14-minute sermon that changed everything
Britain’s got talent
If it’s good enough for Harry and Meghan, then it’s good enough for Britain’s Got Talent.
Simon Cowell, the boss of talent show Britain’s Got Talent has rolled out the red carpet for Bishop Michael Curry, the 65-year-old head of The Episcopal Church, who hails from Chicago. The bishop was given the opportunity to record a special sermon video for the talent show’s contestants and, once again, he stressed the importance of love.
As part of his message, the Bishop said, “Laugh at me, laugh with me, it is all fine by me. Any way I can steer the message about the love of God – I am glad to do that.”
The 14-minute sermon that changed everything
One of the standout moments of the royal wedding last month was a 14-minute sermon. Bishop Michael Curry’s preaching was so powerful that it got the kind of global recognition and attention that would make any preacher pray for his kind of anointing.
The man of the cloth was ordained as a priest in1978, and his impassioned sermon at the royal wedding, 40 years after his ordination brought him to global limelight. His sermon went viral and ended up being one of the most talked about parts of the entire wedding.
Before the wedding day, no one would have endorsed Bishop Curry as the greatest preacher in the world. He did not know Prince Harry or Meghan Markle before the wedding day. He was recommended by someone. When he was invited by the Palace to deliver the address at the royal wedding on 19 May 2018 at St George’s Chapel, Curry initially thought he was being pranked. He told Good Morning Britain: “I thought someone was doing an April Fool’s joke on me. Not in my wildest imagination.”
He also revealed he was aiming to speak for six to seven minutes but overran by almost double the time.
“It ended up being a little bit longer than I had planned on,” he explained.
A simple message about the love of God
The sermon was simple and direct. It was about the redemptive potential of love, and it used fire as a metaphor for its power and significance. Bishop Curry’s enthusiastic style was reportedly well received by many and described as “electrifying the wedding” having “won smiles from attendees, and some quizzical glances from senior members of the royal family. Some of the royals struggled to keep a straight face during his 14-minute animated speech, with the Duchess of Cornwall seen sniggering along with Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice.
If the sermon is not biblically centered, Christ-elevating, and God-glorifying, then what’s the point?
Bishop Curry’s message was simply about the love of God, through love for one another.
Extra-ordinary media exposure opportunity
It has been reported that almost 18 million Britons tuned in to watch Meghan Markle marriage to Prince Harry.
Furthermore, it is believed that more than two billion people worldwide watched the event, making it the fourth most watched royal wedding ever.
After his sermon at the wedding, almost every TV news and talk show host in the world wanted to interview Bishop Curry.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain, the reverend explained he had “no idea” his speech would resonate so much, confessing that he was nervous at the time.
“When I sat down from the sermon I remember thinking to myself, ‘I hope that was OK,’” he said.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live on Monday, Curry revealed he had initially written the sermon out: “There were a few ad-libs in there,” he added.
On the day of the wedding itself, Curry’s sermon amassed 40,000 tweets per minute, leaving spectators praising the reverend’s address as the standout moment from the ceremony.
One sermon can change your life
“God used a royal wedding to have the gospel preached probably to the largest audience at one time,” said Jim Wallis, an American progressive Christian leader and a founder of the Reclaiming Jesus movement. “My dear friend Bishop Curry was just being himself in that pulpit. But God made that happen in all kinds of humorous and miraculous ways.”
A month after the ceremony at Windsor Castle, Curry rivaled Pope Francis as the most recognisable faith leader in the world. He was interviewed by major networks on both sides of the Atlantic. Fans asked for selfies. He was even parodied on American TV show – Saturday Night Live.