SILVER SPRING, Md. — “There is absolutely no reason to freak out,” opened North American Division Sacred Music Director, Liz Samuels at a press briefing outside her office this morning. She then briefly looked over her shoulder before announcing a “simple two-step addition” to corporate singing of the Adventist classic We Have This Hope at the San Antonio GC Session this summer.
“Think of it as praise chorus actions, except with your feet,” said Samuels who has been tasked with planning nightly song services in San Antonio. Samuels is planning to teach the Alamodome crowd the basic two-step move using the stadium screens.
Samuels and her team have billed the decision as “a giant leap forward for the Seventh-day Adventist Church,” and insist that the two-step is “entirely consistent with the very literal dancing that King David performed before the Lord.”
“How can we sing about a hope that ‘burns within our hearts’ while standing motionless?” Samuels asked stunned church reporters at the briefing. She stressed that the two-step will not only get the circulation flowing for the tens of thousands of GC attendees but that it will “help reinforce the message of the most beloved of Adventist anthems.”
Immediately after the briefing senior General Conference leaders released a statement saying that they had absolutely refused to accept the idea of the two-step until Samuels likened it to “a simple Pathfinder marching step to the left and then another one back to the right.” After much debate, the innovation had been tentatively accepted for testing at the GC Session providing “hands are not raised and zero clapping is involved.”