"U2-charist": Bono moves in mysterious ways

Mon Jan 29, 9:18 AM ET

LONDON (Reuters) – For Anglicans who still haven’t found what they’re looking for, the Church of England is staging its first “U2-charist” communion service — replacing hymns with hit songs by the Irish supergroup.

“Rock music can be a vehicle of immense spirituality,” said Bishop of Grantham Timothy Ellis, announcing plans for the unique service in the central English town of Lincoln in May.

A live band is to play U2 classics like “Beautiful Day” and “Mysterious Ways” with special singalong lyrics displayed on a giant screen. Seating for the 500-strong congregation is to be re-arranged so everyone can dance and wave their hands.

The service is to focus on the Millennium development goals — U2’s lead singer Bono is a leading promoter of the targets to alleviate world poverty. (original article linked to title)

* Now I love U2, I love Bono, I’m a fan.
Though I believe that we can touched by God listening to music, (as I have been by U2 and many others), I am not sure this church has to go so far with this. I’m saying this more from a preferece thing. Why not include U2 songs in addition to the thousands of other works our faith has produced. As a church, we tend to go from one extreme to another.
But what do I know. I’m still signing up on their newsletter list so I will be notified for Gun’s Roses Sunday. I would love to see Slash play November Rain inside the church again.

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