Leading Lament

How 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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