Live streaming the love of Jesus.
by Celia Fielke.
For the last six years, Lutheran Media has been producing live stream worship services in partnership with Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Toowoomba, Queensland, and St Michael’s Lutheran Church, Hahndorf, South Australia.
“I spoke with one of our members this morning who has been and still is struggling with her health for sometime now. She would like to pass on to all who are involved in live streaming, how extremely thankful and grateful she is that we live stream our services as she doesn’t know how she would have coped without this service over the past years.
Although she only attends our church spasmodically (due to her health) she still feels very much a part of our community through this service (this is even bringing a tear to my eyes writing this email!). May God continue to richly bless you all in your Ministry.” – Sharon
This is just one of many scenarios where online worship and DVDs are a great blessing for many people who can’t worship regularly in the physical space of a church. With pastoral vacancy, multipoint parishes (not having a pastor every week), lack of musicians to lead singing our praises to God, people who are rural and remote and can’t attend as regularly as they would like, people who are sick, frail or travelling – there is a growing need to be serving our congregations as well as reconnecting people and introducing them to Lutheran worship.
One family living in Coober Pedy watched the service streamed from St Michael’s Hahndorf every week as there was no suitable service close by. They felt so much a part of the congregation that they travelled to Hahndorf to have their child baptised. It was a wonderful celebration of how community can work and look. They don’t just watch a service but contribute with prayer requests that become part of the service.
Thanks to the support we received from the LLL grant to enable us to upgrade and expand our live stream worship, recording of services and production of worship DVDs, we are able to continue to spread the good news of Jesus Christ.
Stream with: St Michael's Lutheran Church, SA
Stream with: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Qld
Celia Fielke is a media presenter for Lutheran Media. In March 2018, Lutheran Media received a grant of $20,000 from the Special Ministry Fund to assist with the provision of live streaming resources.