Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Dance

This blog is a ministry of Memphis Theological Seminary. Why "Miriam's Tambourine"? As I reflected on multiple scriptures in an attempt to discern what God may want to do through me and this blog, I found myself thinking about Miriam, that prophet, found in Exodus. In particular, I was drawn to Exodus 15:20-21:

"Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron's sister, took a tambourine and led all the women as they played their tambourines and danced. And Miriam sang this song: 'Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; he has hurled both horse and rider into the sea.'" (New Living Translation)

The Israelites had been through a terrible ordeal and when they found themselves on the other side of it, they were compelled to worship God. Miriam used a tool, a tambourine, in order to draw others into worship. My hope for this space is that it become a community gathering spot where we find tools that will bring us and those with whom we serve into worship.

In the coming weeks you will find liturgies for planning worship around the lectionary readings, original artwork inspired by the lectionary texts, and my own random thoughts about what the scriptures are saying to me. May our planning of worship together feel like a dance before God.