The worst experience I’ve ever had with a microphone happened in 1991 (or so) with a lavaliere microphone. Those were the mics that hung around your neck and had long cords before the cordless ones. The church I was serving had beautiful new mauve carpeting. On the particular morning in question, I was serving Holy Communion. I was walking around the altar table holding the recently consecrated cup of Christ when either I stepped on the mic’s chord or the mic threw it out in front of me (to this day I don’t know which happened) and I tripped over the cord. And yes I did spill the juice…all over the new carpet.
At staff we came up with a great solution for the issue of my relationship to the microphone. We’re thinking about creating a big sign that says “MICROPHONE!” This sign is to be held up in the back by the person at the control board anytime my mic is off or if it’s too close or too far away from my mouth. We’ve thought for the instances where I leave the thing off and I am facing the front that we could pass the sign down to the front to Drake Talbert who often sits in the row right behind where I sit and he could hold it in front of me.
All of this aside, I do understand how important it is to hear what is going on. I know that sometimes I also lower the volume of my voice so that even the mic doesn’t know what’s going on. I’d like to ask for patience but after all these years I know that what I really need to request is your forgiveness…in advance. I’ll keep trying, or struggling, with the microphone and I trust God will provide.
On another note… as I wrote about in the Tumbleweed that has reached some of you, Deb, Don, Andrew and I will not be in Worship at EPUMC this Sunday. We will be on a weekend long Program Staff Retreat in Winona. Why Winona you might ask? Well that is where my long time coach, Dale Arendt is presently the lead pastor. We are going to down to have a long day Saturday of dreaming and planning and talking and praying and hoping together. We’ll have a nice dinner together Saturday night and then attend worship at Wesley UMC in Winona on Sunday morning.
Sunday is World Communion Sunday, which is when Christians across the globe intentionally celebrate Holy Communion together. It’s also a opportunity to receive a special offering. In our United Methodist connection this offering goes to Student Scholarship Programs. We are having Rev. Tiffany McDonald preach and preside over Holy Communion. Tiffany assures me she has had nothing but positive experiences with microphones. It’s going to be a great Sunday for all of us.
Keep the Faith!