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The Worship Connection and Livestream

The Worship Connection and Livestream

Can you feel it in the air? It's all the electrons getting ready to do their part in livestreaming our worship service!

by Jim Wishmyer on March 20, 2020

go right to the worship livestream page

Join us at 10:00 am on Sunday as we come together via the internet to worship God. Here's how to get ready:

  1. Prepare a place in your home for worship.  Read Pastor Jim's tips and suggestions below (or as a PDF for printing here)
  2. Find the worship program for our time together here.  (the Weekly Info document is here.)
  3. Check out this Who's Who quiz to help you during Prayers of the People (NEW for March 22).
  4. Tune in at 10:00 am to access our stream here or just click on the Livestream link on the homepage.
  5. Don't forget your offering!  You can give online here, or mail your check to the church office (107 West Market Street, Leesburg, VA 20176).

Create A Worship Space in Your Home!

For the forseeable future, at least, we’ll be worshiping via livestream in our own homes. This is an opportune time to create your own “worship space” or “prayer space”. Creating a Worship Space reminds everyone in the household that worship and prayer are an important part of everyday life, not just on Sunday. It helps each of us who are practicing “social distancing” to foster a “spiritual intimacy” by sharing photos of our own worship spaces with one another. Thus, as we worship together on Sunday via livestream, we can visualize other members of our church family worshiping with us.

What to include? Families can decide this together.

First, to follow our worship theme for Lent, “Come to the Table”, choose a table – kitchen, dining room, end, coffee, portable tray, etc., as the base for your worship space. You may want to spread a cloth, perhaps with the liturgical color (purple for Lent); or use a prayer shawl; or some other special cloth.

Each of us will also want to include that which we find meaningful and helpful for centering ourselves in God’s presence. For some it may mean a special candle that is lit during worship or prayer. For others, it may be a simple or elaborate cross. For still others, it may be an image of our sanctuary or some other place where we cherish the experience of God’s presence. You may want to include a bible, a hymnal, a prayer book, etc.  The important thing is not to get too cluttered.

Make sure to have space for paper on which to write prayer requests that are shared during the livestream.

And of course, allow room for your laptop (or tablet or smartphone) or place your table where you can view The Worship Connection on your tv or desktop computer.  One member watched on her phone in a parking lot! We invite you to “chat” with those monitoring prayer requests, comments, questions, etc.

Finally, please keep in mind that our livestream Worship Connection is a work in progress. Thank you, for your graceful patience! Share your feedback following worship – what worked well, what needs improvement, other suggestions.

Thank you, and “see you” Sunday! Grace, peace, and good health,

– Rev. Jim Wishmyer

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