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June 6th, 2004

The Spirit is in the house! @ 10:42 pm

carobanano:
I'm currently feelin: gleeful
I'm currently hearin: I will sing, sing a new song....


So, today my youth group led the worship service at my church. It was incredible. A few weeks ago we were coming up with ideas for what to sing/say/etc., and I (as subtly as possible) suggested reading Psalm 40 and singing "40". It took a bit of convincing, and listening to the song, and figuring out how to adapt it to acoustic guitar and some 50 voices, but we did! It was so amazing to be teaching everyone the song a couple weeks ago and just have people joining in.....little by little....one voice turning into many. One of my leaders said she cried just hearing us sing it. (But then again, she's pregnant and therefore very hormonal. :Þ)

And then I read a meditation (like a mini-sermon, I suppose). Our theme was "Shout to the Lord." I talked about how you shout about something you're passionate for, and how Bono shouts stuff like "Hallelujah!" or "the Spirit is in the house!" during concerts. (Interestingly enough, another one of my leaders talked about that during a Sunday school-ish class; that's why I mentioned it.) So then I went into how much I love U2, and how, when I see them in concert (not if! when! thinking positive here!) I'll shout myself hoarse. And so, if I shout for U2 because I'm passionate about them, shouldn't I be shouting for God when he's given me so much?

So hell yeah did I shout! I shouted about Bono, I shouted about God, I even shouted about the Belmont Stakes yesterday. (Crushing, absolutely crushing). We even opened the service with "Shout!" As in, the song from "Animal House." :D The best thing about that is, we're from a Presbyterioan church- which means that, as much as I love my church, we're really stiff and boring. And we were shaking and singing and shouting like a bunch of Pentecostals. :D
The next item on my agenda: to sing "Gloria" with the choir......now that would rock!

Anyone else have experience with U2 in church?
 
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From:always_rejoice
Date:June 6th, 2004 08:19 pm (UTC)

Not at exciting, but...

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I gave a speech in front of my church one time (Greek Orthodox), and I quoted Bono! Anyway, what you did is awesome! AWESOME!
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From:carobanano
Date:June 6th, 2004 08:52 pm (UTC)

Re: Not at exciting, but...

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Cool! Do you remember what you said?

It was beyond awesome. I don't know how we're going to top it next year.....
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From:signifiers
Date:June 6th, 2004 08:24 pm (UTC)
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That sounds amazing. I guess as I can remember, I've never had a U2 experience at church, but my Dad tells me that when I was two or three they used "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" on one of those end-of-the-year slideshow things for the graduating students and nearly everyone in the church sang along. I wish I could remember that!
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From:carobanano
Date:June 6th, 2004 08:54 pm (UTC)
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Eeeeee! That's so cool! We had a slideshow this year- during the senior song, incidentially. Even stranger- I was talking to S. tonight about singing ISTHFWILF in church. Maybe that should be my next project.....
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From:signifiers
Date:June 6th, 2004 08:55 pm (UTC)
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That would be so awesome if you did that. I can't help it--whenever I think about ISHFWILF and church I inevitably start thinking of the scene in Rattle & Hum...so excellent.
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From:carobanano
Date:June 7th, 2004 07:08 pm (UTC)
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I have yet to see Rattle & Hum. *weep*
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From:signifiers
Date:June 7th, 2004 08:11 pm (UTC)
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Oh, right, you were looking for it in the video shops in Toronto, weren't you? You MUST see it...it is the BEST MOVIE EVER!
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From:achtungbaby
Date:June 6th, 2004 10:22 pm (UTC)
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that sounds so awesome! and kudos for your group leader for being cool enough to let it happen.
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From:carobanano
Date:June 7th, 2004 07:12 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! Major kudos to them.......I think they had a tougher time with "Shout!" than "40" though. :D Everyone seemed a little surprised at both the volume of religious material U2 has and the, well, religious-ness of it.
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From:carobanano
Date:June 7th, 2004 07:16 pm (UTC)
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Oh, exclamation points rock my world! ;D

It was really cool, actually.....during those brainstorming times I talked about one girl said that we should "start a revolution and change Presbyterianism forever!!!" And......we kinda did. That was the most enthusiastic I've ever seen the church act. I mean......there was so. much. clapping. Both applause-like clapping and clapping along to songs. That essentially never happens in church! And people are still talking about it.....I think we did a good job of inciting a mini-revolution. :D

Whether your religious/spiritual or not, I'm so glad you've had that feeling before. Everyone should be able to experience it!
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From:parallel_rhythm
Date:June 7th, 2004 08:44 am (UTC)
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That is gorgeous... simply GORGEOUS. Now if we had Sunday services like that in my church (Roman Catholic), I'd be more motivated to go!
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From:carobanano
Date:June 7th, 2004 07:20 pm (UTC)
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If we had Sunday services like that each week......we really would be Pentecostal! Or the Church of Bono. :Þ

It was a great experience, but I'm kind of glad it only happens once a year....it makes it more special. I also don't think I could deal with that level of emotion week after week. I'm still totally in awe of the whole thing.
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From:throwitall_away
Date:June 7th, 2004 01:32 pm (UTC)
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yeah being catholic really sucks in that aspect, maybe like 200 years from now when u2 songs become like beethoven songs are the catholic church will sing them
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From:carobanano
Date:June 7th, 2004 07:26 pm (UTC)
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Somehow that conjures up the image of a full symphony orchestra playing U2 songs......surreal!

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