presented properly. (A big thanks to my wife, Lois, for helping with that). Then there was technical set-up, which took a while to get right. Remarkably, recording the service took only as long as the liturgy itself as no re-takes were necessary for once. Once all that was done, the music and liturgy and worship all had to be edited and uploaded, which brought me to my 6:30am bedtime. Suffice it to say, things took a while to get done, but it all worked out in the end.
Out of all of this, I’m thankful for the Session’s quick decision to change our worship format. It might have required some fast and fancy footwork to bring to fruition, but it did get done, even if it was just in time. I’m also thankful for the Easter blessing of new life provided by Jesus, something which is always available to us whenever we need it.
Unlike my last-minute efforts, Jesus is always ready to help us. No matter how quickly we ask Him for help, no matter how rushed we might be, His response is instantaneous. No all-nighters are needed by Him. All we have to do is ask and He makes His decision to respond in love then and there. Thanks be to God for Jesus’ constant readiness!
Published previously, April 11, as part of my weekly “Thoughts” for my congregation, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Coldwater.