Lent and Easter with U2

The music of U2 is among the best music to reflect on Christian themes.  It can be argued that U2’s theological reflection surpasses all of the other self-consciously “Christian” bands. Join us this Lent as we use the music of U2 to reflect on the passages of scripture we encounter during Lent and Easter and re-encounter these texts with new power and meaning.

Desire” (Desire)

March 13, 2011, First Sunday in Lent
The Temptation in the Wilderness
Genesis 2:15–17; 3:1–7; Psalm 32 (UMH 766); Romans 5:12–19; Matthew 4:1–11

Always Pain Before a Child is Born” (Yahweh)

March 20, 2011, Second Sunday in Lent
The New Birth
Genesis 12:1–4a; Psalm 121 (UMH 844); Romans 4:1–5, 13–17; John 3:1–17

No More Water in the Well” (Trip Through Your Wires)

March 27, 2011, Third Sunday in Lent
The Samaritan Woman at the Well
Exodus 17:1–7; Psalm 95 (UMH 814); Romans 5:1–11; John 4:5–42

I Was Blind; I Could Not See” (I Will Follow)

April 3, 2011, Fourth Sunday in Lent
The Healing of the Man Born Blind
1 Samuel 16:1–13; Psalm 23 (UMH 754 or 137); Ephesians 5:8–14; John 9:1–41

Whose Sons Are Living in the Ground” (Peace on Earth)

April 10, 2011, Fifth Sunday in Lent
The Raising of Lazarus
Ezekiel 37:1–14; Psalm 130 (UMH 848); Romans 8:6–11; John 11:1–45

Only Love Can Leave Such a Mark” (Magnificent)

April 17, 2011, Sixth Sunday in Lent (Passion/Palm Sunday)
The Crucifixion
Isaiah 50:4–9a; Psalm 31:9–16 (UMH 764); Philippians 2:5–11; Matthew 26:14–27:66

It’s a Beautiful Day” (Beautiful Day)

April 24, 2011, Easter Sunday
The Resurrection
Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:1–2, 14–24 (UMH 839); Colossians 3:1–4; Matthew 28:1–10