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April 16, 2023 message: “With Great Power: Dancing Together”

As Easter people, we are called to dance our dances of freedom for all the world to see – even and perhaps especially in times of great difficulty. Dances of hope. Dances of justice. Dances of love. During this season, post-resurrection stories point to the joy of living in the beloved community and extending that fellowship through our witness as we dare to dance again.

Dancing requires that we pay attention to our dance partners. It requires finding rhythm together. The Sunday after Easter bring the story of Jesus appearing to the disciples and breathing the Holy Spirit on them. Other scripture this week point to the power of being together, of finding fellowship in the presence of Jesus and the presence of the community. What does it take to dance together?

This is the first week in our series, “Dare to Dance Again.” Pastor Mary’s message is based on John 20: 19-31 and I John 1:1-2:2. For both good and bad examples of rhythm, watch “Dance of the Little Swans” from Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” ballet and Elaine Benes’ dancing in the comedy, “Seinfeld.”

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