Sunday Service Rearrangement in the Face of Challenges

This post is apart of Sunday Setlists.

Early service:

  • Choir: The Lord Is the Strength of My Life
  • We Praise You, O God, Our Redeemer
  • Great Is Thy Faithfulness
  • Day by Day
  • The Solid Rock
  • The Unseen Hand
  • All Who Are Thirsty

Contemporary service:

  • O Taste and See
  • Let the Praises Ring
  • Hosanna (Baloche)
  • Not To Us
  • Open the Eyes of My Heart
  • Rescue

The day started out interesting for me, and then got more interesting… When I got into the car on the way to the church, I couldn’t stop coughing, and almost gagging. It was sudden, so I almost wonder if it was spiritual warfare (though I prefer not to always make that an easy conclusion for everything).

The coughing ended by the time the morning prayer time was over; however, after the choir met for warmup, one of our pastors informed me that EasyWorship, our worship presentation software, was refusing to function. If that were not enough of a distraction, our projectors were flicking on and off!

Wow. The solution in the face of such technical challenges? We rearranged the service order, placing the choir special after announcements in the beginning to give someone time to photocopy lyric sheets and pass them out to the congregation as a substitution for projecting the lyrics on the screen.

It was actually refreshing to change things up a little, even if it was done in the spur of the moment. At times, I’ve noticed that such occurrences or being faced with our own human (or technical) limitations can cause us to be more sensitive and aware of God’s presence and our vital dependence on Him.

After early service ended, our media tech transferred the second service lyrics directly into Powerpoint, and another tech got a ladder and cleaned the filters on the projectors. God being so faithful, solutions were discovered for each problem. After service, EasyWorship was fixed as well after our Powerpoint person searched the Internet for a solution.

But if you know of alternatives to EasyWorship (Windows-based, even though I use a Mac, they use Windows), Share your thoughts here. I’m curious to know what else is out there.

A fellow worship leader from Ireland, Alastair, and his family are currently on vacation in our area, so they visited during second service. He will probably have a photo or two on his blog when he returns. :)

7 thoughts on “Sunday Service Rearrangement in the Face of Challenges

  1. Amanda, check out http://www.opensong.org/ This is a great little program for presentations, lead sheets and lyric sheets. It also has integrated bible modules availible. We’ve been using it for a couple years and will not even think about anything else.

    Oh, yeah, and it’s open source. Yanno, free!

    Mike

  2. The service was great on Sunday. Any technical difficulties were not obvious to congregation – at least in second service!

    What version of EasyWorship do you use there? You should speak to their support people, a newer version might fix things for you.

  3. @Mike: Thanks for the link! I’ve forwarded it to our Powerpoint tech to check out!

    @Alastair: Yes, I think all technical stuff was fine at 2nd service. It wasn’t as fancy using Powerpoint for lyrics vs. EasyWorship, but having the lyrics up is more important than cool animations! At early service it wasn’t bad either. Good thing the choir uses lyric sheets–we were able to make quick copies extra for the congregation to use so they could still be engaged.

    As for the EasyWorship version… I know they use a version that came out in 2006. Apparently they can’t go any higher because of the laptop being used, but I was informed today that they are going to try to budget something in… who knows! They have an even older version on the laptop that worked Sunday, but wasn’t up-to-date with all the new songs.

    Glad you and your family could come visit! :)

  4. I love those days. We just had a massive day in our church just 3 weeks ago and easy worship “crapped” out like that. But we fixed it….we got rid of easy worship and got a imac and propresenter. easy worship doesn’t screw anymore of our services up. haha

    Love the improvising! God does cool things in those moments we are uncomfortable.

  5. We’ve been using EasyWorship for about 4 years now. The thing that I found made the biggest difference is when we finally bit the bullet and completely upgraded the PC that we were using. (I’m a mac fan/user, too, so I hate the PC mentality as it is…) When we spent about $800 and bought a Dell that doubled all of the suggested operating specs on EW, we’ve never had another iota of trouble. We are VERYYY media-heavy as well, with most services having 2-3 videos, audio tracks, powerpoint, and use of the built-in songs. I think it might be the workstation. As media coordinator, it was a huge deal to me to know that the PC that was being used wasn’t going to crap out on one of my volunteers in the middle of the service! :)

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