Saturday, January 31, 2015

U2charist IX

This is the ninth annual U2charist on the “Souper Bowl of Caring” Sunday. The U2charist is an Episcopal Eucharist service that features the music of the band U2, and a message about God's call to rally around the Millennium Development Goals. The music in this service is replete with images of our connection with God and the importance of caring for your neighbor, particularly the most vulnerable and in need. Led by the Global MDG ambassador, Bono, U2 is calling people worldwide to a deeper faith and engagement with God's mission. The U2charist seeks to be an extension of this ministry in our parish.

Listen for biblical and theological references, for traditional Christian imagery and language, as well as for very nontraditional language, used to paint very traditional images of Christian theology. The traditional understanding of faith as an insatiable desire for God is a common theme, and “you” in U2’s lyrics is often indicative of God addressing the human, as it is the person of faith addressing God. "We've found different ways of expressing it…. Maybe we just have to sort of draw our fish in the sand. It's there for people who are interested." – Bono 

St. Augustine said, “Those who sing, pray twice.” 

The Playlist for 2015:

Ordinary Love from Mandela – Long Walk To Freedom (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Pride (In The Name Of Love) from The Best Of 1980-1990
Jesus Christ from Folkways: A Vision Shared - A Tribute to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly
"40" from War
Iris (Hold Me Close) from Songs of Innocence
One Step Closer
from How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
White As Snow from No Line On The Horizon
Beautiful Day from All That You Can't Leave Behind
Sleep Like a Baby Tonight from Songs of Innocence

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