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Daylight Saving Time ENDS – Media

clockNovember 6 is coming up and you know what that means…we get an extra hour of sleep! Woo hoo! It’s really a great time of year, especially for you early birds out there. If you like to get up and get an early start to your day, then this is the time of year for you. You know what else this means? People won’t be late to church on Sunday! (There’s hope for me!) Hmmm…I’m including some media that is perfect to share next weekend to remind your church of the upcoming change, but now that I think about it, maybe you could keep this time change to yourself and have everyone show up early! Ok, so maybe that wouldn’t go over so well. Anyway, be sure to check out the media below!

Fall Back Protest by the Skit Guys

The History of Daylight Saving Time by Steelehouse Media Group


Don’t Forget to Fall Back by Nathan Weisser – Background Slide


The Fastest Way to Make Text Edits in ProPresenter 6

propresenter-tipsThe Text Reflow feature of ProPresenter makes making edits to song presentations as easy as editing a text document. This is a major time saver when you are trying to make several text edits to a presentation at once.

Whether you’re changing the flow of a song’s text during import or creating a new version of an existing song in your Library, ProPresenter 6’s Text Reflow functionality gives you a complete view of a song’s text on the left hand side and a slide view on the right. You can easily change line breaks, slide breaks, add labels in this text edit view. You can see how the changes make your slides look as the slide view updates with your changes. This is a substantial time saver versus having to edit on a slide by slide basis.

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Reflow can be accessed three different ways. When you first import a song to ProPresenter (from a file or SongSelect) you can click on the Edit button in the lower left corner to open Reflow if you want to edit the song before importing it. If a song is already in your library or playlist, right-click on the file name and select Reflow Presentation… from the list of options. You can also select Reflow Presentations… from the File menu. Any of these three methods will open the same window shown above.

The left side of the window provides a text layout of the presentation making it easy for you to quickly see the text and manipulate the slide breaks. New slide breaks can be entered by clicking the Insert Slide Break button or by pressing Option + Enter. Slides breaks are entered where the cursor is located. To remove a slide break, click in front of the text following the break and press the delete key. This will remove the break and merge the two slides back together. You can also click and drag the slide dividers to adjust the slide break positions.

You can edit the slide groups in Reflow as well. Click on the down arrow on the right side of the slide dividers and select your group label or group color. There are two versions of this menu depending on which slide you are editing.

If you are adjusting the first slide of a group (the one that shows the group name) you will see the menu shown below. You can change the name and color of the group, as well as add a slide label to the slide. If you select this menu on a slide within a group, you can start a new group as well as add slide labels.


Instructions from ProPresenter manual


3 Tips to Bible Memorization

What is your favorite Scripture? Do you have it memorized? A few that I love are Galatians 2:20, Acts 20:24, and Matthew 28:18-20. These verses are foundational to helping me keep grounded in God’s Word and His purpose as the storms of this life and the worries of this world grow stronger and stronger in various seasons. I’ve committed these to memory for that very reason. Now, did I memorize those to impress people? Did I memorize them for a badge of honor? Did I memorize those so I could feel good about myself? Absolutely not.

Now, of course, sin still attacks me daily, and my motives are not always pure, but my hope is that the reason I am committing these and other verses to memory is because of what I find in the Scriptures:

“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11

“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4

In an article by Dallas Willard, he said (and I paraphrase) that if I had to choose between all the disciplines, I would choose Bible memorization, because it is how we fill our minds with what it needs. Memorizing the Scriptures is an invaluable part of our lives. Here are 3 tips to help us memorize Scripture.

  1. Memorize Scripture in community. There is no reason to do this alone. Bring along a friend, your spouse, your kids, a coworker, or your entire small group, and memorize the Scriptures together. Challenge each other. Hold each other accountable. Make it fun.
  2. Take the verse with you throughout the day. You can do this on a 3×5 note card, a Post-it note, or a text you send yourself and a friend on your phone. You can create an image with the verse on top. I would even recommend downloading a memorization app such as Verses, or Scripture Typer. I have found them to be incredibly helpful, and fun!
  3. Sing it! Put the verse to music. This works! The proof is in my three and five year old kids. They have some Scripture memorized because it’s in the form of a song – The Farmer in the Dell actually. Ha! And this point brings me to Seeds of Worship.

