I've thought and prayed over how to possibly share something like this in a way that's faithful to my own appreciation of it and also respectful to Joel Osteen (and additionally in this case, Victoria). But there are two aspects that I appreciate most about Saturday night church.
One, is logistical - there's more legroom, there's more elbow room, and it's a bit easier to get a good seat. I'm not one to try and save a seat before service very often. On rare occasion, sure. But if it's really important enough to me to get a good seat, I'll show up at the crack of 7am to get a seat for Sunday service. Beyond that, I'm usually flying solo most of the time and it's not overly challenging to find one good seat somewhere.
The second is that the feel of the service is more casual. The band doesn't wear ties. Joel doesn't wear a tie. And the blue jean-to suit ratio is much more favorable to the denim set.
It's also the first time Joel delivers his sermon. Attending a few Sunday here and there, I'm more cognizant of what gets edited out of the Saturday sermon than I am what gets added in or clarified better in a Sunday sermon. Comparing that to the slick production of the broadcasted sermons, it's night and day for me. I almost don't recognize the polished end-product. Joel is an incredible public speaker, of course. So, to me, the occasional trip over a line or two in a sermon doesn't exactly detract from that. Instead, it demonstrates a better sense of human-ness.
My first spark of inspiration to put together some video clip that demonstrates this arrived many many months ago. I thought I'd use a few different Saturday, stitch the clips together and the end result would be a nice homage of sorts. Immediately after that, it seemed as if Joel could not slip up once on a Saturday. I'm talking several months worth of nearly flawless delivery. I don't think I've ever seen him go that long on Saturday without slipping up. But right after my idea took root, it happened.
That was before this past Saturday. Watch and enjoy as Joel's flubs become contagious, with Victoria even getting in on the fun.
And that is what I love about Saturday service.