dance of the trinity - inspired by Matisse

The Trinity is one God, showing love to the world and to eternity in three persons: Creator, Redeemer, and Transformer. This joyous song captures that love.

We had a joyful worship at First United Methodist Church, Middletown on Sunday, which we capped off with a song called “The Trinity Dance” (words for the song below). It is based on “The Lord of the Dance” (tune is “‘Tis a gift to be simple”, a traditional Shaker song). I really enjoyed studying the Trinity these past couple of years. To me, the Trinity is the best way to explain God’s love in eternity and in our lives, and this song, though maybe a bit “nerdy,” captures the joy of God’s love in the Trinity.

I created the lyrics of “The Trinity Dance” for my Trinity class at Hartford Seminary. Two classmates of mine joined me as we danced with hands joined, singing the song; then we invited everyone in the class to join our hands and sing the refrain at the end. We tried more or less the same at the end of the song when we sang this on Sunday, but the room setup didn’t allow for the circle. My sermon for the day focused on “A More Perfect Union” – how God’s love in the Trinity is the model for us bringing God’s peace and justice into the world. You can download the sermon here.

The Trinity Dance

(Lyrics adapted by John Blossom from “Lord of the Dance” by Sydney Carter – Traditional Tune)

I danced in the morning
when the world was begun,
I danced as Creator,
as the Spirit, as the Son,
I came from eternity
and danced in time,
at Bethlehem
your life knew mine.

Refrain:
Dance, then, whomever you may be,
I am the Lord of the Dance, says she,
and I’ll lead you all, wherever you may be,
and I’ll lead you all in the Dance, said he.

I dance as a parent,
and I dance as a child,
I dance as a fellowship,
anointing meek and mild.
I dance without gender but embrace it too,
My substance and my person
is my love for you. Refrain

I danced throughout history
and beyond it, too,
I danced with the prophets,
but I wondered, where were you?
I danced for the fishermen,
who learned my song.
They received my Spirit,
and the dance went on. Refrain

I danced as Lord Jesus,
as I healed the world;
my Son was the servant,
but my Spirit breathed the Word.
I loved you for salvation,
suffered for your worth,
my flesh was your flesh
for your second birth. Refrain

I danced in the scriptures,
Father, Spirit, Son;
people saw me in them,
but they wondered, was I One?.
They thought, and they argued,
but my story’s my own,
I am one Dance,
see me dancing on. Refrain

They cut me down
and I leapt up high;
I am the life
that’ll never, never die;
My Spirit lives in you
so you can live in me.
I am the one God –
come and Dance with me. Refrain

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