It’s the Little Things

Had an interesting conversation with the Mattchews the other day.  He’s adopted a “flock” of some of the older ladies in the church as his “mamaws” and regularly sits with and loves on them and reports to me how they’re dealing with all the changes I’m bringing to the music and the worship at _______.  It’s one of his finest ministries.

Anyway, he was bragging on how one of them has memorized the lyrics to most of the new songs I’ve introduced even though (or perhaps because) she can’t see the words on the screen.

There are a lot of complaints that come my way about things I simply have no control over and couldn’t change if I wanted to.  There are other complaints about things that I can change but choose not to because I’m doing whatever it is for a good strategic reason.

Then there’s this sweet older lady who is diligently trying to participate in the new worship music and style in spite of the fact that she can’t even read the words on the screen.  And she doesn’t complain or let anyone know.

So here’s the old screen format (left-justified, bottom aligned, Comic Sans font, and small size to minimize the number of lines and maximize the amount of screen space for background video):

Oldscreen

This format values coolness, aesthetics, and asymmetry over legibility.

Here’s the new screen format (center-justified, center aligned, Eras Medium ITC font, and large font size to maximize legibility):

Newscreen

This format values legibility over aesthetics.  And that communicates that we want people to participate.

What’s scary is how easy it was to do this, and how happy it will make so many people this Sunday, because they will feel valued as worshipers.

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4 Responses to “It’s the Little Things”


  1. 1 April December 9, 2006 at 11:46 pm

    You rock! I know you didnt do this to score points, but that you will…just a bonus! Great idea!

  2. 2 Jason December 10, 2006 at 12:42 am

    I have to differ to our producer when it comes to text sizes. I do have a problem reading even very small text so by letting others who have older eyes look at it, we maintain a readable presentation while still having a cool background. One of the things we have found is that you can keep the text sizes fairly larg just move them on the screen in order to let the background pop out more. Then you get the best of both worlds. We might put the text right justified near the top of the slide or something like that to get the best comprimise. Just an idea.

  3. 3 Jason December 10, 2006 at 12:43 am

    Opps.. I meant to say “I don’t have a problem reading…” 🙂

  4. 4 ML December 18, 2006 at 10:29 pm

    Method behind the madness? Lol.


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