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Why "Miriam's Tambourine"?

Miriam’s Tambourine is a ministry of Memphis Theological Seminary. The writer is Rev. Tiffany Hall McClung, an ordained minister of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the Chaplain at Memphis Theological Seminary (MTS). In answer to the above question, Tiffany writes,

“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 becomes a community gathering spot where we find tools that will bring us and those with whom we serve into worship.”

As chaplain at MTS, Tiffany plans our worship services each week. She is constantly on the look-out for creative ways to lead a congregation in giving their full selves to the worship of God. She enjoys the challenge that serving over 300 students from 33 different religious affiliations brings to worship planning.

While maintaining connection with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Tiffany is currently serving as Transition Pastor for a local Lutheran (ELCA) congregation. Tiffany is also working toward a Doctor of Ministry with a concentration in Theology and Arts. She is a writer, a worship leader, a wife, and mother. She would want you to know that the previous list is in no particular order!

If you would like to hear sermons Tiffany preaches each week on the lectionary texts, visit http://www.buzzsprout.com/4696.