In our temporary Sunday worship, we have chairs and a video/audio feed set up in the lobby outside of the auditorium. We need that overflow space, as we routinely have more worshipers than can fill the 455 seats at our 10:30 Mass.
Yesterday was a scramble, as the chairs were set, and the video feed was working. But sound? Nothing. A staff colleague asked me if he should read the readings. The people on staff at the center were trying to get that audio hook-up to work. I gave them the first reading and the psalm before giving the go-ahead. We actually had a permanent deacon visiting from out of town. So after my colleague read 1 Corinthians, we had a deacon proclaim the gospel and give a mini-homily. First time that’s happened to me.
They never did get the sound link to work.
Anyone else ever have such a situation, possibly with a technology feed to a basement or other room? What’s the best practice? Do you make sure the Word is heard? A songleader to lead the responses and psalm and maybe a hymn or two?