Dear People of Annunciation,
It had a wonderful week exploring many of the National Parks and Monuments of the Four Corners region. As one who grew up among the heavy humidity and dense trees of Georgia, the vistas of the American West always come as a surprise. The diversity of God’s creation is truly inspiring and breathtaking. The documentary filmmaker Ken Burns was right when he dubbed our National Parks as America’s Best Idea. After driving a poorly-maintained Interstate 17 from Flagstaff to Phoenix in the dark, where one descends a mile in elevation over about 115 miles, I am glad to be home in Florida again!
Now that I have returned, I am working on more fully transitioning us to the Boxcast livestream platform that I set up before I left. As a benefit of our Boxcast membership, we received an external microphone that seems to have improved our sound quality in tests I have conducted, as well as this Thursday’s Midweek Eucharist.
There are also now two ways you can access the livestream of our liturgy. I have set up Boxcast to post a copy of our livestream to Facebook, so you can continue to access our liturgies through that platform as you have over the past year. Several of you have used the “share” function of Facebook to share our services with your friends on social media, which is a wonderful and easy method of digital evangelism.
There is now an additional way you can access the livestream, which is through the Boxcast site itself. This is a great option if you are not a Facebook member and do not want the hassle of defeating Facebook’s attempts to sign you up when you just want to watch the service without a hassle. You can go to our Boxcast page through this website https://boxcast.tv/channel/j6jjjntnn5oo6l4mvvbu (you might just want to copy and bookmark this web address for future use). If you are unable to watch us live, the Boxcast page will contain archives of our services for up to 90 days. The information regarding our Livestreams will now be posted at the end of the Annunciator, along with the information about our weekly liturgies.
It is wonderful to see more of you in person as you are getting vaccinated. While there are many benefits of continuing to livestream our services, I hope it does not serve as a deterrent to physically coming to church as it is becoming more safe to do so. Christianity is not a solitary experience but one to be lived in community. If we have not seen you among us since the beginning of the pandemic, I hope we will soon.