Dance then, wherever you may be, I am the Lord of the dance,

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Dance then, wherever you may be, I am the Lord of the dance,” said He.

Jesus, being Jewish, danced ~ it was part of his culture. Since He is Lord of all Jesus is Lord of the dance.

In Jewish culture, along with making music, dancing is one of the ways to praise God’s name. (Psalm 149:3, 150:4). From the Jewish perspective, you stop dancing when joy has gone from your hearts (Lamentations 5:15). God is the one who can turn our mourning into joy and dancing (Psalm 30:11).

Our theme at KindlingsFest 2011 (July 27-30) is “Mourning into Dancing” and yesterday @ Orcas Island Community Church we ended the service with “Lord of the Dance.” It started with a flute, violin and mandolin, then Grant joined in on guitar and singing, then I sang with Grant and all the musicians and then I danced down the aisle of the church and invited people to join us aisle by aisle.

It was magic! Especially when Len and Glenna Richards got up and started dancing in the aisle. I’m sure a few folks were fearful that we were taking a wild turn into the unknown, but I got this email from a woman in the church when I got home¢â‚¬¦” I actually had fun at church today; hope that’s ok?”

Lord of the Dance*

I dance in the moon and the stars and the sun,
I came down from Heaven and I danced on earth,
At Bethlehem I had my birth.

“Dance then, wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the dance,” said he,
“And I’ll lead you all wherever you may be,
And I’ll lead you all in the dance,” said he.

I danced for the scribe and the Pharisee,
They would not dance, they wouldn’t follow me.
So I danced for the fishermen,
James and John came with me and the dance went on.

“Dance then, wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the dance,” said he,
“And I’ll lead you all wherever you may be,
And I’ll lead you all in the dance,” said he.

I danced on the Sabbath and I cured the lame,
The Holy people said it was a shame.
They whipped and they stripped and they hung me high,
Left me there on a cross to die.

“Dance then, wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the dance,” said he,
“And I’ll lead you all wherever you may be,
And I’ll lead you all in the dance,” said he.

I danced on a Friday when the sky turned black,
It’s hard who dance with the devil on your back.
They buried my body, they thought I’d gone,
But I am the dance, and I still go on.

“Dance then, wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the dance,” said he,
“And I’ll lead you all wherever you may be,
And I’ll lead you all in the dance,” said he.

They cut me down, but I lept up high.
“I am the life that’ll never never die
And I’ll live in you if you’ll live in me.
I am the Lord of the dance,” said he.

“Dance then, wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the dance,” said he,
“And I’ll lead you all wherever you may be,
And I’ll lead you all in the dance,” said he.

* Lord of the Dance is a hymn with words written by English songwriter Sydney Carter in 1967. He adapted the tune from the famous American Shaker dance song “Simple Gifts”. The hymn is widely performed in the United Kingdom and the United States, and is often mistakenly thought to be a much older traditional hymn. On one occasion its author was informed it had been written in medieval times. It follows the idea of a traditional English carol, “Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day” which tells the gospel story in the first person voice of Jesus of Nazareth.

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