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U2charist is a rockin’ Sunday service

 

Kalyn Wolfe, Pensacola News Journal
August 21st, 2015

Article originally appeared here.

Still haven’t found what you’re looking for?

It’s OK, Pensacola. The First United Methodist Church might have what you need.

At 11 a.m. Sunday, the First United Methodist Church of Pensacola will present a U2chairist worship service that’s open to the public. This unique church service will combine ancient liturgy of the church along with music from U2, presented by the ICON service worship band.

Since 2009, the First United Methodist Church has presented three U2chairst services, pulling in crowds of more than 500 each time.

“Although we were the first to bring the U2chairist services to the area, we weren’t the first ones to do it,” First United Methodist Church of Pensacola Creative Director Jeb Hunt said. “Each year we do, it seems to grow within the community.”

The U2chairist will feature elements that converge contemporary and traditional worship styles, and the service will include a sermon by the Rev. Scott Grantland, senior associate pastor of the First United Methodist Church.

“There had been a movement among social justice activists that found a connection between U2’s music and the message of Jesus,” Grantland said. “It’s not the music you’d expect to hear in a church”

Grantland also says that while the U2 music featured at the event will incorporate a newness and tradition in the world of music and art, it will also attempt to break down the stereotypes and barriers of traditional religion. People should expect to be immersed into a vibrant scene.

“It’s that mentality that everything you hear in a church has to be from a church hymnal,” Grantland said. “We believe that everything has the potential of being sacred, we’re not limited only to that.”

This event is free and open to the public, and donations will be solicited to benefit Imagine No Malaria, a campaign that helps battle the outbreak of malaria in Africa.

“Everyone is invited,” Hunt said. “People in the community should come as they are and worship here. We truly are a church of open doors.”

Want to go?

WHAT: U2charist

WHEN: 11 a.m. Sunday

WHERE: First United Methodist Church, 6 E. Wright St.

ADMISSION: Free

DETAILS: 748-1257, or email jebhunt@pensacolafirstchurch.com