This post is especially for my overseas friends. :) Every Sunday our pastor's sermons are taped and made available online. You can listen to the audio, or even watch the video. This past week the pastor did the sermon a little differently. Typically a service begins with announcements, music, and the culminates with a 30-40 minute sermon given by the pastor. Instead, he spoke for about 15 minutes at a time, then we sang a song, then he preached again. The benefit is that all the great music we enjoy is also on the videos! When exchange students visit American churches, they usually find the music the most fascinating. It's true that the entire service is very different...in fact, there is a lot of diversity in American churches as well and our church is different than many others even in our own community. Some students say it is like attending a concert or they nickname it "karaoke church" because as we sing the words are projected on large screens. :) Ok...so this was this week's sermon, complete with the sermon AND the great music we enjoy every week, in two parts because it was a long service...maybe you will see why we love our church so much (though you can't see the great friends and fellowship we enjoy before and after service):
What is the Gospel Part 1 from Calvary Community Church on Vimeo.
What is the Gospel Part 2 from Calvary Community Church on Vimeo.
Yes, it's really long...but it's really GREAT! :) Just in case you're in a hurry, there are two parts that I love especially. In the first video, right about 16 minute mark, Pastor Matthew is talking about how to tell if you are a legalist, and he does a great job singing a parody of "Jesus Paid It All" called "The Hymn of the Legalist". This one was so memorable that several of my kids can sing it after only hearing it once. I just hope they understand the peril that lies therein. In the second video, right about 17 minutes, Pastor Matthew introduces Desmond who sings a great hip-hop song for us...lots of fun, but lots of truth! (The words are on the screen to help you know what he is saying).