Monday, April 09, 2007

Happy Easter... is Over

I am happy that Easter is over. Unfortunately, where church is concerned, Easter has become an extremely stressful time. Almost as stressful of Christmas, with the productions.

Friday was going straight from my "real" job to church to set up sound with the incomparable Scott Hernbeck for the band and was at church from 5 until 10 that night. Then back to church on Saturday at 10 for the annual Easter Egg hunt, in the FREEZING cold. Amazingly, I think it was colder on Saturday than it was on the last day Kinsey and I were in Colorado. The rest of Saturday was nice though with the weekly shopping and then watching one of my favorite movies ever, Die Hard.

Sunday, we got to church at 8:10 AM. I had two amazing guys in the booth for me this week, Scott on sound and Pat Ford (who really doesn't need to move to Idaho) on MediaShout, so I got to sit in the congregation with my wife on a Sunday morning. I think the last time I was able to that was the week before Connor was born, so almost 11 months ago. We got to go to lunch and Kinsey got to play at a playground for about 30 minutes before getting back to the building at 2:30 and doing more sound stuff with the band and the chorus got there at 3:30 and we did a run through. We worked more sound issues and relaxed for about an hour until 6 when the show started. Scott Hernbeck ran the sound and Sheryl ran the MediaShout, so I got to sit on the floor again and hold Connor the whole time. We then broke down all the sound equipment and loaded it up and Sheryl and I got to leave with the kids at 8:10 PM.

It was a long weekend and it was stressful. But Sunday morning was pretty incredible with some of the testimonies that were given in lieu of a sermon. And not that I have anything against sermons, but there are a lot of times that I would prefer to hear someone's story rather than didactic teaching. And Sunday night was a great time of worship, but there are times that I do get tired. It's nice to be in the moment of worship, but it's always in the back of my mind that I'm going to have to get to work as soon as it's over. Sometimes like an anvil over my head.

At any rate it's over. And I'm back at work and can relax a bit... comparatively.


Robert said...

Thank you for the work that you do. The only time people notice the sound system is when things go wrong. It takes a lot of time, effort, and energy for the sound system to go unnoticed. Without your ministry it would be very difficult for Tim and Brandon to minister to the 1000+ people that attend Otter Creek.

chris said...

I think it sad when worship is turned into a "show."

With proper acoustics would an elaborate sound system be necessary?

Phil said...

Well, Chris, to some extent that's true, but also remember that Easter is generally one of the two times a year that we do a really big blowout worship "event," and so we do a lot more sound stuff than normal, i.e. band, chorus, etc.

Would better acoustics help? Some, but not in that case to alleviate the need for the additional work that goes into such a weekend.

Christy said...

I appreciate all the work you and your family put into my enjoyment of a Sunday morning. You guys really are part of the backbone and it wouldn't be the same without you. Last night rocked!! I hope you do get some much needed rest:)

Amy W said...

You're the man, Phil! Thanks for all your never-ending hard work!! There are MANY of us at Otter who notice and appreciate your efforts!

bpb said...

Hey, here in North Alabama, it was colder on Easter than it was on Christmas! Brrr . . .

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