Leading in Worship with Eric Marts

Saturday the 7th was a day that I’d been looking forward to for some time.

IMG_7577Eric Marts was asked by the elders at HOFCC Hillsboro to do a short seminar on leading worship. He’s a great friend of mine (as you probably know if you’ve read much here), and I knew the content was going to be great, but I was even more excited because Mr. Marts asked if I could film the seminar.

This was the first time my brother Gabriel and I have ever done video coverage of a live event, so we spent some time planning the shooting strategy, figuring out how to tap and record the church’s sound board, borrowed some equipment from a friend, and otherwise tried to iron out details as much in advance as possible.

We tried to plan for every contingency, but inevitably disaster struck the night of Friday the 6th…

Well, it wasn’t that dramatic.

Friday evening was a “Love Feast” (celebration of the faithfulness of God) as some friend’s house. We knew it was going to be a late night, so we were just going to go home, go to bed, and then get up again early the next morning so we could get to the church on time to set up, but apparently I ate something I shouldn’t have while we were there. By the time I was getting to bed at around midnight I was having an allergic reaction. My neck was inflamed and in serious pain, and my prospect for rest that night was bleak indeed.

IMG_9121By the time my alarm went of at 6 the next morning I had gotten an hour and a half of sleep in, but on production days there’s no canceling, so we got up, loaded the truck with the bags we’d packed the night before, and headed off.

We got to the church bright and early, set up the cameras, snagged a line from the mixer, set up Gabriel’s computer to dump footage onto, set white balance, and started rolling right on time.

Frankly, I was surprised at how smoothly everything went. Aside from tripping over my DSLR tripod setup in the front row in the middle of a session and our main camera’s card filling up in the middle of another session, there were no major disasters.

IMG_1308Note the word “major”

The problem we ran into was that our borrowed Cannon Vixia HF R500 filled up it’s 16 gigabyte card sooner than we’d planned on during session 3, obviously meaning that it’s recording stopped. While we scrambled to try to clear the card and get another one into the camera from the back of the room, the 60D in the front row was having it’s own problems writing data to it’s 32gb card. All these evil forces converged and a good portion of that session was irrevocably lost.


Well, no use pulling my hair out about it now, what’s done is done. Here’s what we learned for next time:

  1. Have LOTS of GIGANTIC memory cards. I thought 1 32GB, a couple 16’s, and an 8 would be good enough. A sad miscalculation.
  2. Have a place to dump. E.g., a computer. Gabriel brought his Macbook Pro, and we emptied our cards onto it.
  3. Did I mention big memory cards?

IMG_7575All in all, we had a great time. Assuming a few equipment upgrades, I’m really looking forward to more events like this in the future! I really like how our church elders took the initiative to ask Mr. Marts to share his experience and expertise with those in the church who serve in worship, and I hope to see more of these events on this and other topics in the future.

The recordings are below. If you’re interested in biblical worship and practical advice on leading worship in any setting, you’ll find them very helpful. Enjoy!


Jack, the only dog we’ve ever had, died this week. We’re all missing him. No one to feed leftover meat bits to. No one to bark when we get home. No one to let out in the morning. No one to greet you when you walk in the door.

His collar hangs empty in our living room. Really sad. God has taught us many lessons through him, and he has been an important part of this season of our life.