On Friday, September 27th, Kanye West brought his Sunday Service Experience to the wonderful people of Detroit as people are awaiting his majorly-anticipated album ‘Jesus Is King.’ We heard crowd favorites like “Father Stretch My Hands” and “UltraLight Beams”, and also heard a really interesting reworking of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car.” We even got Kanye to chop some samples live.
For the most part, this Sunday Service was what you would expect. All throughout the performance Choir Director, Jason White reminded the crowd and live stream viewers that we are here on assignment by God and that there is only one star of the night, that star being Jesus Christ.
Being a Michigander, this Sunday Service was super special to me. I was able to see people “Boss Up” on stage while praising the Lord (Bossing Up is an iconic Detroit dance created by Blade Icewood), and hearing a Clark Sister Tribute to bring the event to a close, but there was something different about this Sunday Service.
There was a 10-minute mini-sermon in the middle of the event from Pastor Adam Tyson of Placerita Bible Church. Pastor Tyson gave the thousands of people in Detroit and also those tuned into the livestream worldwide a brief and poignant message. That God isn’t some genie or an old man who used to have power and now lacks it. God is “ the same as he was yesterday, today and forever”.
What’s dope about this is that the crowd was filled with believers and non-believers. To be honest, a lot of these folks were just Kanye stans who didn’t really know what they signed up for. I could tell by how many didn’t know the words to all these classic gospel jams. These people probably would have never stepped foot in a church but the Church came to their turf this time.
I think this should be very inspiring to believers worldwide. The sermon didn’t water down the fact that we need to be saved and that Jesus is the one to do the job.
Watch the Sunday Service below (sermon starts at 35:00 mark):