I teach my kids to that sharing is caring. It’s short. It’s pithy. It rhymes. What more could you ask for, right?
I guess you could ask that I practice what I preach.
Recently I learned a lesson from God that I needed. I was doing some Internet searching for high quality church media to go along with a sermon series I was planning to preach through the book of James. In my search, I ran across a Vimeo account for a larger church on the East Coast who is really using media well in their Sunday gatherings. On their Vimeo page, they had a video bumper for a sermon series on James that was really top-notch. It said everything I would have wanted in a sermon bumper for my upcoming James series. And it was really well produced to boot!
At this point, I was faced with a decision. I could do one of three things:
1. I could use one of the various video ripping services and “borrow” this church’s hard work (let’s call it what it is: I would be taking it without asking, so it would be stealing).
2. I could be impressed with their hard work and move on in my search for free high quality materials that expressly state they are posted online for the purpose of sharing (let’s call this what it is: a wild goose chase). Or…
3. I could roll the dice and contact the church to see if they would be willing to share their hard work with me (let’s call this what it is: a gamble that may or may not pay off).
Their response to my gamble taught me a lot about what it means to be the church. They did not give me permission to rip their sermon bumper off of Vimeo. Instead, they sent me the high resolution file of the bumper video, along with all the Photoshop files for the sermon slides and advertising materials for the series. They were more than willing to help out a small church that couldn’t afford a full-time creative pastor or media team.
They were willing to SHARE.
It was refreshing. They weren’t looking to make any money off of me. I’m not judging ministries that are in the business of selling media. There is absolutely nothing wrong with making a living (even a good one!) off your trade, and creative people need a paycheck just as much as non-creative types. But it was nice to see that this church, who had already paid their creative guy for his efforts, was willing to share the fruits of those efforts with some people who couldn’t afford it.
It was nice to feel that the passages that speak of the disciples “having all things in common” and giving “to each as he had need” could still apply in our capital-driven society.
So here is my small attempt to pay it forward…
I recently came across a handy little app called Shift. It allows a person with a decently artistic eye to create some really simple but classy motion backgrounds for worship presentations. So I put my hand to the plow and made a few. I don’t claim that these are super high quality. But they were good enough that we plan to use several of them during our weekly worship gatherings. If you find them helpful, I offer them to you here completely free with no strings attached. I don’t need you to pay me, credit me, or even thank me.
Just pay it forward whenever you have the chance. Share something you have or something you can do with someone else who could use it!
You can preview the different motion backgrounds below. If you want to download any of them, just right click on the name of the video you are interested in below the video player and choose “save link as” to save it wherever you like on your computer. Enjoy!
[P.S. I’m not terribly good at website coding, so… You may not be able to view all of these on your mobile device. But you should have no problem viewing or downloading them from your computer!]