Daily Worship

Sweeping over the void – to release creativity

June 17, 2017 1

Exodus 31:1-11

Bezalel and Oholiab

31 Then the Lord said to Moses, 2 “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— 4 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, 5 to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts. 6 Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given ability to all the skilled workers to make everything I have commanded you: 7 the tent of meeting, the ark of the covenant law with the atonement cover on it, and all the other furnishings of the tent— 8 the table and its articles, the pure gold lampstandand all its accessories, the altar of incense, 9 the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, the basin with its stand— 10 and also the woven garments, both the sacred garments for Aaron the priest and the garments for his sons when they serve as priests, 11 and the anointing oil and fragrant incense for the Holy Place. They are to make them just as I commanded you.”

God of infinite imagination,

As you inspired artists to create the Tabernacle

As a place of beauty,

Release among your people

The creative gifts

That inspire Your people to worship

You in the beauty of holiness.


Spirit of God,

Fall fresh upon your people,

To raise up prophetic poets

And heart-stirring musicians;

To put hands to work

In artistry and crafts;

To harness technologies of image and sound

That draw hearts into the beauty of our God.


Come, Holy Spirit,

And give life-giving words to your preachers;

Save us from the dulling boredom

of the obvious and superficial.

Lead us all deeper into the mystery of Christ

Where we want to linger longer

In the beauty of his presence. Amen.