Six years ago you held out your hand to me and ask these five golden words: “May we have this dance?” 

The dance floor spread out before us and it was as if I had been holding my breath waiting for just this dance with you all as partners.

And what a dance it has been.  In my annual report I talked about all of the different types of dance steps that you represent for me from the hokey pokey to the waltz with a bit of pole dancing thrown in for spice.

The children and youth of this congregation have great rhythm in their souls and they dance with abandon.  They easily take to new opportunities and if they don’t know the steps, they improvise.  We could learn a lot from the way they two step through life.  I have spoken often about how amazing they all are and how much I have learned from them.

Today I would like to say thank you to the adults of KUC.  To dance well means having confidence in your partner, to let yourself go and trust that the person in whose arms you are being held will match you step for step.  That has been my experience here.  Each step I have taken, I have taken in perfect time with you.  You have encouraged, supported, cheered and good naturedly danced away these past 5 ½ years.  There have been no missteps, no stepping on toes, no dancing too slowly or too quickly to keep up.  You have been great partners – you have most certainly, along with the children and youth danced away with my heart.

This year marks an anniversary for KUC – a looking back and celebrating – a looking ahead and dreaming.   You have much to be proud of and much to look forward to as well as you step into an unknown future, filled with promise and hope, dreams and possibilities.

The dances of the past may not be as relevant to the dancers of the future, they more often dance in groups or alone and the latest dance craze will have gone viral before you even know what it is called.  You may feel as if your favourite dance moves are irrelevant to them and you may be afraid that you won’t be able to keep up with the fast paced movements of this new generation’s dances.  You aren’t in this alone.  Moving forward, God is still holding out a Divine hand to you, inviting you to move with the spirit, worrying less about whether you know the steps and concentrating more on enjoying the music.  My wish for you as you move forward can be found in a Lee Ann Womack song…”When you get the choice to sit it out or dance…I hope you dance!”