El Jefe and I missed Palm Sunday services for the first time I can remember. We were traveling home that morning after attending an out-of-town wedding.
Yesterday I discovered that our church posts podcasts of all the sermons on its website! I'm going to listen to it when I drive into town this morning to attend some meetings at presbytery. I wish the whole service was available, because the music we rehearsed in choir practice was amazing.
Then it occurred to me that listening to a podcast is similar to listening to a sermon from the choir loft. For years I've watched the back of the preacher's head as he/she delivered the sermon. The first time I sang in worship at our new church I saw there was a worship screen mounted in the rear of the sanctuary in a loft area that faced the choir. All the words to the hymns, prayers, responses etc were projected on it. I was so excited because I assumed that it would also project the pastor giving the sermon.
WRONG! A GIANT old-fashioned clock complete with a second hand fills the screen during the sermon. No doubt the purpose is to keep the pastor from getting so Spirit-filled that the service runs overtime and the congregation is late for lunch.