“Bono Church”

I’ve got a lot of hay on my fork and over the past few months I’ve had to make choices as to which sites to maintain, which ones to ‘park’ for a while, and which ones to close down.

U2-Charist is among the websites I’ve had to just ‘let be’ for some time. But I’ve never considered closing it down, because:

  • I absolutely love U2. It’s my all-time favorite band, and though I enjoy a wide range of musical styles and artists, I’d have to answer the old ‘If you were stuck on a deserted island what music would you miss most’ question by saying, U2
  • As a Christian, I love the fact that U2 addresses spiritual issues — and that much of it demonstrates a clear understanding of God’s love for us. Some of U2’s songs are — as the U2-Charist shows — modern-day worship songs
  • I really enjoy the positive feedback I get from this website. I love hearing from other Christians who enjoy the U2charist, some of whom wrote that the service led them (back into) a deeper relationship with God

I thought about all this when I read a blog post today titled, “My Favorite Church Songs.” Blogger Deana Nall writes:

My favorite church songs are not in church.

They’re just not. Maybe one day. But right now, my favorite church songs are on YouTube and my iPod. Here are two of them:

Magnificent by U2

This is probably my favorite song from “No Line on the Horizon.” Bono has said the lyrics were inspired by Cole Porter and Bach. To me, it reads a lot like one of David’s Psalms. The song is about “two lovers holding on to each other and trying to turn their life into worship,” according to Bono. Right now, no song connects me with God like this one:

She then quotes the lyrics to the song, and shows a copy of the video.

Fantastic, right?!

I read the post I quote from since it was linked in a post in which Deana describes a U2charist service (or, as she likes to call it, “Bono Church”) at First United Methodist in downtown Little Rock.

She closes here review as follows:

The whole thing lasted about an hour. Rev. Mattox said the church will have more U2charists in the future. I hope so. This kind of worship is what works for me right now. And I know, believe me—I KNOW. Worship isn’t supposed to be about me. I get that. But sometimes you have to find your own way to God when the old ways just don’t work anymore. These songs are not new to me. But they are new in this context of worshiping with others. It works, so I’m going with it.

1 I waited patiently for the LORD;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
3 He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the LORD
and put their trust in him. – Psalm 40:1-3

Have you attended a U2charist? If so, what was it like? How did it impact you? What it what you expected?

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