Tomorrow morning (11am) in Fitzroy we will be unpacking sections of Mark 10 and Jeremiah 31 with various contemporary scenarios. U2 are in town and even a casual look at Blind Bartimeaus and the people of God’s Babylonian exile draws you their song The Blackout that will pump out across the SSE arena this evening.
It is a song that started in Bono’s own personal near death experience but then added Trump and Brexit. I would want to add into this bleakness this week’s memorial to the Shankill bomb and the current state of the Church.
Yet, in the Blackouts of blindness, exile and Bono’s world, personally and globally, there is a light, a love that in the end is all we have left. What are the clues in the Biblical text and in U2’s Songs Of Experience tour that can help us find cheer, hope and consolation? Expect many many more references once I've soaked the texts in the actual concert tonight!
Our worship will be in our traditional Sunday cycle. Usually guitar riff led, tomorrow we will be of a more classical bent. Richard Guthrie’s Ulster Orchestra viola with the David Livingstone’s near New Orleans jazz piano will take us into hymns that have lasted the test of time.
THERE IS NO EVENING EVENT TOMORROW!