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Warren church service to feature Beatles music



Published: Sat, February 11, 2012 @ 12:01 a.m.

By LINDA M. LINONIS

linonis@vindy.com

WARREN

“ALL YOU NEED IS Love” along with your bell-bottoms and tie-dye T-shirt and you’ll be right on for a groovy event at Christ Episcopal Church.

A special service featuring music of The Beatles is planned for 6 p.m. Feb. 18 in the church at 2627 Atlantic St. NE.

Doug Thomas, featured vocalist for The Bridge, the band that will play, said he sees The Beatles’ music as a comfortable fit into a religious service. “So much is about love and peace,” he said. “It’s spiritual on many levels.”

Those “Words Of Love” penned by John Lennon and Paul McCartney span the generations and make an enduring statement on life’s “Long and Winding Road.”

The Rev. Jeff Baker said the service is a way “to get out of the box and have fun.” He continued that the song-oriented service with music so many people know and love is another way “to experience God.” So come and don’t be a “Nowhere Man.”

He added that some people may feel intimidated by a formal service. This outreach service, Father Baker said, is “a way to come together” if you’re “Searchin.’” Maybe some will feel “Got To Get You Into My Life” refers to a higher power.

“The Episcopal Church is a welcoming committee for God, not a selection committee,” said Wayne Thomas, a vestry member involved in parish-life activities. “Acceptance, peace and love” are themes in the church and mirrored in Beatles’ songs, he said.

Father Baker said the service “has taken on a life of its own.” He chalked it up “to how the Holy Spirit works.”

The priest added that since so much of The Beatles’ music revolves around love and peace, it’s in harmony with a religious service. “It’s about love and God’s love for us. The church is a physical outpouring of that love,” he said.

Reaching out is what churches are supposed to do, he added. The service, he hopes, will be a “Ticket To Ride” by appealing to a broad range of people. The service might help people realize that God is “Here, There And Everywhere” and a way to “Help!” yourself to an uplifting time.

God’s flower children will “Come Together” at 5:30 p.m. and are encouraged to “Act Naturally” by getting decked out in their bell-bottoms, tie-dye T-shirts and fringed vests.

Once attendees are seated, a large video display screen will play a clip of The Beatles’ appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” from Feb. 9, 1964. Doug Thomas said he belonged to a youth group at Christ Episcopal who watched the show at the church. “I remember going into the restroom and combing my hair like The Beatles. I never looked back,” said the musician who has played music since the 1960s.

He said The Bridge will perform “Because” as the prelude and “All You Need is Love” for the processional.

“The Word,” Doug Thomas said, is “custom-made” to introduce the Gospel. Father Baker’s message, “Here Comes the Son,” will play off another song title. He will wear a special tie-dye shirt.

“Let It Be” will highlight the recessional and “The End” will conclude the service.

After the service, everyone will “Come Together” at a sing-a-long in the parish hall. They can join in “Any Time At All” at the open mic and play “Rock And Roll Music” on their guitars and tambourines.

Don’t be “The Fool On The Hill” and not join in the spirited fun.


Comments

1Ianacek(855 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Yes. The Beatles were great .
If only someone would get the Seekers to do a small US farewell tour .They have alrready done their farewell UK tour . Remember "Georgie Girl" , "A world of our own" , "Puff the magic dragon" , "This land is your land" , "If I had a hammer" , "we shall not be moved" etc. ) They still do reunions after 48 years & sound as good as ever - especially Judith Durham, one of the few singers I know who could , at 68, do a full gig "acappela" ( without insstrumental accompaniment )

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2whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Let it be, let it be , Good Luck

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3espnlooop(23 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

INTERESTING SINCE THE BEATLES ONCE PROCLAIMED THEMSELVES MORE POPULAR THAN JESUS.
NICE GOING CHURCH.

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4misterlee(118 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

To take something as genuinely peaceful and full of love as the work of the Beatles and use it for something as devisive as religion is not something any member of the group would want. I'll bet John Lennon's body is turning in his grave like a rotisserie.

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5OpenYourEyes(1 comment)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Using the music of The Beatles or U2 or any other popular band is nothing new in church services. It's been done before. Kudos to misterlee for recognizing the message of peace and love underlying in The Beatles music. Many of their messages were against religion, politics and hypocracy (all of which are synonomous). To LosersNeverWin - I don't recall anything being mentioned in this article about raising money for the community. Or is that what the facade of "religion" is all about these days? Money. Lastly, I certainly hope the foul language you seem to freely spout is not the message this church portrays. Simply shameful! Again, refer to HYPOCRACY!

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