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#What2Preach After the Massacre at Sandy Hook
I was concerned about what and how people would preach after the slaughter of the innocents in Newtown CT. Social media made it possible for me to hold multiple conversations with struggling clergy wresting with the lectionary texts, and those seeking a word and a text from God. For lectionary preachers the texts included: Zephaniah 3:14-30, "Sing aloud...Rejoice with all your heart..." Surely inappropriate and insensitive for many. Canticle 9 in the Episcopal Church, "Surely it is God who saves me" from Isaiah 12:2-6 - but so many perished. "Rejoice in the Lord always...!" The exhortation to rejoice seems so out of place. And then there was the gospel, "You brood of vipers..." Hardly comforting.
I took to the internet and began a tweetchat cross-posted to Facebook and sermon preparation group to discuss these and other texts with preachers, priests and pastors preparing to proclaim what we call in the Black Church, a "fit" word. ChSocM, Church Social Media asked me to blog about that experience. You can find that post here.