Looking at People’s Souls

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Our coffee filter friends, Fred, on the left, and Jeff, on the right. Both were illustrated by the fabulous Andres Bravo :)

Lead by Heather, on 9/14 we started off the semester by looking at how we view people’s souls. We tend to view people as through filters like “Christian” or “Non-Christian”, and often we base these judgements on a person’s outward behavior, such as our friends Fred and Jeff, pictured above. Looking into them, however, we found that they were both filled with coffee grounds, a metaphor for a soul that did not know Christ. Sometimes the outward happiness of a person can distract us from their needs. Knowing that the Lord deals with us as unfinished works of art, what would it be like if we treated everyone like they didn’t know Christ, and made it our business to be Christ-like to that person whether or not they seemed to need of it? Often when dealing with someone like Fred, it is difficult to approach them with compassion, but we are to pray for our enemies and treat them with all the kindness they would allow us to- every time.

John 4:7-21

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Fall 2014 Schedule

Weekly Bible Study in Room 216 at 7:30 each Sunday
Each week we lead a practical and insightful discussion/Bible Study together that are designed with musicians in mind, SOM majors or not! All are welcome!

FCM Recital on October 26th, at 7:30 in the Recital Hall
This semester FCM is hosting its first recital! The program will feature personal selections by both students and faculty. Both student and faculty credit are offered.

Night of Worship on November 30th at 7:30
This Sunday will be a relaxed night of collaborative and perhaps even improvisatory worship. Everyone is encouraged to bring their instruments and even their dinner if they would like.

Mock Juries TBA
Held right before juries, the FCM Mock Jury is an opportunity for students to practice performing their solo material for a panel consisting of the FCM officers and anyone the student might request to attend. Students must provide their own accompanist. A sign-up sheet will be made available.

FCM Caroling and Christmas Party TBA
Join us as we end the semester with Caroling and the FCM Christmas Party!

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New Calendar

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Below is a schedule for every FCM event and meeting from January 19th to spring break. We’re looking forward to a great semester at SHSU!

Date

Time

Location

Meeting/Event

Sun,   Jan 19th

6   pm

SoM   Atrium

Prayer   Walk

Sun,   Jan 26th

6 pm

Room 216

Performer’s   Playbook:

Teachability

Sun,   Feb 2nd

6   pm

Room   216

Performer’s   Playbook:

Fear and Stagefright

Sun,   Feb 9th

6 pm

Room 216

Performer’s   Playbook:
Pride and Humility

Sun,   Feb 16th

6   pm

Room   216

Performer’s   Playbook:

Discipline

Sun,   Feb 16th

7 pm

Room 216

Post   the Kindness Preparation

Mon,   Feb 17th

6:30   am

Practice   Rooms

Post   the Kindness Event

Sun,   Feb 23rd

6 pm

Room 216

Performer’s   Playbook:

Living   for Praise

Sun,   Mar 2nd

4   pm

Old   Main Pit

Picnic   & Performer’s Playbook:

Identity Theft

FCM Meeting 11.3.13: Grace for the Perfectionist

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Perfectionism is easier than being who we are:  imperfect beings.  Perfectionism says, “I can control everything and make it perfect to my standards.  I can cover up my faults and appear successful.”  However, it is harder to admit that we are imperfect and to accept God’s grace.  We lose the ability to control and become vulnerable.  However, this vulnerability is something very beautiful because it shows other people that we are not afraid of our failures.  It reveals who we really are, people that are imperfect but being molded slowly into the image of Christ.  This vulnerability is scary, but it truly allows us to connect with people and not put up a façade.  Additionally, realizing that we and everyone else are imperfect helps us share the grace that Christ has given us to other people.

In music, this means being vulnerable for our audiences and knowing that, while we work hard for excellence, it is okay to be imperfect and make mistakes.  By replacing our perfectionistic standards with God’s grace, we can give our music as a gift to the audience instead of an art that is focused on ourselves.

Imperfection is beautiful because if we were perfect, we would have no need for the redemption of Christ.  True, we would still be in the Garden of Eden.  However, we would not have experienced the greatest love story of all time.

I will hold myself to a standard of grace, not perfection.

FCM Meeting 10.20.13 : A Divine Call to the Arts

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A Divine Call to the Arts

Exodus 31:1-11

Then the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills—to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts. 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: the tent of meeting, the ark of the covenant law with the atonement cover on it, and all the other furnishings of the tent—the table and its articles, the pure gold lampstand and all its accessories, the altar of incense, the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, the basin with its stand—and also the woven garments, both the sacred garments for Aaron the priest and the garments for his sons when they serve as priests, and the anointing oil and fragrant incense for the Holy Place. They are to make them just as I commanded you.

What does it mean to have been appointed?

Was Oholiab chosen for or made into a craftsman, or both?

·         The craftsman was given a skill, meaning that he didn’t do anything to deserve it. It’s important to note that this was a gift not a duty or a burden, so it was given with the receiver in mind. We were given our passion, and it was not outside the realm of our natural inclinations. It wasn’t just tossed our way, but given to us, reinforcing God’s relationship with us. Acknowledging the relationship allows us to move away from the paradigm that God is more of a tyrannical father figure to one in which he wants to help us, and supports us.

·              What guided you to your music? Was it inevitable? To what extent did each of us “choose” our art?

·         Who directs us? Is it just our teachers, or was it just our parents? To what extent are we self-guided in our music by our own intuition or otherwise. It’s important to give credit to God in all that we do, for he has filled us with the Spirit.

John 16:13-15

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.

1 Corinthians 2:9-13

However, as it is written:

“What no eye has seen,

    what no ear has heard,

and what no human mind has conceived”—

    the things God has prepared for those who love him—

these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.

The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.

·         To have been given ability and to have been filled with this spirit allows us to act as God’s tools. In performance, we may strive to generate a sense of “ek-stasis” (ecstasy)  meaning that we want the audience to be moved from where they are, thinking and operating  on an earthly plane, to thinking and operating on a spiritual plane, if only for a little while.

·         Knowing that we are not to be hidden in our worship (Exodus 20:26), and that our sound will reflect the spirit as it is in our hearts helps us acknowledge that through our art we are giving the audience a gift, and thereby acting as a mirror, facing both to the heavens and out to the audience.

·         We work beyond self-expression. We were given a gift to give again.

New Meetings!

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These sessions are going to be a little different from before: they’re going to to be focused topics regarding things that can really help us grow as musicians, teachers and performers. Future topics include:

Grace for the Perfectionist

Fear and Stage fright

Teachability

Spiritual Dissonance

Rest for the Weary

and more!