Hymns replaced by Bono lyrics at church

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  1. Rufus_1611

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    Hymns replaced by Bono lyrics at church by Jonathan Petre​

    John Lennon once enraged Christians by claiming that the Beatles were bigger than Jesus. The Church of England is now recognising the pulling power of rock stars by recruiting Bono, the singer and lyricist of U2, in its bid to boost congregations.

    A Church of England bishop is to preside at this country's first "U2-charist", an adapted Holy Communion service that uses the Irish supergroup's best-selling songs in place of hymns.

    US worshippers at a U2 Eucharist sing along to lyrics of Bono

    In what is more rock concert than Book of Common Prayer, a live band will belt out U2 classics such as Mysterious Ways and Beautiful Day as worshippers sing along with the lyrics, which will appear on screens. The atmosphere will be further enhanced by a sophisticated lighting system that will pulse with the beat, and striking visual images of poverty and drought.

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    Sounds like a good idea.
     
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    "Why should the devil get all the good tunes?" William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, when criticized for playing popular music at his services.
     
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    Praise God for fundie churches.
     
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    Maybe they should rename that church The Church of U2. :wavey:
     
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    I am always amazed how many churches will try to fill the pews man's way instead of God's way. Man's way may get them through the front door of the church and entertain them but it will not save them from their sin or hell. This is part of the reason so many "megachurches" are filled with such worldly professing Christians.

    John MacArthur has written several books that address these topics.
    The Gospel According To Jesus
    The Gospel According To The Apostles
    Hard To Believe
     
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    I think it's just a fad. After a while, people will get bored and leave and that church will have to think up still another way to attract people.
     
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    Hymns are those things in things in the red book in front of the pew, right? The ones we never pick up because they are not the songs projected on the screen?
     
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    What you win men WITH is what you win them TO!

    Can you say, Laodicea? I knew you could. (wavey smiles)
     
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    At our church we have hymns on the projector and praise songs in the hymnal - it's gotten so that I can't tell which songs I am supposed to hate. :(
     
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    I remember seeing a choir sing a U2 song in a church in a Christmas special back in 1988. This is nothing new.
     
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    Yep, those old folk tunes have so much in common with the beats, bass and all the junk today! Same thing right!

    :rolleyes:

    They make the same charge of Martin Luther. Turns out, if you actually study it, he wrote original tunes, took some from the RC and one "popular" tune. Turns out that the one popular tune actually originated in the church.

    Where music comes from is not the test of whether it is good or bad. Its intrinsic values, its sounds etc, are what give it moral or immoral qualities.

    Someone mentioned Laodicea, and they would be right.
     
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    From the link provided by the OP:
    "Extracted lyrics of songs used in American U2-charists, compiled by the Rev Paige Blair in York Harbor, Maine

    Mysterious Ways
    It's alright, it's alright, it's alright,
    She moves in mysterious ways,
    It's alright, it's alright, it's alright,
    We move through miracle days,
    Spirit moves in mysterious ways"

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    ?????

    Too gruesome.
     
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    Sure enough... and next year it will be Madonna :eek:

    Rob
     
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    The Church of England is as spiritually dead as a hammer!!! Makes me wonder how many tombs the Lord Jesus Christ walked on by in order to get to the one that belonged to Lazarus!!!!
     
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    Not exactly. He said they were more popular than Jesus, which probably was about right at the time. It was an unnoticed comment in the London Evening Standard, and didn't catch flak until months later when an American teenybopper magazine reprinted the comment. Lennon later said he was just making an observation about teens in England, and that he could have also said television is more popular than Jesus.


     
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    For the record, that's Petre's quote.
     
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    If you'd use quotes("") or quote blocks ([ quote][/quote ]) then that would be clear.
     
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    I thought the title of the article, the crediting of the article and the indention made it clear but I will take your suggestion under consideration.
     

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