Where Can I Watch Live Services online?
At the beginning of the Pandemic, we scrambled a bit to get services online so people could still get the connection to Good Shepherd. Facebook Live seemed to be a good alternative to spending thousands of dollars in getting set up to live stream our services, so Fr. Galen began using Facebook Live to broadcast.
Needless to say, it wasn’t the best quality or production that we could manage, in my opinion. However, I have spent the last 40+ years in I/T and I know what can be done. My philosophy is that “Technology is good, as long as it doesn’t interfere with life.” In other words, if you have to look around the technology to see what you want to see, then it’s not worth it. So, I volunteered to attempt to put together a live stream system that would be easy to use and would be “hopefully” transparent to the viewer.
We started with Facebook Live and a lot of different software and hardware in order to get this to work right. I think we’re getting close to it. Without paying thousands in consulting fees, we have had to kind of rely on the trail and error mode, but I think we’re getting close. We now have a pretty reliable computer system to process the images, a good first camera, a new mixing board and wireless microphones for the broadcast, and we are doing pretty well, in my opinion.
We are also broadcasting our main services live on TWO different sources so far. We broadcast on both Facebook Live and YouTube! I have included the links to both locations so that you can choose which one you wish to watch. I’m also investigating adding more sources in the near future such as Periscope through Twitter, LinkedIn.com and Instagram, all of which support live streaming.
If you have a preference, please let me know by entering a comment below, or sending me an email by clicking on this LINK. Clicking on that link should open a new browser window and your email client on any smart device you have. Remember what it says in Matthew 10:7:
"As you go, proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near."
We have tried to help bring the good news to all of our parishioners in this time of Pandemic, and will continue to do so for those that are shut-in, sick, out of town or just simply discovering. Currently, you can find us at the following links:
Our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/episcopalcogs/
Our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqsGOv-DyU8sEr2QYKxofIQ
You may click on the links above and they will open a new window and take you to the appropriate website, or you can click on the buttons below:
Plus, if you miss a “live” broadcast, you can find the previous videos on these sites as well. I will be adding Fr. Galen’s sermons to the website shortly and have been developing an archive of them so that people can listen to past sermons. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments or suggestions! I will listen to everything good AND bad! In fact, sometimes the bad helps so that we can improve.