Lots of fans revere their favorite artists like attending a religious experience. To add to the confusion already out there one church in northern Florida – Pensacola has added a new twist to the Sunday morning service. Come and join the “U2charist” Twenty Four Bit reported on the First United Church of Pensacola playing the music and lyrics of Bono and U2. The pinnacle of the Holy Roller club.
Pensacola News Journal’s Rebecca Ross reports the U2charist will include “Where the Streets Have No Name,” “With or Without You,” “One,” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” Also, “Beautiful Day” is slated to be the opening number for each worship service.
“U2’s music is so deeply spiritual that I think the corporate worship setting is the perfect place for it,” Rev. Geoffrey Lentz told the PNJ, adding later, “It’s exciting for the oldest Protestant church in Pensacola to have a cutting edge worship service.”
Obviously this new ultra modern service is aimed at a younger audience although there are a number of older rockers I know who wouldn’t mind a bit of U2 in their service now and then!
Churches who hold the U2charist do not have to pay licensing fees for using U2’s music on the condition that the church donates any money raised by the service to charities benefiting the Millennium Development Goals, to which Bono is an ambassador.