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;
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! – Psalm 150
Just a short post this morning, but I think the message should be exactly right for a damp, wintry Monday morning.
Yesterday, during the “traditional” worship service at WFPC, Jay Joyner changed his children’s message at the last minute, and we ended up with what had to have been a first in “typical” Presbyterian 11:00 worship history.
Long story short: the entire congregation did “The Hokey-Pokey.”
Short story expanded just a little: Surrounding Jericho played a very edgy rock version of The Hokey-Pokey Saturday night ( read “Shout, for the Lord has given us the city!”), and Rebekah referenced it during Sunday’s announcements. Jay, who had been at the concert, noted how the song tied in with Rebekah’s message about “Following Jesus.” So he connected the dots, and talked to the kids about how we can only follow Jesus if we “put our whole self in.”
That’s when he had the entire congregation stand, and somewhere in the vicinity of 300 Presbyterians did The Hokey-Pokey, making an exaggerated point of putting our whole selves in, and – of course – turning ourselves around, and – for extra fun – shaking it all about.
“Put our whole self in, put your whole self out, put your whole self in, and shake it all about. You follow, follow Jesus and your turn yourself around; that’s what it’s all about.”
It’s Monday morning, friends. Let’s “put our whole self in” and follow Jesus this week.
Peace, promise, and abundant blessing – DEREK