Posted by Lyndon V Bechtel on Tuesday, May 10, 2011
SADDLEBACK EASTER SERVICE FEATURES FLASH MOB DANCE
the following is excerpted from (Friday Church News Notes, May 6, 2011, www.wayoflife.org firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143) and posted on manifestedbythelight.com on 05/09/2011
- The Easter service at Saddleback Church in California featured a flash mob resurrection dance performed by 150 dancers. The dance was sponsored by Up To Faith and was supported by Saddleback’s Creative Arts Ministry Director, Shawn King. Church members practiced twice a week for five weeks, and the event was video recorded by a team of six cameramen. King said, “I was really surprised about how fun the process was. Small groups did it together, and grandmas and grandchildren. It was a very bonding experience and so, even the process was worth it” (“So Cal Church Enters Worldwide Flash Mob Dance Scene,” AssistNews.net, April 24, 2011). Up to Faith is described as “a group of artists whose goal it is to see and make seen the invisible in the visible, eternity in time, and the heart of man.” Everything is doctrinally vague, allowing for a wide ecumenism. Consider the chorus to “Up to Faith Dance”: “When it’s up to faith, be the difference/ It’s not up to fate, go the distance/ Once upon a time, write the story/ People up to faith, hearts restoring/ What’s the word today, who will lead us/ Living Word today, only Jesus/ Coming back to home, tears to laughter/ Happy ending found here and after.” What’s that mean? It means whatever you want it to mean. The Roman Catholic, the Protestant, the Baptist, even the New Ager can find his own meaning here.