A woman worshiped with flags and danced in an open street in a Canadian town. The woman, Claire Shieh, hopes to bring peace to the tension of pandemic by inviting the Presence of God through her worship.
Called to Flag, is a ministry in Canada that aims to equip the Body of Christ with techniques and teachings of praise for worshiping with flags. Claire and her husband, David, founded the ministry with the heart to serve and see people restore their identity in God. And just last Sunday, they took their flags and boldly worship at the heart of downtown Banff.
Woman worships with flags
“Everyone in the downtown core is required to wear a mask. I can feel the tension from the moment I checked into our hotel. The first time we walked around the downtown core I can feel the tangible love of God for all the people there,” she said.
“On the next evening, I decided to bring a set of swing flags and dance in the open street. There were positive reactions everywhere,” Claire recalled. “We had a family burst out in joy & cheering for me. A baby crawled to me to watch me. We had a tween girl shout for me and say, “You should be on Tiktok!!!”
But what Claire really wants is for everyone to encounter the love of God. She added, “There are so many “rules and regulations” in this time BUT we can still have joy & peace in our spirit. Spread it around! We are not the thermometer in a situation. We are the thermostat of what is happening all around us. Go and worship outdoors!”
In the video, she danced to Hillsong’s Wake. But during the actual dance, there was no music background. She noted, “We set up as the Spirit leads. We find that we have more people come up and ask us what we are doing when do not use music. People can hear us in the spirit when we flag, our motions & movements will speak to them. The most curious ones will come & talk to us. Great way to evangelize a willing person.”