VIRTUAL HOME CHURCH WORSHIP RESOURCE
for Zoom (or online platform)
Choose a Psalm or scripture as a centering passage to begin your time of worship together. Designate someone to read the passage aloud, and specify which translation they will be reading from. After pulling up the passage, each person, except for the reader, mute their audio in the Zoom window. As the reader reads the passage aloud, each person read aloud with them (while muted) for the proclamation of the Word in their own home.
In our Home Church Resources, we have suggested a few songs for you to worship with in a YouTube Playlist. If you are choosing different songs make sure you have them ready before you start the gathering.To do this in a way that ensures the best shared audio possible, select the green “Share” button at the bottom-center of your Zoom window. In the next window, click the selection for the browser window. Select “Share computer sound” and “Optimize screen share for video clip” in the lower left-hand corner of the window. Click the blue “Share” button in the lower right-hand corner of the window. If a window pops up asking for a password, type in the password that coincides with your computer user account login. Each person continues to leave their audio on mute, with the freedom to sing and/or play an instrument along with the song (the chord charts are often attached with our resources or easily found online). The host is free to mute their audio and allow the video to play, or leave their audio on to pray over the video throughout. Be mindful of the video volume by adjusting the volume slider on the YouTube video player. To stop screen sharing, click the red “Stop share” button at the top-center of the screen.
To close your time of worship, you can pray a liturgical together. The host clicks the link of the liturgy to load it into their browser, and shares their screen for each person to follow along. To do this, select the green “Share” button at the bottom-middle of your Zoom window. Click on the selection that only shares your browser window, and click the blue “Share” button in the lower right-hand corner. With each person muted (except the host), the host reads both the leader and response portions of the prayer. Each person reads aloud the response portion (while muted) in agreement on behalf of their family. At the end of the prayer, end screen sharing by clicking the red “Stop share” button at the top-center of the screen.