“Truly an honor”: Singing for Senator Clementa Pinckney’s funeral

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 is a day that will go into the history books. A day when worlds collided and hatred tried to steal joy and peace from the community of Charleston. But it did not succeed. Yes, we mourn the loss of the 9 victims of the shooting while continuing to pray for their families but this event is proof that God can make good out of even the most terrible of events.

POTUS Last Friday I had the pleasure of singing with Low Country Voices at the funeral of the Reverend Senator Clementa Pinckney. It was truly an honor to sing for his family, President Barack Obama, and to give back the best that I could to a city I’ve grown to love so dearly and a community that has welcomed me with open and loving arms. Through the praises of many and the testimonies of the Senator’s loved ones I learned a lot. I learned that nothing this world has in it’s arsenal can compete against the love and joy that brings us together as a people through Christ. I don’t want to get too preach-y but that is definitely what Friday’s memorial service was– a passion-filled worship service that gave great honor the life and accomplishments of Senator Pinckney.

pinckneyI’ve never sung with such a large group before. Made up of 4 ensembles we numbered about 150+. I’ve also never sung with a choir so freely before. It is a lesson every singer, performer, and Christian should take from learn from this group–that if you’re doing something with everything you have to the glory of God the only thing it can be is beautiful.

My favorite memory from the service is when one of the speakers asked, “Wouldn’t it make the devil mad if someone got saved today?” Rather than looking for sorrow we must look for joy, look for what God can do and how he can use us.


What do we have to fear?
“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord!” Romans 8:37-39

RTM_3231Submitted by:
David Nagelkirk
CMC Scholarship Recipient