You are invited to participate in Dancing our Prayers, an embodied way of prayer, in the fellowship hall on May 9, 7:00-8:00 pm.
Dancing holds a place in the Christian tradition, from David dancing before the Ark of the Lord, to the joyful hand-clapping, body-swaying singing in African American churches, to liturgical dance which is part of worship for some congregations, to the free dancing which is part of worship in the charismatic world. Dancing has long been a way of prayer, a way of expressing to God all our emotions; longing, hope, praise, fear, anger, trust, guilt, joy, gratitude.
Movement therapies for many years have known that our bodies hold many of our emotional responses and that physical movement helps the emotion (notice the word motion in emotion!) to shift in helpful ways. Dancing is a wonderful way to experience this reality, as movement to music is a way to participate in the interplay of rhythm and melody and harmony, so akin the interplay of aspects of human experience.
For the past couple of years, I have been playing with dancing as a prayer form and would love to share this experience with others. You are invited to consider joining me in this way of prayer!
In Dancing our Prayers, there is a lit candle in the room as a symbol of the reality of Christ’s Presence with and among us. There will be an introduction to the theme and flow of the dances and then we will express our prayers to God with dance. Each person is free to move in whatever way they choose. For some, sitting in a chair and gently moving hands or arms is their dance. For others, a more active flow of movement is enjoyed. “Dance” is as broadly or as narrowly defined as anyone needs it to be! The atmosphere is reverent and each person’s space is respected.
Join us on May 9, from 7:00 -8:00, at College Community Church MB, in the fellowship hall (the old sanctuary). Please feel free to call with any questions!