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Music in Worship
Curator Doug Hanner
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Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
This center offers worship resources such as grants, events, online tools for worship planning, and Spanish language resources.
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A Field Guide to Contemporary Worship: How to Begin and Lead Band-Based Worship
This book combines theology and practical instruction to start or improve a contemporary worship service.
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Worship Design Studio
Woship Design Studio is a web resource by Dr. Marcia McFee, a worship consultant with a background in music, theatre, theology, and liturgy. Here you will find a variety of resources available for turning worship into an integrated and meaningful experience with creative and engaging ideas.
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Renewing Worship
This website, provided the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina and Kenny Lamm, who serves as their senior consultant for worship and music, has an active blog that has new posts at least once a week and covers a variety of subjects including worship planning, media, church year, contemporary worship, and song selection.
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Creating a Good Virtual Worship Experience

I’ve “attended” several synagogue and church worship services over the last weeks and must report my disappointment. That’s a nice way of saying that most really stink. Live streaming a regular worship service just doesn’t work.



Remember that as soon as you put something on a screen, the viewer compares it to everything else they see on their screens. I’m not suggesting you need a full multicamera production, but sticking a laptop in front of the sanctuary does not cut it.



There are lots of churches which offer well done, live services online. Many are megachurches that do this weekly. You don’t have to match the professional productions of megachurches, but think about raising your standards of excellence.


Some things to keep in mind:




  • Is your sanctuary the best place to hold an online worship service? If it’s a large cavernous space, probably not since you’ll likely have audio and lighting issues.


  • Can people hear everything well? The microphone in a laptop or webcam isn’t adequate, especially if it’s not within 3-5 feet from the worship leader. Purchase a simple, inexpensive, USB microphone and move it close to your presenter. Better yet, get several lavalier type mics and a small mixer that feeds your computer.


  • Is the video clear and well lit? Even cheap, high definition webcams are better than most stock cameras in laptops (not necessarily true for some smart phones). And they’re inexpensive. A separate camera allows you to position the camera where it sees the best not where the computer sits best.


  • If you’re using one camera as a catch-all, keep the view tight. Have worship leaders stand close together. Most sanctuaries are too dark for video and lit to focus on certain spots that aren’t optimal for video casting.


  • Don’t ask people to download worship documents beforehand, include them in the experience. This is tougher to do since you’ll need a way to split the screen. If that’s not an option, an alternative is showing just the text during singing and responsive readings. Not only is it easier to view but helps break up the visuals and monotony.


  • If your worship service is boring it will be more boring on video. Consider modifying your normal service. Most importantly, make it shorter, focused and familiar. Remember, your audience is sitting in front of a computer or holding their phones. People want the familiar and the comfortable.


  • Form a team to help. That team may be two people, and that may be enough. Have someone else (not your worship leader) run the computer and handle technical issues.


  • Rehearse! Even if it’s 30 minutes before you go live, practice! You will find things you didn’t think about. Nothing kills the moment worse than congregants watching you mess around trying to fix stuff. Oh, and by the way, start on time!



Resources You Can Use
Here’s a great list of online church resources from PRC-Practical Resources for Churches.  
Using a cell phone and Facebook for livestreaming, check out https://thecrg.org/resources/introduction-to-live-streaming  
A guide to using Facebook Live can be found here: https://www.thecrg.org/resources/how-to-use-facebook-live-the-ultimate-guide

This article first appeared at https://ejewishphilanthropy.com/virtual-worship/

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Taking Flight with Creativity: Worship Design Teams That Work
This resource tackles the ins and outs of vibrant worship, and provides suggestions on how to organize a worship team that can create dynamic and spiritually grounded worship.
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Ancient Faith, Future Mission: Fresh Expressions in the Sacramental Tradition
This collection of essays discusses the future of the Christian church, drawing upon current cultural and religious contexts in the U.S. and the U.K.
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A Primer on Christian Worship: Where We've Been, Where We Are, Where We Can Go
This book focuses on worship renewal by examining faithful worship and how history shapes worship practices.
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Alternative to Worship?
This article describes an event designed to help young adults connect with their Jewish heritage on High Holy Days through social and educational components.
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Prayerscapes
This website, provided by Prayerscapes, a group of Christian musicians, dramatic readers, and worship and prayer creators, offers videos and films that have both spoken and musical content and include daily prayers, a house blessing, and well-known prayers, such the Lord’ s Prayer and Psalm 23.
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