Posted tagged ‘Worship’

Power Problems

June 1, 2011

Last Thursday the area in which I live experienced some pretty harsh weather that knocked out the electricity for most of our county. Initial reports stated that it could be 3 to 5 days before electricity would be restored. Since I live in a rural area that was not a real major deal because most rural people are pretty resourceful, and we can easily go for a day or two without electricity. The big question that I kept getting asked was “are we still having church?” My response – “Of course!” Church would be different than normal, but we could still easily have church. We have plenty of windows for light, I could use my acoustic guitar for worship, and since I have been blessed with volume (i.e. I’m a natural loudmouth) people would have no problem hearing the sermon! Fortunately the power came back on in time and we were able to have our typical Sunday morning service.

The fact that we had no power made me very appreciative that I minister in a rural area. In a church of about 85 people we can easily go “unplugged” if we need to. Can you imagine how difficult it would be for some of the Big Boys in metro areas if they were without power? Would they even be able to have church? Yep, being rural rocks!

Here’s something else to think about – what would the quality of your service be without electricity? I’m talking no PowerPoint, video projectors, stage lights, sound systems, or anything else that requires electricity. Would people still feel the presence of God? Would they leave the service thinking “I’m glad I came today”? Don’t get me wrong, I love using technology in church and feel that PowerPoint, video clips, sound systems and the like can really enhance our effectiveness. But we also cannot forget that the real source of our power comes from God. If people cannot be drawn into His presence without all the multimedia, then we have a true “power outage.”

What would your church service look like without electricity? How can we make sure that we never lose sight of the real source of our power?

Freebie Friday – Free Creative Materials

April 29, 2011

A huge obstacle that is often faced in rural ministry is the lack of funds to buy tools and resources.  To help combat this problem the Rural Ministry Blog has Freebie Friday!  Every Friday we will take a look at a free resource that could benefit anyone involved with rural ministry.

Today’s freebie is from Open Lifechurch.tv, which offers high quality creative materials for sermons, small groups, youth, children, and worship services.  The materials include videos, graphics, and message notes.  The best part about it is that it’s all free!  Here’s a direct quote from the Open Lifechurch.tv website:

“… all we ask is that content is used in a non-commercial application in which the overall mission is to lead people to Christ. That’s absolutely it. And if a free gift with no strings attached seems too good to be true…well, isn’t that why we’re all doing what we’re doing anyway?”

I have used their material for my church youth group and found it to be absolutely outstanding!  The videos and graphics are top notch and the message notes are easily adaptable and customizable for almost any setting.  Open Lifechurch.tv also has downloadable worship sets in which their worship team leads a full contemporary song service complete with on screen lyrics.  These worship sets are perfect for Sunday morning services, youth services, or whenever you need a high quality contemporary song service.

My hat is off to Lifechurch.tv – this is a ministry that gets it.  They could easily charge for this material, but instead are more focused on offering their resources to further the Kingdom.  Although they do not ask for anything, I’m sure they would accept a donation to their ministry if you choose to bless them for blessing you.

Check out all the resources available at Open Lifechurch.tv at http://open.lifechurch.tv/ or go to their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/LifeChurchtv.OPEN

FYI: Some of the files are huge (one worship set I downloaded was over 900MB) so you will need a high speed Internet connection to take full advantage of the site.

Disclosure: Neither the Rural Ministry Blog or Harry Colegrove benefit in any way from this product review