Only Children from Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit’s forming album Reunions.
When you’re a story-teller or a communicator the line blurs between living and gathering material for creative purposes.

Are you still taking notes?
The Holy Ghost could get inside you
You’d do whatever you put your mind to
Will you read me what you wrote?

Tripp and Tyler usually produce comedy videos.
This time they simulate a video conference call with all the participants in the same room.
If you’ve ever wondered what video conferences are like, this explains it.
One of my Facebook friends posted this asking if any of our video conferences had been like this.
The question is actually if any video conferences have not been like this.
And, of course, for some people this has been their experience of church on Sundays recently as well.

The videos we’re producing as a substitute for our weekly worship services are as similar to those services as we can make them.
That’s intentional, rather than sourcing professionally produced content with some input from us.
If people are missing our worship we’re providing a sense of continuity with that.
If we want something that looks and sounds like a professional show then we’re not really missing our gathered worship.
One aspect of the move online has been that more complex forms of services have more logistic difficulties to overcome.
You’d think some people might realise that this season is an opportunity to simplify and deepen, not add even more complexity and overwhelm people with content.
As this situation drags on the opportunity to add will present itself.

Preacher Thoughts puts it like this:

One of the best pieces of advice I read suggests pastors should stay in their lanes. If you are suddenly videoing yourself, don’t act like you’ve got the full production studio working behind you. Just… be normal. Few things are worse to watch than somebody acting like they are pro when they are quite clearly not. You were not hired to be a reporter or newsreader or game show host. Be you.
Another free piece of advice, this one just from me, is this: Don’t make it too good. Read some Neil Postman before you shoot. Think about the effect of the medium itself. We committed to a no-rehearsal, no-edit version of a stripped down Sunday worship service for the first two weeks of the pandemic. This was intentional. I would argue that as production quality increases, authenticity diminishes. In fact, we shot the whole thing on one iPhone with zero edits. And, in my opinion, it was fine. Listen, I used to work a little in this field. The bad lighting, bad sound and one-shot filming did everything wrong in one sense, but everything as close to right in another. We were not filming this service to send out to the world. It was for our members. They know us, so they know fake.


At least all the dictionaries will have genuine contenders for ‘Word of the Year’ in 2020.
When they say ‘word’ they usually mean ‘phrase’.
It will be a toss-up between ‘social distancing’ or ‘flatten the curve’.
I’m not usually happy about anything that gives the impression math has uses in everyday life.
I am usually more happy with anything that justifies avoiding people.


The season of lament seems to have taken root, and even the promise of celebration at Easter is coloured by the fact that that celebration will be with the Lord but in the absence of the physical presence of His people this year.
Belwether Arts have produced an EP of songs suitable for the reflections of this season in the church year, and for the current cultural moment of Covid-19.
This song is based on the transition from the season of Lent to Palm Sunday, a time when the events of Jesus’ condemnation and rejection come to focus.
It is recorded with the hymn tune EBENEZER.

The lyrics:
In this forty days of fasting
May your kingdom grow in power
Full of humble saints ascending
Interceding for this hour
In the midst of pain and sorrow
As we journey in the wild
Full of fear and great temptations
Longing to be reconciled
Pour your peace and shower comfort
Hope and light from heaven’s son
Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy
Kyrie Eleison
Send your fire, and send your angels
Minister your grace to us
In the storm, and in the stillness
Guide us from the wilderness
Now with Jesus on the journey
Leading soon to Calvary
Voices crying “Son of David”
Man of sorrows, set us free
For the Vict’ry we are waiting;
“Hallelujah” saints will sing
In the light of Easter morning
Jesus rises as the King

Words by Bruce Benedict, with significant support from Andy Bast and Noah McLaren.
Lyrics: © 2020 Cardiphonia Music.
Music (EBENEZER D) by Thomas J. Williams, 1890, arranged by Andy Bast, 2020.

Westminster Shorter Catechism – Lord’s Day 14

Q & A 27
Q Wherein did Christ’s humiliation consist?
A Christ’s humiliation consisted in his being born, and that in a low condition,1 made under the law,2 undergoing the miseries of this life,3 the wrath of God,4 and the cursed death of the cross;5 in being buried, and continuing under the power of death for a time.6

*1 Luke 2:7; 2 Corinthians 8:9; Galatians 4:4.
*2 Galatians 4:4.
*3 Isaiah 53:3; Luke 9:58; John 4:6; John 11:35; Hebrews 2:18.
*4 Psalm 22:1; Matthew 27:46; Isaiah 53:10; 1 John 2:2.
*5 Galatians 3:13; Philippians 2:8.
*6 Matthew 12:40; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4.

Here’s the video service prepared for Mount Gambier Presbyterian for the weekend of April 5, 2020. (Palm Sunday)

We have pre-recorded the elements and they’ve been edited and uploaded beforehand to provide a more stable viewing experience, and to also allow DVDs of the video to be burned and distributed so off-line members can view them at the same time.

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