"A Village Church With A Heart For The World"
Christ United Church
12 Perth St., PO Box 113, Lyn, ON, K0E 1M0
(613)498-0281 (Phone) (613)498-2589 (Fax)
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Sunday, August 1, 2021 – Summer Message
Message from JoAnne Fletcher
Who would have guessed that Covid times would be a time of learning for so many of us? We have learned to Zoom, to hold meetings in new and creative ways, and found new ways to stay in touch. After the initial shock of not being able to meet as a congregation wore off, we began to think about how we might be able to worship together even though we were apart.
Romans 12:6: Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness
We knew we couldn’t do online worship without someone who could do the filming and LeeAnn stepped up, even though she knew she had a lot to learn. Fred, Tim, Wendy and LeeAnn met weekly to film services in the sanctuary, and Tim learned how to put the pieces together to make a movie to upload to YouTube for the congregation to watch and listen. Lois learned how to make the video available to those in the congregation who were able to view it. She also created bulletins with details of the service for those who did not have computers, and dedicated volunteers delivered those services to them every week and kept in touch with all members of the congregation.
Ephesians 4:16: From whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
Soon, Tim learned how to make music files using the voices of all the choir members for the hymns, and how we rejoiced to hear us all singing ‘together’ again! Two of those choir pieces were used at Catherine Clow’s funeral service, bringing tears to my eyes at the loving presence of these faithful servants of God in that place, even if it was in voice only. I learned how to make videos to introduce the services and ensure copyright was noted, and how to make movies of services using friends, family members and natural environments.
1 Peter 4:10: As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace
Worship leaders of all kinds stepped up throughout the Covid times, many having never done video taping of themselves before. The movie format allowed us to add videos and graphics that enhanced the services and allowed people to participate from near and far. Services were interesting, informative and varied. How fortunate we are at Christ United to have so many who are willing to step out of their comfort zone and embrace a new and uncertain future. We not only survived Covid times, but in many ways we even grew and thrived!
1 Corinthians 12:4-6: Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.
If anyone is interested in how we created the online content and movies that were uploaded to YouTube, I invite you to check out the link here, in which I explain much of what we did: