One of our Worship Leaders referred to our opening song as the “syncing song” yesterday. I heard “sinking song” and was a little bit confused. However, she was referring to our first song of the day that both rooms do at the same time, and consequently need to finish at the same time. Thus, this song has to be “synced.”
In the first service, our syncing song worked out great, but in the second service, the Other Room went about thirty seconds longer than my room. As a side note, thirty seconds might not seem like a long time to you, but when you’re aware of every second and things need to be happening on stage and in different rooms, thirty seconds is an eternity. In any event, as our room was finishing the song, Senior Pastor began walking on stage. As the song finished, he began talking and doing the “welcome to our church today” piece, which is exactly what was supposed to happen. Except that the Other Room was still singing their song.
As soon as I saw Senior Pastor walking onto the stage, I knew what was going to happen, and I began talking to Worship Pastor on stage, telling him the Other Room wasn’t ready and that he needed to stop Senior Pastor. After a moment, Worship Pastor interrupted and said, “Senior Pastor, you need to stop.” Of course, Senior Pastor was slightly taken aback at this, and then Worship Pastor explained what was going on. And so we waited another fifteen or twenty seconds. Then we sent the live video to the Other Room, and Senior Pastor commenced with the welcoming and what not. He made a couple of jokes and it was all very, very funny, particularly since there was really nothing else we could have done at the moment.
And as an update from last week, Youth Intern ran the computer for us yesterday and instead of putting up my “Please help us stack chairs and move them to the right” slide, he made a new one that said “Please help us stack chairs and move them equally to both sides of the room” with an arrow pointing to both sides. And these clear instructions seemed to work!