Guest at the Pulpit or Podium
I wish all our guest speakers were as organized as you.
Rev. Amy has an approach to worship that reveals her thoughtful spiritual nature, combining elements of music, words, and reflection to create a mood of reverence and serenity. It is always a pleasure to be present in worship with her.
I provide pre-recorded video, integrated powerpoint, and/or live zoom presence.
Typical planning process:
2-4 weeks in advance: choose topic with minister or service coordinator. Send me contact information for 1) Newsletter editor, 2) Service Associate/Worship Assistant, 3) RE person/Time for All Ages coordinator, 4) Music coordinator/pianist. Send me your sample order of service. Contract/I9 completed with Office Admin/liaison and I will send them an invoice.
2-3 weeks in advance: Congregation's liaison and I will meet. I will send a) list of suggested hymns to Music coordinator/pianist, 2) list of possible readings to Worship Associate, 3) story or activity to RE person, and draft Order of Service to Service Associate or worship coordinator, 4) sermon blurb and bio to newsletter person.
1 week in advance: I need to know the performed music titles and the hymns and the final OOS.
1 day in advance: check in and rehearsal if needed. I'd also like one or two cell-phone numbers in case of emergency.
I admired how easily and brilliantly you were able to pull everything together throughout the service; you really listen to everyone. That's some presence of mind... At the same time, your own personal message is very, very clear and memorable. Thanks for the "feast for thought."
I loved how Rev. Amy intertwined music and song in the sermon. It was very organic.
Sermons are spoken and heard. My notes prompt my speaking. The best way to hear it again is the audio or video files. I generally do NOT provide copies of my written notes. I welcome any assistance in SUBTITLING!
...your vision for each of the service elements including music, readings and Time for All Ages was thoughtful and everything fit together. Additionally, you delivered your sermon confidently and empathically. It was nicely done.