Monday, June 2, 2008

Seating Assignments

We have many options with visual symbolism in the worship arts. We must reconsider calling ministry visual enhancements "props" and let the Lord open us up to a whole new dimension of worship. Our ministry pieces can come alive and gain depth of understanding from the congregation's perspective when we are able to do more than just pretend to accomplish a thing in movement with imaginary items.

A visual tool that is often used in movement is the chair. Folding chairs are transportable and lightweight, and can be embellished with chair covers or decor for a more regal appearance. Chairs or stools can be used for sitting, offering a seat to someone else, or for diversity in levels of the dance. In pageantry, the use of a throne or ornate chair can inspire a sense of awe and worship unto the Lord. These furnishings are often less mobile and more challenging to move from place to place.

Furniture can be used creatively as choreographic partners in ministry. It is important to exercise saftey, practice often, and get a good grasp of the Biblical foundation for the use of the seat in motion. Simply using visual ministry enhancements for the sake of using them is not worship in truth. Let us continue to get an understanding concerning all that we do so that we are precise messengers of the Word.

Job 36:7 (NKJV)
He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous; But they are on the throne with kings, for He has seated them forever, and they are exalted.

Psalm 47:8 (NKJV)
God reigns over the nations; God sits on His holy throne.

Psalm 139:2 (NKJV)
You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off.

Daniel 7:9 (NKJV)
[Vision of the Ancient of Days] “I watched till thrones were put in place, and the Ancient of Days was seated; His garment was white as snow, and the hair of His head was like pure wool. His throne was a fiery flame, Its wheels a burning fire;

2 Corinthians 5:10 (NKJV)
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

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