If only I had known this 30 years earlier…
I was flipping through one of the many monthly mailings that come to our church. It’s a magazine about worship filled mostly with advertisements for companies peddling all sorts of worship-related “equipment,” from soundboards to digital screens to new sanctuary architecture.
One ad caught my attention.
Lighting is your answer!
The importance of lighting in a sermon is often forgotten or overlooked. With the right lighting and the right lighting console, your sermon can INSPIRE, MOVE, and encourage your audience to BELIEVE in your message! Our lighting consoles are feature packed, easy to operate, and priced to fit your budget!
How stupid I have been all these years to pour hours of prayer and preparation into sermons – what a waste of time! All I really needed was the right lighting to create a sort of halo effect around me, and then, perhaps when I’m warming to my theme, to add drama and excitement. All these years I’ve trusted the Holy Spirit to take my best efforts, bless them, and shape how they are received. What an oaf! What I really needed was good lighting!
Why, with the money we fritter away on mission work, education, and staff to lead our ministry, we could have purchased world-class lighting consoles that would actually INSPIRE, MOVE, and encourage people to BELIEVE!
All sarcasm aside, I’ve been exposed to the theology implicit in ads like this all my life. It traces back to the work of evangelist Charles Finney nearly 200 years ago.