Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Week of: September 10, 2017
Scripture: Psalm 149
Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the faithful. ... Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre.
(Psalm 149:1, 3, NRSV)
Psalm 149 is one of the many psalms reminding us of the importance of the arts in worship. God desires our worship and we are privileged to lead others closer to God through our gifts and talents.
Many times, in our Fellowship worship gatherings at biennial convocations and our annual Music & Worship Arts Week at Lake Junaluska, the dancing takes my breath away. Since I am the least accomplished in this area of worship arts, it is especially heartwarming for me. The multi-generational body at Lake Junaluska is particularly captivating as we experience the beauty of music and dance in a space that has been adorned with remarkable visuals. For now, the worship celebrations in these settings are the best glimpse we have into what heavenly worship will be in eternity. How fortunate we are as the body of Christ to gather for worship.
- Leading your ensembles in a prayer that involves a simple movement at the close of your rehearsals.
- Challenging your ensembles to share the sign language for praise and/or music every time you say/sing those words in a rehearsal or meeting.
Creating God, we praise you for the gifts you have given us. As we share them with others, please bless our efforts as worship leaders, so that we may create a foretaste of the eternal celebrations we will have someday in heaven. Amen.
Director of Music Ministry
First United Methodist Church
Photo: Members of the dance ensemble perform during a program at Music & Worship Arts Week 2017, held at Lake Junaluska, NC.