It’s amazing to me how quickly the time from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning can FLY by. I walked into the building a little before 7:15, set down my stuff, got out my two laptops and turned them on, prepared them for their assigned tasks, and headed over to the Sanctuary to get things going. In no time at all, it was 8:30 and time for the sync-ing song, and nearly immediately after that, we were under four minutes on the countdown timer for the 9:30 service.
This service had been talked about a lot, and I felt pretty good about what was going on. But even though we mostly do the Same Thing every week, it was a week that was clearly not quite the Same Thing. With College Pastor preaching, a Father’s Day gift extravaganza, a video, and a new person on computer, at times it seemed as though we had never done this Thing… ever. Nevertheless, in spite of a few awkward moments here and there, it all happened as it should.
There was only one near-panic moment for me, and is perfect post-Sunday post material. As the countdown was nearing 0:00 for the second service, Utility Instrumentalist and Helper Elf were hanging out at the booth. As I was making sure I was ready to go, and that our team was onstage, I looked at Utility Instrumentalist and said, “What are you doing here?!?” thinking that he was going to have to sprint to the Other Room to play. As he was about to respond, I realized that there was no service happening in the Other Room. We’re only doing two rooms at 9:30 this summer.
So even though things were a little rough yesterday, at least there was no running required.