Well, Seeds Family Worship is at it again! They have more worship tracks that help us memorize the Scriptures. I wanted to highlight three different ones here for you to take a look at. Be creative with how you implement these tracks. They are perfect for kids and youth ministries, but you can also play these during a church service, as an intro as people are coming in, or at a small group. Let’s fill our minds and the minds of our congregation with the truth of God’s Word.


Trust in the Lord (Proverbs 3:5-6) by Seeds Family Worship


Follow Me (Matthew 16:24-25) by Seeds Family Worship


Delight Yourself in the Lord (Psalm 37:4-6) by Seeds Family Worship


How to Print Your ProPresenter Presentation

propresenter-tipsProPresenter 6 offers a number of ways to print your presentations, as this very short tutorial demonstrates. This can also be used to save your presentations as PDF files (perhaps to use in discussion after the service or on a video of the service).

ProPresenter 6 offers two printing views: Thumbnail View and Outline View. First, click “File” from the top left of your screen. Then select “Print.” When you open the print dialog you’ll need to expand the print options to see these features.

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Select applicable options and print!


Instructions from ProPresenter manual


More Than Music Mentor – Grant Norsworthy

Hey everyone! We’ve got an exciting post to share with you today!

Grant Norsworthy, of is sharing a great post with us that I think many of us need to be aware of when it comes to the world of worship and sound. Grant is using his teaching skills, passion, expertise, and experience to equip worship teams, creative teams, and A/V teams towards artistic excellence and authentic worship. Grant has a way of drawing us into his videos and blog posts by communicating insightful and helpful tips, as well as making us laugh along the way. Check out his blog post below and enjoy his training video! Be sure to visit Grant over at his blog by clicking here.


If you give my three year old son Marcus a toy whistle, he will blow on that whistle long and loud. He loves it! But he will have very little idea of the true measure of noise he is making and how irritating it is to everyone else in his vicinity.

The joy of playing his whistle and the fact that he’s only three makes it impossible for him to correctly assess the situation. But if one of his brothers was the one blowing the whistle, he’d be the first to cover his ears and start to cry.

Electric guitarists in Church bands are often just like my three year old son.

Over recent years in Church music, the electric guitar has become a very important instrument. Traditionally, Church music was always keyboard driven – usually an organ or piano. Today, a great deal of new music that’s intended for congregational singing is driven by guitars – especially electric guitars.

So the electric guitar has an important role to play. But it’s not the most important thing. Fundamentally, the band’s primary musical role is to craft a sound that engages and invites the congregation to sing. Too much guitar volume in the room meeting the ears of the congregation will derail us from our primary role.

Electric guitarists who use an amplifier* – especially in the Church setting – need to be helped to understand some basic principals:

  1. The sound coming from your amp is very directional – producing quite a narrow tube of vibrating air that gradually widens the further from the amp it gets.
  2. Even though you might be standing close to your amp, if your head is not inside that tube, you will not be able to correctly assess your true volume and tone.
  3. Too much of your amp’s sound in the room will make it much more difficult (perhaps impossible) for the audio engineer to craft a well-balanced sound.
  4. Assuming your amp is mic’ed and is the way you monitor your own sound, your amp should be positioned in such a way that its sound meets your ears first  and travels into the room as little as possible.
  5. Having a manageable, appropriate volume level from your amp is more important than you achieving your ideal tone. You may need to make tone and volume sacrifices for the greater good!

This instructional video for Church musicians is essential viewing for all electric guitarists and band leaders. In it, guitarist Evan Redwine and I give negative and positive examples of amp positioning and discuss tone and volume levels. We offer important practical advice for setting appropriate volume levels and the best position for the amplifier.

Watch Video#3 Electric Guitar: Amp Volume & Positioning again.

*Some electric guitarists use amp modeling hardware (often part of a pedal array) and/or software to emulate the sound of a guitar amp and speakers. In these situations there is no need for the guitarist to have an amp and speakers on the platform at all! A direct electric guitar signal is sent to the mixing console and then routed back to the guitarist and other band members for monitoring purposes. Does it sound just as good as a real amp? Not usually.

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