A call to service


Jacob Carl
Jacob Carl from the Church of the Messiah, Woods Hole, was one of the readers at the Tabernacle. Photo by Susan Safford

Posted July 26, 2007

The Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs hosted an energy-filled U2charist service on July 12, culminating this summer's Camp-Meeting Week. Using a format originated by the Rev. Paige Blair, rector at St. George's Episcopal Church in York Harbor, Maine, the event combined an Episcopal Eucharist service with an inspiring presentation about the Millennium Development Goals adopted by the United Nations in 2000, which include several initiatives to end global suffering, poverty, and disease by 2015, and the ONE campaign which supports these goals.

Inspired by the music of U2, whose lead singer Bono is a staunch activist for human rights and equality, worshippers sang along, swaying to the beat. The collection earned nearly $1,500 towards the purchase of a Playpump for use in a developing country. The merry-go-round-like apparatus can be ridden by children to pump clean water for a community.

The Rev. Neil Sweet, a United Methodist Pastor from Bridgewater and summer resident of the Campground, who organized the annual Camp- Meeting week, had learned about the U2charist and asked the Rev. Rob Hensley of Grace Episcopal Church in Vineyard Haven to lead the event. A number of other Island and off-Island clergy participated. Along with Islanders and visitors of all ages, the congregation included groups of young people from the Church of the Messiah in Woods Hole and St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Falmouth who, along with visiting adults and clergy, had joined youth of Grace Church for a pizza supper before the service.

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