Does Your Worship Have This Kind of Joy?

This got posted to the web about three days ago. It’s gone from about a thousand hits last night to 30,000 this morning.

My strong hunch is that, by the end of the week, it’ll be in the millions.

Apparently posted by Jill Peterson and Kevin Kheinz, and apparently from their actual wedding processional.

Check it out:

(If you can’t see the player, click here.)

I was talking with Vicki on Facebook (after I originally posted this over there) and she had the same reaction I did: tears of joy.

What fun. What sheer joy.

A couple of thoughts.

First, I want to officiate at THAT wedding!! Anybody who takes the time to think up, and choreograph, that kind of entrance has to be a group of fun people.

Secondly, should there be anybody thinking it was distasteful or inappropriate (I know how people are), let me ask you this….

How have we moved so far away from the idea that worship should have this kind of joy, celebration, and embodiment? Aren’t we supposed to give our whole selves to God, not just our brains?

Does YOUR worship have that kind of joy?

If not, why not?


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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of The Woods United Methodist Church in Grand Prairie, Texas. For seventeen years, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas, Texas. Eric is an avid blogger and published author. Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy.

One thought on “Does Your Worship Have This Kind of Joy?

  1. An update…As of this evening, the video now has 466,000 hits. Wow….It had only about a thousand when I first saw it last night. Amazing.I'll keep you posted as this unfolds. I feel certain it'll be in the millions by tomorrow.

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