We have included several different format sound files in different
stages of the weekly Service. At the beginning of many
brief Service stages, we arranged for an appropriate sound file
to automatically begin. If your browser does not recognize our
programming for this, and you do not begin to hear the sound within
a few seconds, you will always see a small link near the top
of the page to begin the appropriate sound file.
This allows you to hear the Pastor's voice along with reading the words.
Normally, such sound files would be very large and would involve
very long download times, but we have used advanced audio compression
techniques to make these downloads rather brief.
For the stages that include more extensive content, we use a
"streaming audio" sound format, so that there would not be
a long delay for a file download, but the sounds are begun while
the download is still progressing. This again allows you to hear the
Similarly, in stages where Praise music or singing is involved,
appropriate types of sound files are used. We are still working on
a "Karaoke-style" arrangement where you would be guided
in the text as to what words are being sung, so you could sing along.
WAV Voice/Music Sound Files
All Windows computers are set up to be able to play WAV format
sound files. If you can hear Windows start-up and end sounds,
you're probably already OK. If not, your computer might not have a sound
card, or the sound capability may be shut off. See the Windows
Control Panel to activate sound. We include a compressed version of
this format sound file (for brief portions of the Service) because of the
common ability of nearly all computers to play WAV
files. For the Pastor's main Message, this would involve a VERY LONG
download, so we use a different sound format for the longer stages
of the Service.
Streaming Audio Sound Files
This type of file is very compressed in size, and can down-load in
less time than it takes to hear. This allows the
sound to start almost immediately, and to be heard while the rest
of the file downloads. In order to be able to hear the TrueSpeech
files, you need a TrueSpeech player. Windows95 comes with a built-in
player for TrueSpeech. A player is also available here for non-Windows95
To get the TrueSpeech Player,
Once you have it available (in Win95 or down-loaded and installed,)
you should be able to listen to our Pastor's voice in all the stages
of the Service. The first time you Click on
the Streaming Audio Button, a little Window may open up asking about
a 'Helper' file. Once you complete that, you will be able hear the
Pastor's voice and the other Streaming Audio entries.
MIDI Music Sound Files
Your Browser may or may not be prepared to play MIDI format music. When
you Click on the Praise music the first time, you may be
asked about adding a 'helper' program to play it. If asked, you
probably need to do it. All Windows computers include a Media Player
that will work. Use 'Browse' to go to the
Windows directory, then look for mplayer.exe. Pick it to
play files with .mid extensions and you're set!
Karaoke MIDI Music Sound
We intend to set up our songs of praise so that it will be
even easier for YOU can sing along! We hope to arrange a
Karaoke-type set-up where the words and syllables will be
high-lighted at the time you should sing them. This is a variation
of the MID music file. These may or may not play for you. For this
feature to work best, you probably need to be using a recent Netscape
Navigator or InterNet Explorer Browser and a 'plug-in' program
called Crescendo, which you can down-load below.
To Download 'Helper' Software or a New Browser
To get Netscape Navigator,
To get InterNet Explorer,
To get Crescendo for Karaoke Music
The Discussion Group
If you have joined us on a Sunday evening (from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Chicago time), after the Service concludes, you can join into a
Discussion Group which includes at least two of our Ministry people.
To participate in the Discussion group, you may need to upgrade your
Browser to a recent version of InterNet Explorer or Netscape
Navigator (available above.)
Please Click on your Browser's BACK button to return to the Service.