Let’s Get Cheesy

While some of my students are really into our story series there are others who are getting a little tired of it. You can just see it in their eyes. So I tried to come up with a way to spice up the story this week. I thought it would be funny to add a bunch of pictures as I told the story, but I couldn’t figure out how to cue my tech person on when to fire them. So instead I just recorded a video of me telling the story and stuck the pictures in.

It isn’t perfect, in fact it is pretty rough, but it worked. The spirit of the lesson improved greatly and more students seemed to be involved in the story and the discussion. Anyway, I thought it would be funny to stick it here for you to see.

Christmas Background Video

I was looking for moving videos to display behind the lyrics of our Christmas songs and couldn’t find much that I liked. So I pulled a Juice Drop from Digital Juice and took it apart a bit and then animated it in After Effects. You can check it out below and then download the mpeg file if you want it for your own church. Sorry, it is only in SD format cause that is all that we need at our church.

Ornaments Back.mpg

Worship Graphics

Check out Kinetic Faith for some free graphics and video for worship. From their website:

KineticFaith.com is a clearinghouse for the graphic and video design work used at our church.We are making all this content available for download at no charge. Our prayer is that this can be a resource for those churches that lack the money or personnel to purchase or develop content for their church and worship services.

Included in this site are worship backgrounds and covers in themed series for specific messages and generic content for any worship setting.


Visual Worship

Over the past few years I have found myself drifting more and more towards the visual side of worship. I think it is because for most of my life the visuals of worship were the same church every week and a hymnal, with maybe a different picture on the Baptist Sunday School issued bulletin shell.

I don’t know if it is because of the generation that I work with, or because I have heard the message in spoken form for so long, but nothing hits me like a great well placed image. For instance the song “footsteps of Jesus” has a different feel to it if the background of the words are of Jesus on the cross. The message becomes something else if the background image is of children in Africa. With simple imagery you are able to bring a freshness to our corporate worship time.

This new pull of my life has me spending more time trying to create visuals for church too.

You know what this isn’t making any sense. I am trying to say that I would love to go back to school become a graphic designer and then do that in the church. But as I try to type it I keep thinking about how much I love dealing with people and I think it wouldn’t be long before I would want to get out from behind the computer to lead again.

Oh well, I should probably delete this post, but I haven’t written much lately so I will leave it up here even if it is just rambling. If this is your first time go back a couple of months and read some of the good stuff. I would hate to be judges on this jumbled entry.