Sunday, July 17, 2005

Praise with dance

One of the unfortunate aspects of traditional worship is that worshipers may get overly self-conscious about whether their behavior might disturb what they imagine to be the spirit everyone else gathered wants to experience. Children who are unburdened by those perceived expectations are a blessing to us all (even if they may drive their parents crazy).

This morning I was treated to the sight of a 2 1/2 year old child of the congregation who was moved to dance to the opening hymn. Holding her father's hand on one side and her mother's hand on the other side, she bounced and wiggled and waved while the congregation sang the opening hymn. She may not have understood all the words the older people were singing, but the broad smile on her face assured me that she had the spirit right.

All hail (bounce) the power (wiggle) of Jesus' name! (wave)
Let angels (big steps) prostrate fall (jump);
Bring forth (jump) the royal diadem (wiggle),
And crown (bounce) Him (wave) Lord of all (big steps);
Bring forth (jump) the royal diadem (wave),
And crown (bounce) Him (bounce) Lord (bounce) of all! (wave)

And on another note, thanks to submergence for pointing out the worship songs refrigerator magnets.


2 comments:

derailuer said...

Dear Sir. you say.
One of the unfortunate aspects of traditional worship is that worshipers may get overly self-conscious about whether their behavior might disturb what they imagine to be the spirit everyone else gathered wants to experience
THAT WAS PRETTY COOL AND RIGHT ON!!!THE KEY WORD HERE " IMAGINE". THE MIND[ THINKING PRINCIPLE] IS THE BIGGEST "SIN " OF ALL..

Stewart said...

Dear Sprockets,

Thanks for joining me on my park bench. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. I don't go as far as you do in condemning the mind because it is also something God has given us. It carries the potential for error, but also the potential for being used by God to draw us closer.