It's such a chore to get guest speakers every week… and an expensive chore, too! Here's an option for you to try: Video Assisted Worship.
In Video Assisted Worship, you run your service in your usual way, but when it's time for the sermon, you turn on your DVD player, and watch. If your group is more than about 10 people, you'll want to project the video, for which you'll need equipment, but it's equipment which you'll find useful over and over.
Where to get the sermons? One place is from First Unitarian in Albuquerque, which sends out four sermons a year on DVDs. (Two each in October and February). These sermons cover topics basic to Unitarian Universalism. The DVDs are accompanied by texts, readings, and suggestions for other parts of the service. The sermons are suitable for showing anyplace, on any date. The files are the high quality files you'll need if you project your image. Subscribers to our DVDs also have "download rights" to several years worth of sermons on our website… sermons which may have references to Albuquerque or to particular dates, and which have to be downloaded and burned to a DVD. The cost for four sermons and service materials is $100.
We have a free trial available, which is supported by a grant from the MDD. You can use the DVD in worship or a small group. All we ask is that you let us know how you used the DVD and how it worked for you. A feedback form will be included in the package you receive.
How to Sign Up for the Free Trial or the Video Sermon Service
Posted Tuesday, 23 February 2010 15:38 Written by Jess Cullinan