Leading Lament

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHow will you lead worship this weekend in lieu of the Boston tragedy?

Use the comments below to share what ways you will use music and/or artistic and experiential interaction to help your church express grief and solidarity with those affected by this week’s tragedy. We don’t want to be manipulative, but learning how to lament and lead our congregations laments is an important aspect of leading worship. Let’s share our ideas to help one another lead this weekend in a meaningful, authentic, and spirit filled way.

Here’s one idea to get it started:
Sometimes our songs can be about God’s victory and love for the poor, or a lament for the state of the world, without being literal. Use visuals to help bring this deeper reality about. Use All Sons and Daughters’ “All the Poor and Powerless” (either lead the congregation to sing it or simply play the CD version) and display tasteful pictures of the Boston marathon tragedy (possibly other pictures that make sense in your context) on the screen. Even the word “hallelujah” will come through with a deeper nuance and beauty and connect your congregation with those affected.

Please add your suggestions below.

All The Poor & Powerless from All Sons & Daughters on Vimeo.

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    4 comments on “Leading Lament

    1. Gonna sound controversial here, but I don’t think every tragedy is a national tragedy just because the event took place on U.S. soil. The further the community is removed, either geographically or relationally, the less of an effect the event will have on day to day life. Calling attention during a worship gathering to “tragedies” should be done with great care and purpose. Just doing “something” because “its the thing to do” stinks of emotional manipulation. You need to ask the question, “By calling attention to this event, will I draw the congregation into progressing in their spiritual journey?”

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    3. This was what we did at our church in New Zealand following the 2011 Christchurch earthquake: http://www.chongsworship.com/2011/03/01/lessons-from-leading-worship-after-an-earthquake/

      Benjamin has a good point about how much to say about tragedies depending on your community’s proximity to the events. We’d mention the earthquake and other local (NZ) tragedies, but on Sundays following Aurora or other “further-removed” events, we’ve only briefly mentioned it or not at all. The decisions should be made with care and sensitivity, and definitely with the church leadership.

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