I get to preach this week in "big church" for both services. I had an idea of our dance team doing the dance that the performed a few weeks ago on Sunday night because it would be a perfect time for me to do my whole sermon about dancing so that way it wasn’t just something tacked on to a service, but something that really made a difference. As I was thinking about it I was sort of afraid of doing something that will be seen as so radical in the winter when everyone is a little grouchy. So I sort of forgot about it and let it slide.
Well, tonight Meredith was in charge of our Catalyst Worship Arts Team practice because I was at the Auburn/Kentucky basketball game. After practice Meredith called me and said, "Well, they’re ready to do the dance on Sunday." I probably wouldn’t have gone with it, but Meredith didn’t realize that I was waffling and was just doing what we had talked about.
So now I am moving forward with it, and I am very happy about the whole thing. I love the idea of students being involved in worship and I really love the idea of shaking things up a bit. Also, when it comes to dancing I have really come alive to the idea that if the church is going to move forward we all have to learn to dance. Maybe not actually get out in the isles and bust a move, but we have to dance in the sense that we must break out of our set in our ways ways and start to move to the beat of God’s presence in our lives. It is time for us as a church (and I’m talking to myself here too) to stop worrying about appearances and start moving with God. It is time for us as a church to stop sitting on our hands and doing nothing when the very Spirit of the Living God is inside of us moving forward and compelling us to get up and move.
So it looks like Sunday we are going to actually have hip-hop dancing in a small Southern Baptist Church. Come Monday I could be looking for a new job, or I could be raving about how people really found God in worship. Pray for me. I don’t know which would be the best outcome, but God knows. Pray that above all else God would be glorified and that His name would be praised. If that is the case then whether people like it or not I have done what He has called me to do.