Adjusting Your Sermon in Light of a National Tragedy

The news is terrible.

And Sunday is coming.

In light of a national tragedy, how should a pastor adjust the sermon?

Many pastors will keep the same message but reference Sandy Hook in the service or sermon. Some pastors will write a new message in light of the national tragedy.

Perhaps the message you’ve prepared will speak to the hearts and minds of people on this issue. Or perhaps God will lead you in a different direction.  But no matter what you do, pastors…help people through this.

Relevance isn’t singing the most popular worship song or using trendy stories and illustrations.  It’s helping people with what’s going on in their lives.  And this weekend, this national event will be on people’s minds and hearts.

Fridays event was a terrible, national tragedy and pastors should be on the front lines of leading people through these times. People will be asking “where was God?” Parents will be sad. The nation will grieve.  Let’s not leave it to the lawmakers and reporters to shepherd our nation.

Here are some posts, thoughts and links to help you pray about how you should respond.

Here are some other thoughts, quotes and statements that might help you address the tragedy with your congregation:

  • A Religion that teaches that God lost his son SURELY has resources to deal with tragedy. – Darrin Patrick
  • Jehovah will keep thee from all evil; He will keep thy soul. – Psalm 121:7
  • Thankful for great writers addressing the Newtown tragedy from 35,000 ft. Pastor, your job tomorrow is to focus your help on your people. – Matt Adair
  • The Lord is close to the brokenhearted. And saves those who are crushed in spirit. – Psalm 34:18
  • Light shines the brightest when the world seems to be the darkest! – Perry Noble
  • “On the cross, we sufferers see that God now knows too what it is to lose a loved one in an unjust attack.” – Tim Keller

If you’re a pastor, what are you sharing with your congregation this Sunday?

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  1. says

    A few things:

    The church, on this side the cross, loves in hope of the second advent, the complete renewal of all things.

    The church must set the bar in our world, announcing to everyone that no one is an “untouchable” in Gods family. So many of these acts are done by the untouchables in our society; the outcasts; the mentally ill; the bullied; the lonely; etc. We must live “no Jew or Greek” seriously.

    Love your neighbor as yourself…for real. In your real neighborhood, in your real workplace, among real people.

    Mourn with those who mourn.

    C.S. Lewis’ “Problem of Pain” will make an appearance too.

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