TERRE HAUTE —
Local Methodists invite the community to come together and imagine the connection between Beatles music and Christian theology.
Rev. Jill Howard, associate pastor at Memorial United Methodist Church, said a multi-media event planned for this coming Friday will be a fun-filled foray into spiritual contemplation.
“How often do we hear about Beatles music in church?” she remarked Sunday morning while the Praize Band warmed up for that day’s service.
The free program, “BEAtleTudes: Exploring Love and Inspiration Through the Lyrics of the Beatles,” will begin its long and winding road of rhetorical analysis Friday at 6:30 p.m. inside the sanctuary of the 2701 Poplar Street church. A free-will offering will be taken at the service, with all proceeds going to help tornado victims throughout Indiana.
Members of the Praize Band regularly perform throughout the Wabash Valley as “Any Day But Sunday,” working a repertoire of classic rock and Beatles covers.
Howard said last year the church hosted a Lent service including YouTube clips, and this year’s program has a similar bent.
“It’s a chance to come together and do something unique, and invite the whole community as well,” she said while the band warmed up with “Long and Winding Road.”
And the lyrics of songs like “Into the Sun” and “Got To Get You Into My Life” do lend themselves to open interpretation, she remarked.
The Praize Band’s Ed Ice said John Lennon would be proud to hear his words pondered in such a manner.
“He would love it,” Ice said Sunday morning. “He was actually a very religious man.”
The program is open to all faiths, as the concepts involved aren’t the monopoly of any one belief set, he said. Eight songs will be performed by the band, with a discussion period to follow each.
Howard said the 11⁄2 hour service will be a “multimedia experience” emphasizing grace and love, and a concert to raise money for storm victims.
On Sunday, Rev. Scott Johnson took his message from I Corinthians 1:18-25, titling the sermon “Foolish Wisdom.”
Referencing Methodist founder and theologian John Wesley, Johnson said the church has a long history of taking academic learning to the people. Too often, Christians say, “check your mind at the door” of the sanctuary, he said, emphasizing that’s the wrong way to be.
“I’m here to say I think God loves smart people,” he said.
God wants people to be creative, think and question, using the minds He gave them, Johnson said. It’s only when people think they’re wiser than God that “He laughs.”
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