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Easter Thoughts from Bono

April 4, 2010

We had an amazing Easter service today at Highland, made especially touching by Val singing “Arise My Love” in the middle of the service and getting to serve communion to hundreds of familiar and unfamiliar faces at the front of the auditorium.

Easter falls this year on April 4; 42 years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis. I couldn’t help juxtaposing these words by one of my favorite theologians, Paul Hewson (aka Bono), this morning as we sang “Christ the Lord is Risen Today”, “Crown Him with Many Crowns”, and “Worthy is the Lamb.”

One man come in the name of love
One man come and go
One man come here to justify
One man to overthrow
In the name of love!
One man in the name of love
In the name of love!
What more? In the name of love!

One man caught on a barbed wire fence
One man he resists
One man washed on an empty beach
One man betrayed with a kiss

In the name of love!
What more in the name of love?
In the name of love!
What more? In the name of love!

Nobody like you…there’s nobody like you…

Early morning, April 4
Shot rings out in the Memphis sky
Free at last, they took your life
They could not take your pride

In the name of love!
What more in the name of love?
In the name of love!
What more in the name of love?
In the name of love!
What more in the name of love…

Jesus, and the equality, justice, and love that He stood for, is risen. He is risen indeed.

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