Creating Meaningful Worship

Despite the pain and isolation of the quarantine, and the ominous reality of a worldwide pandemic over our heads, your church musicians are flourishing under the challenge of quarantine. Twelve of them, including two youth, performed for our biannual (but first-ever online) Music Under the Stars concert. 15 singers participated in our first virtual choir piece, "Sanctuary," and even more are participating with our next one, which will be out in a few weeks.

And every Sunday, your musicians are creating music for your worship services from their own homes, either by themselves, or with tracks of their own or others' making. We're learning new software, learning to tolerate recording ourselves, learning how to transfer files, learning about lighting and acoustics, learning about every setting in Zoom, and most of all, learning how much we appreciate making music together in person.

Even though it's fun to create things remotely, we are all looking forward to being back together, having our sound waves mingling around the same room at the same time. Until that time occurs, we will continue finding new ways to create meaningful worship for you all.

This month's Volunteer Spotlight goes to Katherine Martin for her many hours of work behind the scenes. For years, Katherine has been a dedicated member of the A/V team, running sound and slides during worship services, back in the olden days when we were meeting at the church. When we went to Zooming worship services, Katherine was first a virtual usher, and then she shadowed Steve Morihiro and learned the Zoom MC role so she could alternate with him in the job. For those of you watching the service on Zoom, you should know that there are many things happening behind the scenes that, if all goes well, you'll never know about. Katherine has been there for us every single Sunday, plus every single Saturday afternoon for tech rehearsals with all the Sunday participants. Though not creating the music for the church's Music Ministry, she makes it possible for us to be heard and to sound good. Thanks, Katherine, for your hours and hours of patient and attentive service to our worship services!

If anyone else would like to be involved in music-making, or behind-the-scenes with technology, please contact me anytime.

Musically Yours,
Beth Syverson
Director of Music Ministries
MusicDirector@ocuuc.org