Liturgical Dancing: Music Ministry
Music and singing were a part of the life and worship of Jesus (Matthew 26:30) They were a part of the early church (Acts 16:25). Paul instructed the believers to make singing and music a part of worship (Colossians 3:16; Ephesians 5:19), James confirmed this practice (James 5:13). The rich heritage of Judaic music continued to be a part of the liturgy of the church, with the use of various musical instruments and singing.
When the children of Israel were delivered from Egyptian bondage and crossed over the Red Sea, Miriam the prophetess led them in a song of triumph during which she “took a timbsrel in her hand; and all the women went out with her with timbrels and with dances.” (Exodus 15:20)
The timbrel is one of the most ancient of all musical instruments. Today it is called a tambourine. In the Old Testament, the children of Israel used this instrument in praise of God. Uniquely, the timbrel was most commonly used together with the dance in praise of God. This close association between timbrel and dance can be found in Psalm 150:4 “Praise him with timbrel and dance.”
Today, the church uses tamborines, waves, banners, flags, music and dancing to worship God and to help inspire others in praise. Praise dancers/groups consist of children as young as 2 and up to those in their 70s.