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.