Sunday, November 1, 2009

RE: The Orthodox Church

Not that I'll ever convert to Orthodoxy or anything, but aside from the Joel Osteen sermon, the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom was rad.

9 comments:

epeuthutebetes said...

Whoa, how did Osteen show up in Chrysostom’s Divine Liturgy?

And yeah, it’s pretty cool, even though my current usual starting point is the BCP.

Scott Schultz said...

Yeh, 'cept them Anglicans don't usually sing through the entire liturgy.

And the sermon was: If people make you mad, you are supposed to smile. Make sure you don't get mad at people when they are jerks to you. Don't let them get you down.

It's like the guy had no idea about the gravity of everything that had just transpired prior to his little speech.

epeuthutebetes said...

Ah.

Yeah, I’m totally down for singing the whole thing, and I appreciate the Middle Eastern dynamis in EO chant. The one time I visited an Antiochian church, in Los Altos Hills in California, there was one part I just knew how to sing. No way, I thought. It turns out that was because of the downloaded audio clips I’d listened to before, but it was really odd at the time.

Now how about a sung liturgy and a black-sounding preacher preaching a John Donne kind of sermon?

Anonymous said...

Is that the kind of message you want to hear from your pastor?

Mom

Scott Schultz said...

I'm not sure if you're talking to me or Lue-Yee. Also, I'm not sure what kind of message you're referring to, Joel Osteen or the black John Donne?

Anonymous said...

Of course I'm talking to my son and either message. I would hope that your main focus in liiking for a church is that they are preaching a whole biblical message.

Scott Schultz said...

Well, I definitely didn't enjoy the Joel Osteen style sermon. As for the black man-John Donne hybrid, I'm not really sure what that would entail, so I have no idea what I would think of it. But among other things, yes, decent sermons are something that Cathleen and I are looking for in a church, but it's not the only important thing.

epeuthutebetes said...

I think singing reminded me of black church, and sermons reminded me of John Donne.

I think I jut want sermons that have a biblical point, and only one point rather than as many as demons were cast out of Mary Magdalene.

Scott Schultz said...

I'm down with that.