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Old 12-14-2012, 12:31 PM   #1
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Joyful songs in the wake of tragedy?

So the news is still unfolding about the shooting massacre in a CT elementary school. Up to 30 dead including up to 20 kids.. So tragic..

As I contemplate the mood of the nation in the light of such news, I ponder my song choices for Sunday. Do you guys keep your upbeat/joyful songs in spite of external circumstances? The last time I faced this decision, one of our long time elderly members had put a gun to his head on Saturday afternoon and killed himself. There was some discussion of continuing business as usual "rejoicing in the Lord" but ultimately we determined that as weak humans, we wouldn't be able to pull it off, as a team, or a congregation. We dropped the song set for Sunday and sang a couple of old hymns instead, most of us bawling our eyes out as we closed with "Blest be the tie that binds".

This Sunday I had planned to open with "Today is the Day" ala Paul Baloche style: Paul Baloche - "Today Is The Day" - Live - YouTube

The scriptures say in Psalm 118:24: "Today is the day the Lord hath made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it". It doesn't say "unless things currently suck...." So, tis a quandary. at least for me.

More importantly however, let us pray for the wounded, the teachers, the children, and the families of the dead.

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Yah changing songs is always an option. Unfortunately our projector is out for a warranty repair and we're going with bulletin inserts this week. Already printed up and ready for passing out. Our church admin is off on Fridays too..
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Yah changing songs is always an option. Unfortunately our projector is out for a warranty repair and we're going with bulletin inserts this week. Already printed up and ready for passing out. Our church admin is off on Fridays too..
I wouldn't let that keep me from selecting a more appropriate song as needed.
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I'll bet you could muddle through Joy to the World without projected lyrics.

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I'll bet you could muddle through Joy to the World without projected lyrics.

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Yeah...take the poinsettias off the hymnals and use them.
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Looking at the lyrics to Today is the Day, Joe, I think you could pull it off. Slow it down. Make it a declaration instead of a celebration song.
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Looking at the lyrics to Today is the Day, Joe, I think you could pull it off. Slow it down. Make it a declaration instead of a celebration song.
There ya go Tony. I really like that idea and am going to give that a try.
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We shoot for a celebration every week. You never know when your number is up and all that. No doubt it'll hit very close to home this weekend because we have a very close relationship with the charter school in our community.

What I want to emphasize is that we should never be afraid to confront the evil that is devouring our society, our children, us, on a daily basis. And what happened in that school was evil. And when it grips a person it can take them to depths that you cannot imagine. I've dealt with it on a very up-close and personal level. I never believed in God until I met Satan, and I firmly believe I have.
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