Happy Birthday to the church! The unofficial beginning of the Christian church begins when the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles with a rush of wind and flames on the day we call Pentecost. We celebrate with a worship service full of music typically done in our Emerging Worship format (without the full ensemble!) as well as the sacrament of the Lord's Supper.
It wouldn't be the weekend without another technical glitch, right? So this week's misadventure begins with an attempt to make Pastor Michael's voice more clear on our recordings. We tested out a wireless microphone that would connect directly with my phone camera. All three of us (Michael, John, and I) checked it with the ear piece. Perfectly clear, best it's ever sounded. What did we discover after we finished recording? The phone didn't recognize the external microphone and used the default built-in microphone. Apparently we needed a special cable that allows the phone to recognize the mic. So, during the spoken parts of the service, you may hear the air conditioning coming on in the background, you might occasionally hear John breathing into his mask from behind the camera, and at times Michael's voice might be a little "echo-y." I did the best to filter it with the EQ settings in the video editor to amplify his voice and got it to a fairly decent place I think. The music part was recorded on another device closer to the piano, so it is clearer and has no background noise. I'm gonna get this right - it's driving me crazy!
As we've invited you to do in the past, if you would like to participate in communion, we ask that you prepare the elements of bread and cup before you watch so that you may partake when instructed to do so. And, these songs are some of our favorites that are well known to the congregation - so join us in the celebration by singing at home!
With all of the chaos and turmoil happening in the world around us, take some time to be with the Holy Spirit today.
PDF bulletin, SoundCloud audio, and YouTube video links below: