The Daily Office can be led by anyone, ordained and lay, and on our sites we tend to emphasize lay leadership, both for its own sake and to enable clergy to take a break from having to be up front all the time. It’s good to remember that all ordained leaders came to love the Lord while they were sitting in the pews, and they still like being there sometimes.
On our webcasts we have cultivated lay leadership and integrated clergy when they care to participate. We have a dedicated “anchorman” officiant in Clint Gilliland, and when he’s absent we call on others to officiate. Over time Clint has developed introductions for Morning and Evening Prayer, which our substitute officiants have asked to be available to use when they are called upon. Here they are, along with the Vicar’s adaptation when he officiates.
Worship leaders don’t have to stick to these scripts, but they’re helpful reminders of points worth mentioning before the service begins. All officiants should feel free to adapt, add and subtract as they develop their own styles. We’re reproducing them here as printable documents (PDFs), followed by the text.
Clint’s MP Intro as Text
Good morning! And welcome to Morning Prayer for Monday the 2nd of March, 2015. This service is made possible by the Daily Office dot org [which is a Ministry of the Diocese of Indianapolis], and today we celebrate Chad, Bishop of Lichfield, 672.
My name is ____, and I’ll be the worship leader for today.
This is an interactive service, and I pretty much just direct traffic, and ask people to read if they so desire. It’s perfectly fine if you would rather not. We just like having you here. I would ask you to please set your status to disagree by clicking on the little person at the top and selecting disagree. It doesn’t mean you’re disagreeable, but it does set an icon that alerts me to not call on you. I apologize if I miss someone, sometimes late arrivals slip in unnoticed. Also, it’s not unusual to have more people than readings lately. Greetings to those who watch this service later. I hope you realize that you are in important part of this congregation, and we think of you and pray for you daily. And finally, we ask that everyone keep your microphone muted throughout the service unless called upon to read, of course, and especially during the video.
Clint’s Evensong Intro as Text
Good evening, and welcome to Friday Video Evensong for the 20th of February. This service is made possible by the Daily Office dot Org, and this evening we commemorate Frederick Douglass, Abolitionist, 1895.
My name is:________, and I’ll be the Worship Leader this evening.
Evensong, as webcast by the Daily Office dot Org, utilizes videos in place of some of the liturgy that is normally read during Evening Prayer. It’s a unique way to worship that we think you’ll enjoy.
We are a bit more subdued at Evensong, compared to the “high energy mornings” we enjoy. This is a time to relax, and let go of the stress some of us may have collected during the week. Now, although a pretty fair amount of liturgy is “covered” by thoughtfully chosen videos, there’s still some reading and praying to be done. So… If you don’t want to read this evening, that’s fine. We’re just glad you joined us. Simply set your status to “disagree” by clicking on the little person at the top and selecting “disagree”. Lastly, please make sure your microphones remain muted throughout the service unless you are reading.
Josh’s Evensong Intro as Text
Live… from the Diocese of Indianapolis, this is Video Evensong for Friday, February 27, 2015, the Feast of Blessed George Herbert, priest & poet, who died in 1633.
Good evening, I’m Josh Thomas, Vicar of The Daily Office websites, and tonight I’m both producer and Officiant, as our Honorary Deacon Clint has the night off.
Our version of Evensong follows the Book of Common Prayer’s Evening Rite and utilizes videos in a variety of musical styles, in place of some of the liturgy normally read during Evening Prayer. It’s a unique way to worship that we hope you enjoy. It’s designed to be more meditative than the “high energy mornings” we enjoy during the week, to put us in a quieter and more peaceful state of mind. So… as darkness has fallen on the East, and the shadows get long in the West, we’re winding down from our week; prepare to let go of some stress.
We’ll still have some reading to do, the Confession, a Gospel lesson and some prayers, which I’ll call on members of the congregation to read for us. But that part is entirely voluntary; we’re just glad you’re here. If you prefer not to read, or you don’t have a working microphone this evening, we ask you to take your pointer to the top menu bar, find “the little person” up there, press and hold next to that icon, then select “Disagree.” That sends another little icon next to your name, so I know not to call on you.
Finally, a word about one unique requirement of all our webcasts: we need all microphones to be mute unless you’re called upon. So please touch the microphone icon up there in the top row; that way we’ll avoid echoes and extraneous sounds. We’re here to listen to some beautiful music, along with the Word and the prayers; we find it’s the silence that puts us in a good spiritual place, opening the soul to God.
After the service, we’ll have some open-mic visiting time in our virtual Parish Hall, if you care to stay. Thanks for coming. And now, let us pray.