U2 Christmas series: "When Love Comes to Town"

I have the strong feeling I already linked a U2 event either at this church or involving some of its staff several months ago, but I can't find it. Anyway, what I would call the Advent series and they call the Christmas series at Granger Community Church (Granger, Indiana) is designed around 4 U2 songs. There is a corresponding outreach effort to give away $500,000. Individual worship services working with U2 material (and secular music in general) have been so common for so long that I've kind of given up linking such things unless they're unusually creative (or amusing; see below). However, I can't remember noticing a 4-week series like this (open to correction, though!)

Description: "Do you ever wonder why people only love each other at Christmas or after a natural disaster? Are you ever bombarded by every charity and fund-raiser competing for your money? At times, do you shut down because of the overwhelming void in your own heart? Join us this Christmas season and get a backstage pass to one of the greatest bands of all time, talking about the greatest message of all time. We'll use today's arts, media and songs from U2 to explore the heart of generosity. We'll see our lives as an expression of who we are inside, learn the secret of a guilt-free "no" and discover how one "yes" can turn a world upside down."

Sounds like a creative integration of arts/liturgical/pastoral material, but you can evaluate it for yourself by watching online for a week after each service. The series begins next week, Dec 2-3, and there's a service-by-service thematic description and a video promo at the executive pastor's blog. If you check the promo out, you'll note in the playlist a long-established pattern of working with mainstream popular music to support worship service themes.

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