Just this morning the ELCA Rostered Leaders were to gather virtually for an online meeting with Bishop Eaton. Stephanie and I tried to follow a link to join, but it didn’t work? Trouble shooting I tried to sign on to the ELCA Homepage – that too was not working. It soon became apparent that the meeting would not happen as planned.
Following this meeting, we attended the Bloomington Conference Rostered Leaders Meeting, which was rescheduled from its normal time to allow us all to attend the ELCA meeting. The moderator opened the meeting by asking how everyone was doing. Immediately one of the participants replied, “I’m frustrated, I planned my morning around the ELCA meeting and wasted 45 minutes.” Yes, technology is a wonderful thing when it works.
This past Sunday, St. Luke’s had technical difficulties. There was a problem with the sound for livestreaming. Our apologies. In the past we have also had upload issues as we attempt to live stream worship. However, we have not missed a worship. It has been posted on YouTube.com every week. In fact, since I have been here we have only missed worship once and that had nothing to do with technology – we were snowed in on Sunday, April 15, 2018.
I am thankful for all the people who have made it possible for St. Luke’s to continue to hold worship every week whether it was prerecorded, outside in our parking lot, live streamed, or uploaded following worship. What a gift. What a sacrifice.
The picture included for this blog shows four people trying to solve the issue. I give thanks for each one of them, members: David Johnson, Jon Sasseville, Paul Klein, along with Doug Klein from Intermedia Systems, the organization we have contracted with for live streaming. I give thanks to every member of St. Luke’s who volunteers their time, talent, and treasure to carry out our mission. Without each of us chipping in, supporting one another, offering grace and finding solutions when things need to be fixed where would we be? This is what it means to be church. May the grace of Jesus Christ be with you and shared with others.
Worship is so important at St. Luke’s we offer four ways to participate:
1. Live and in person – currently socially distanced.
2. Online through Facebook and/or YouTube either live streamed or uploaded.
3. Podcast on Soundcloud.
4. Message sent by mail to those members who are not online.
Thankfully the sound for our Soundcloud Podcast this week was not affected. You can hear the readings and message here: https://www.stlukesbloomington.org/streaming.html
Ongoing prayers and blessings, Rob
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