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“Dance” in the Church

danceThroughout history, across cultures, and beyond language barriers; dance has been a form of emotional expression and social interaction.  Dance was/is a form of passing stories down throughout the generations, as well as to show feelings to the opposite gender and a form of ethnicity. Today, dance remains a impactful way of celebrating, entertaining, and ceremonial worship, in a spiritual or performance setting, used to express ideas and tell stories. 

In the church body today, we see the art of dance as an ‘instrument’ of worship to God in all His Glory.  The principal of celebrating his marvelous works, love, and mercy has given us the refreshed revelation of expressiveness, telling the story of Salvation.  The moments of promise before your eyes have stirred the performer to take up their timbrels and dance with singing “the Lord has triumphed gloriously!”  This is the “Time to Dance” just as King David danced before the LORD with all his might; keeping in mind that, first and foremost, we are performing to an audience of one…“God the Holy One.”  Also, we are presenting ourselves holy and acceptable to the Lord, “Be Holy for I Am Holy”, as we are the temple of the Holy Spirit.   

The Jewels of Dance (Rescue’s Dance Ministry) and other performers do not come to manipulate before him, as did Herodias, but rather as one whom is seeking their bridegroom. A glance of the performers’ range of movement can define their artistic and moral sensibility.  “Let them praise his name with dancing!”  For the Lord takes delight in his people.  Therefore I exhort you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a sacrifice alive, holy, and pleasing to God which is your reasonable service. Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God, what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.

 

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