More than ever before in the history of humanity, we have so much access to information. At the click of an app, the switching on of a radio or TV or the click of a computer mouse! For some of you, nothing will replace the newspaper, and I get that!
It is all about instant access, instant communication. Who could have imagined that at your fingertips you can watch live the USA Congress impeachment proceeding from Washington DC!
My first degree was in Communications. I graduated as a TV Producer and Director from one of the first Communications Institutes in Santiago Chile. However, as grand this title may sound, we all know that this industry works very differently. You start at the bottom, and you work your way up, so I began my work as an Assistant Producer in the news department of the first private TV company in Chile. I loved it, and it was very informative to be amid very influential people working alongside talented upcoming journalists and seasoned TV news presenters. Going live on TV is not an easy thing, it requires a lot of teamwork, this is so true with news programmes as the unpredictable can happen. But you must be ready, ready to improvise and work things out if that was necessary. One of the lessons that an old seasoned, now retired, TV producer once told me, was that an excellent TV programme is not just about the director or the producer, it is about the team.
Have you ever wondered why we have God in three persons? Have you ever wondered why God selected a nation setting up twelve tribes? Have you ever wondered why Jesus appointed twelve apostles? It is fascinating that one of the most influential letters of Paul, Ephesians, describes how a team of people called by God with different gifts are to lead the church; “And he himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ,” (Ephesians 4:11–12 CSB17) Then in 1 Corinthians twelve to fourteen, we have a list of spiritual gifts given by the Spirit to the Church so that the body of Christ can function as a team.
From the last Sunday in December 2020, we are live-streaming our Sunday Morning Worship from our Church. There is a team of five or six people, we meet at 10:00 am to get ready, to practice, to test everything: mics, cameras, sound, lights, internet connection links to our YouTube Channel and the different videos like the Alpha Course and Josh and Tristan Kids videos.
Last Sunday we had different cameras angles, and for the previous two Sundays you can sing along with us through your TV, computer, tablets, and mobile phones. Those who are leading worship can now see live what is being live-streamed, and all this planning starts on Thursday when our church secretary puts the order of service together. We are a team! They are disciples of Jesus Christ, and every Sunday morning, they serve the Lord Jesus with talents and gifts. They are sons and daughters pleasing the Lord and making sure that you do not miss out hoping and trusting that you can join us as we worship every Sunday together, as the family of God.
Can I ask you to pray for us, to give thanks that we as Church have the means to do this and pray that we can be filled with God’s presence so that what we say, sing and pray can have an eternal impact in our Church, our community, and our nation? Pray for protection, for tech and worship team and for more disciples of Jesus who may want to join us.
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58 CSB17)
Rev. Dario Leal
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