The Gospel According to OK Go

The Commons has a beautiful partnership with Living Rock Ministries in downtown Hamilton. Part of this partnership entails myself participating in Wednesday Afternoon Worship Gatherings that have a youth focus. Often I help with live music or sound and occasionally I relent to organize the teaching segment.  I thought I would share with you the videos and notes I used on Wednesday for my teaching time.

The Gospel According to OK Go
Teaching Segment Notes
by Randell Neudorf

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Does anyone listen to the band OK Go? I thought the best way to introduce you to the band was to use a cover song that you most likely already know. A little secret that bands use to get you to like them when they know you haven’t heard of them yet is to play a cover that they think you will know and re-due the song in their own style.

Since a bunch of you haven’t heard of OK Go I thought I would choose a cover song that everyone would recognize. So here is OK Go covering the theme to the Muppet show:

What I want you to remember is that OK Go is a Band, they are Team, they are a group. They aren’t a bunch of background musicians supporting a front man. Even in their videos everyone has an important role to play.

So here is where the Gospel comes in. The bible talks about people who get together to learn about God being the “Body.” And there are some verses in a book called 1 Corinthians that talk about “The Body” We will be reading from what I like to call the “Living Rock” translation today (I’ve added in a couple phrases and words to apply 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 specifically to us).

12 The body of Christ has many different parts, just as any other body does. 13 Some of us are Youth, and others are Staff. Some of us have baggage that holds us back, and others of us have been able to let go of our baggage. But God’s Spirit falls on each of us and made us part of the body of Christ, that thing we call the Church. Now we each drink from that same Spirit.

14 Our bodies don’t have just one part. They’ve got many parts. Just like some churches meet on Sundays and others meet on Wednesday afternoons. 15 Suppose a foot says, “I’m not a hand, and so I’m not part of the body.” Wouldn’t the foot still belong to the body? 16 Or suppose an ear says, “I’m not an eye, and so I’m not part of the body.” Wouldn’t the ear still belong to the body? 17 If our bodies were only an eye, we couldn’t hear a thing. And if they were only an ear, we couldn’t smell a thing. 18 But God has put all parts of our body together in the way that he decided is best.

I want you to think about all the unique parts that went in to the making of this video. And how we fit into this big thing called the Kingdom, the Church, the Body. If the smallest marble didn’t work at the beginning of that last video then the rest wouldn’t have worked. Every part of the body of Christ is important, including us right here, right now.

19 A body isn’t really a body, unless there is more than one part. 20 It takes many parts to make a single body. 21 That’s why the eyes cannot say they don’t need the hands. That’s also why the head cannot say it doesn’t need the feet. 22 In fact, we cannot get along without the parts of the body that seem to be the weakest. 23 We take special care to dress up some parts of our bodies. We are modest about our personal parts, 24 but we don’t have to be modest about other parts.

God put our bodies together in such a way that even the parts that seem the least important are valuable. 25 He did this to make all parts of the body work together smoothly, with each part caring about the others. 26 If one part of our body hurts, we hurt all over. If one part of our body is honored, the whole body will be happy.

27 Together you are the body of Christ, you are the Church.

I want you to know that just like every part in this video added to the song, we here at Living Rock, are a community, a church, part of the body. We don’t have to look like other people’s churches and we don’t even have to meet on the same day or time as other churches, but we are very much part of the body, or in our video examples part of the song. Some Churches might be the ukulele and I’d like to think that we are the electric guitar solo. Just like every person in this room adds a unique piece to the Rock community, our little gathering here adds a unique and beautiful piece to the Body of Christ, the Church.