St. Patrick’s Day U2Charist, Downtown Allentown

St. Patrick’s U2Charist
7 PM
Zion’s Reformed UCC
620 W. Hamilton Street, Allentown PA

Sponsored by the fellowship group New Thing in a Church Basement and Zions Reformed UCC, Allentown’s first-ever U2charist takes a page from similar worship gatherings held across the country in recent years, adding its own Celtic twist in honor of St. Patrick Day’s and U2’s Irish origins. Put simply, a “U2charist” is a worship service that uses the music and rich spiritual imagery of U2 as liturgical guides. Calls to worship and responsive readings often reference the Biblical allusions of U2’s work, and the music for this liturgical hour will be taken from U2’s catalogue and re-imagined with an acoustic, Celtic style. Echoing the band’s long-stated concerns for social justice, this gathering will also highlight unique issues of equity and avenues of help in our local setting. 

Parking at Zion’s is widely available in the County lot directly adjacent to the church and at a lot off of Church Street just between Zion’s sanctuary and Walnut Street.

Happy Saint David’s Day! (and Other Welsh Things You Should Know)

Stained glass window in Jesus College Chapel, ...
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Happy Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Sant to you, Cymru.  That is to say, Happy St. David’s Day, Wales.  Happy St. David’s Day to all with some Welsh heritage, to anyone living in Pennsylvania, to anyone ever having been kept warm by coal, to anyone who’s ever found strength in refusing to go softly into any dark night. To anyone who likes the Kinks.   To the Stereophonics, John Cale, and Spencer Davis.  To John Ford, Maureen O’Hara, and Roddy McDowall for making this.  To anyone who’s ever enjoyed these things.