Many of you experienced (perhaps for the first time ever…) our worship service that included prophetic dance (Sunday, May 10, 2015, if you’re looking for it on LiveStream). It was an amazing yet simple expression of worship that fit beautifully in our service. As a Covenant Member of VCC and active participant of our Worship Arts Ministry, Chardé Henderson has stepped into the life of VCC and we have embraced her. Her giftings and talents are apparent in her design to worship the Lord through song and dance. When she approached Pastor Roger and I about involving dance as a part of worship, it was evident that her passion for the Lord was fervent.
The Scriptures do not shy away from dance. It is repeatedly expressed in the book of Psalms as well as many instances where people danced before the Lord. While it is easy to justify our singing or playing instruments as an appropriate form of worship, we can’t exclude dance. Psalm 150 says:
Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heaven!
Praise him for his mighty works;
praise his unequaled greatness!
Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn;
praise him with the lyre and harp!
Praise him with the tambourine and dancing; (emphasis mine)
praise him with strings and flutes!
Praise him with a clash of cymbals;
praise him with loud clanging cymbals.
Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord!
Praise the Lord!
That sounds like a really great worship service!
While you may never feel the pull of the Holy Spirit to step out and dance before the Lord, He sure has created others to fulfill their design in dancing before Him. “Worship that pleases God was never done for the pleasure of people, it was done first and foremost for the pleasure of God,” Henderson writes. “When we dance, whether it be choreographed or un-choreographed, we acknowledge God in the process and seek to please Him above all else. Dance is an artistic expression of an inner truth. So we never forget the heart of worship – that it is a privilege to worship God.”
I love watching people step closer to Jesus through their design. It’s always risky and makes one vulnerable, but what unfolds is an undeniable expression of love, power and devotion to their Savior.
If you’re interested in finding out more about worship & dance at VCC, feel free to send me an email.
Worshipping with you,