On October 30th social networking made one giant leap for God as the ‘Hallelujah’ flash mob phenomena began. Some 650 members of various choirs and even some professional opera singers staged a rendition of Handel’s “Messiah” at a Macy’s in Philadelphia. Organized via Facebook, Twitter and other social networking media, the impact was amazing. With over 14 million hits on Youtube, the video went viral like a wildfire, causing other groups to follow suit in shopping malls and food courts across America and Canada. What can we expect next for Christmas from these flash mobs?

BERLIN - NOVEMBER 27: A woman dressed as angel and a men dressed as Santa Clauses attend the annual Santa Claus convention on November 27, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. More than one hundred Santa's gathered for an annual convention in Berlin to prepare for their duties over the forthcoming festive season. The Santa's, who were organized by Berlin's student employment agency, got training what to do when delivering presents to children and were trained in singing Christmas carols. Students of universities in Berlin traditionally earn some extra money over Christmas by stepping in as rental Santa Claus or angel. Around 800 Santa Clauses and angels will visit around 10 000 families in Berlin and the surrounding area during the season. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Flash mobs have been around for a few years following the development of social networks on the Internet. Many in the past have been less than benign, leading to mass crime and even violence in some cases. Some of the earliest involved gathering hundreds of people to congregate suddenly at a particular store or street corner. Often overwhelming store personnel and police. Often, especially in Europe, flash mobs have been orchestrated to protest a particular law, or many of the new austerity measures being imposed by governments.

But other flash mob events that have been staged are geared more towards just plain fun. One in New York’s Grand Central Station had 200 people suddenly ‘freeze’ simultaneously. Another in Sweden had 300 dancers pay tribute to Michael Jackson. Called ‘random acts of culture’, flash mobs can be quite entertaining. Some companies have even begun to incorporate the flash mob technique in advertising and product promotion.

With the holiday season upon us, this latest round of flash mobs have taken on a musical and spiritual tone. At a shopping mall in Michigan, over one hundred people suddenly burst out singing “Silent Night”. The viral-video success on You-Tube of the ‘Hallelujah Chorus” flash mobs is spreading good cheer and glory to God. Just what we need in these dark times.

NEW YORK - MAY 13: Sofia Vergara of ABC'S 'Modern Family' treated New Yorkers to a flash mob performance, a choreographed dance showcasing beautiful hair, to launch a nationwide surprise from SuaveAE ProfessionalsAE hair care, on Military Island, Times Square on May 13, 2010 in New York City. Vergara announced that the first 100,000 people to visit Suave.com will receive a free full-size bottle of shampoo, and Suave will make a $10,000 donation to The Women s Funding Network. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Suave)

NEW YORK - MAY 13: Dancers treated New Yorkers to a flash mob performance, a choreographed dance showcasing beautiful hair, to launch a nationwide surprise from SuaveAE ProfessionalsAE hair care, on Military Island, Times Square on May 13, 2010 in New York City. Vergara announced that the first 100,000 people to visit Suave.com will receive a free full-size bottle of shampoo, and Suave will make a $10,000 donation to The Women s Funding Network. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Suave)

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11: Members of the Make Poverty History campaign perform a musical flash mob at Martin Place on May 11, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. The performance aimed to remind Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to deliver on his pre-election promise to increase aid funding to reduce global poverty ahead of the federal budget announcement tonight. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

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