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The First Time I Heard Elvis In Church

I know I heard this song when I was a child but the the first time I heard it where it meant anything was actually in church. Churches in the early nineties were figuring out that it as o.k. not to be stuffy and that began to be reflected in the music. Now, our church was no rest home. We had always had a great band and exciting music but the fact that we could loosen up and be creative was helped along by hiring a young worship minister. The use of "secular" music being converted was frowned upon by many but I loved it. Some churches were using songs by U2 (Where The Streets have No Name) and Kool and the Gang (Celebrate) which I loved, it took people to another place with the music.

I remember It was in the Sunday night service where I heard I Can't Stop Falling In Love With You because the Sunday night service was where we let our hair down a little more and only the die-hards would show up. It was the last song of the worship set and I remember it taking me to a special place. The worship leader led the first and last part the song and the chorus. The song, although written from a person to person aspect, reflected and resonated in my heart about my relationship with God.

Scripture tells me that we love God because he first loved us and Psalm 103 gives several reasons to love God such as Him saving us, delivering us, and forgiving us. Not to mention that the Bible plainly says that God IS LOVE. But, true love is not what others do for us and it's really not what God did for me but why God did it. He loved me when I was unlovable. He gave his Son Jesus Christ for me so our relationship could be restored.

Elvis loved his gospel music and can't help but feel that that on the night we sang his song as a gospel tune, Elvis smiled and sang along with us.

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Have you heard an Elvis song or another "secular" song in church? If so, tell me in the comments. 31 comments

tonyleather 7 months ago

Never been inside a church in fifty years! That would be hypocritical of me, because I do NOT believe!


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Merrci 7 months ago from Oregon's Southern Coast Level 8 Commenter

Great review. Elvis did sing some wonderful gospel songs. Never considered including Can't help falling in love!


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youthministry 7 months ago from Birmingham, Al. Hub Author

@Merrci: Thanks for stopping by Merrci!


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youthministry 7 months ago from Birmingham, Al. Hub Author

@tonyleather: Thanks for stopping by Tony!


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mbgphoto 7 months ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA Level 4 Commenter

Such a beautiful song! Thanks for the memories.


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youthministry 7 months ago from Birmingham, Al. Hub Author

@mbgphoto: You are very welcome.


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Jerzimom 7 months ago from Ladysmith, WI Level 5 Commenter

What an awesome review. I love the song. Never heard it sung in church but why not the meaning is there. Thanks for sharing that.


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Sylvestermouse 7 months ago from United States Level 6 Commenter

Some of my first memories of Elvis were listening to him sing Gospel music. I loved the feelings he always communicated through his songs. And yes, I agree. I definitely think he would smile over that use of his song.


Ruthi 7 months ago

I think it awesome that your church included this Elvis song in its service. What better message than one of falling in love with God and inviting Him to take your hand, take all of you, into His Love.


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andreea22 7 months ago Level 2 Commenter

I used to go to church every Sunday when I was a child I've heard a lot of beautiful and touching songs there. English is not my native language, so I've never heard Elvis in a church, but that doesn't mean I haven't listened to his music at home.

I'm glad I got to read your lens, especially the paragraph about God's love.


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Halloween Cosplay 7 months ago Level 1 Commenter

I love Elvis's gospel songs, especially "How Great Thou Art." I've never heard his music in church but I could see it happening.


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sherwing 7 months ago from Bridgeport Connecticut United States

I've heard one or two gospel songs from Elvis. I must say they are pretty decent.


lindabobpopkes 7 months ago

Some of the psalms put to a rap beat is quite good. We did this in the nineties with 7th graders at bible camp (with the Pastor's permission).


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youthministry 7 months ago from Birmingham, Al. Hub Author

@lindabobpopkes: That is awesome!!


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youthministry 7 months ago from Birmingham, Al. Hub Author

@sherwing: Elvis could sing the phonebook, right? :)


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youthministry 7 months ago from Birmingham, Al. Hub Author

@Halloween Cosplay: If I ever become a lead pastor I am going to make sure Elvis gets in mix :)


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youthministry 7 months ago from Birmingham, Al. Hub Author

@andreea22: Thank you Andrea for stopping by and sharing your comment.


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youthministry 7 months ago from Birmingham, Al. Hub Author

@Sylvestermouse: You betcha! LOL.


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youthministry 7 months ago from Birmingham, Al. Hub Author

@Jerzimom: Thanks Cheryl.


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GrammieOlivia 7 months ago from Toronto Level 7 Commenter

I loved everything that Elvis sang and his gospel songs were nothing less than a tribute to God who gave this man a breautiful haunting voice. Thanks for this review, I wish you a LoTD!


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youthministry 7 months ago from Birmingham, Al. Hub Author

@GrammieOlivia: Thank you Grammieo!


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trevorjb1406 7 months ago Level 3 Commenter

There is no doubt that Elvis had a fabulous voice and I prefer his version to the others in the videos above. I have to admit that I listened to most of them, so you did a good job of getting my attention!

It was very sad how his life ended but I am sure he still brings pleasure to millions through his recordings. I have to admit I have never heard him in church. A nice lens, thanks for producing it.


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DuaneJ 7 months ago

I'm a fan of Elvis gospel too :-)


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youthministry 7 months ago from Birmingham, Al. Hub Author

@trevorjb1406: Thanks Trevor, glad I caught your attention. :)


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youthministry 7 months ago from Birmingham, Al. Hub Author

@DuaneJ: Awesome Duane!


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Diana Wenzel 7 months ago from Colorado Level 6 Commenter

I'm pretty sure our churches would be full if Elvis were there to sing. I can appreciate why this song resonated with you in the way that it did.


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youthministry 7 months ago from Birmingham, Al. Hub Author

@Diana Wenzel: I agree LOL.


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Brite-Ideas 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada Level 7 Commenter

What a beautiful place to be hearing his song - congratulations on review of the day as well :)


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youthministry 7 months ago from Birmingham, Al. Hub Author

@Brite-Ideas: Thanks Brite!


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favored 7 months ago from USA Level 7 Commenter

Although I haven't heard songs like this sung in a church service, I can see house the message fits. Elvis would agree I'd imagine. It's probably my favorite. I used it in one of my videos.


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youthministry 7 months ago from Birmingham, Al. Hub Author

@favored: Thanks for stopping by favored.1. And thanks for the cup cake kiss!

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