Sunday, July 1, 2012

Music as a Weapon of Choice

Some years ago, I got brave and volunteered to do a sermon at the UU church I attend.. During the summer months, the minister is on vacation, so congregants and guests take over the pulpit. We even have a full-time committee that makes sure something is lined up each week, to include preacher, service leader, Board rep, hymns, musicians, sound techs and a story for the kids.Usually by October or November, the entire church year's schedule is filled in, along with contingencies for no-shows.

I wrote the piece below, and it was more or less in place a week before, when we learned that a homicidal wingnut had gone into a UU church in Knoxville and opened fire, killing two people and wounding seven. Because this incident was so fresh for us the day I spoke, and because the shooter had concealed his rifle in a guitar case as he entered the church, the title was changed to "Music as a Healing Choice."

For ease of reading and effect, I've made a few changes in the wording to accommodate the videos I'm inserting.

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Very few of us can go through a single day without hearing music.  I think most people probably wake up to a clock radio or an alarm that plays a chosen tune.  While coffee is brewing, we listen to the perky theme music on the morning news shows and catch the latest commercial jingles in between segments.  Or, perhaps we get reminded that “Barney” loves us, and we love him!