Dear Mr Lucas

Thank you for your kind words and for your pertinent question.

I will readily admit that those entrusted with the weekly task of performing the technical equivalent of CPR on our somewhat antiquated public address system at St. Cliff’s are rather a law unto themselves.
Whilst they may be located at the rear of the church, away from the gaze of congregation, I am not the only
one to have noted that once seated proudly behind the ‘sound desk’ they very much consider themselves the
de facto captains of the ship.

Having seen fit, on occasions, to not only remove from our worship team the necessary amplification with which to drown out the accompaniment of our less-then-melodious organist, Mrs Higginbottom, (patently preferring
a more traditional approach to church music) these custodians of the volume control have also,
on occasion, denied yours truly the benefit of the voice-enhancing technology at their fingertips when my
theology did not apparently square with theirs.

And then I hit upon a cunning ruse to curtail this scurrilous sound desk insubordination once and for all.
Realising that there was nothing that irritates a PA operative more than for a preacher to ask , “Is it on?”
(when referring to the microphone) I therefore resolved to use this line mercilessly until they eventually
capitulated. These three little words have the net effect of challenging their technical competence before the assembled throng, the most heinous of crimes in the world of audio ‘geekery’.

You will be pleased to hear that my victory was swift and enduring and once more this humble clergyman is at the helm.

Should a further mutiny rear its ugly head at some time hence I will have no qualms about using my other weapon, that of suggesting the congregation proffer feedback on how well these servants of the sound system are doing their job.

I have it on good authority that, above all others, ‘feedback’ is one word that no PA operative ever wants to hear.

Onward and upward

Derek