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1 Euro-Africa Division Midyear Committee Meeting May 25-27, 2009 Lilianne Doukhan, Ph.D.


3 Ethical Responsibility RELEVANT MUSIC Leitourgia = service on behalf of Music not an entitlement, but a service Who is your congregation (constituencies)? Diversity: generational, ethnic, cultural Congregation owns its worship service* Music FOR and BY the congregation Who makes decisions? Worship Commission

4 Criteria of decision making Personal taste & preferences? Traditions? Customs & conventions? Consider desires of the congregation? Role of music for congregation? Relationship between musician & congregation?

5 Musician/Congregation Relationship: A Two-way Street Listen and Hear* ( PMC ) Obstacles to Communication Elitism Not familiar with styles* (rhythm dpl mod) Tradition Fear of change

6 Communicating about Music Phil 1:9-10 This is my PRAYER* (WDC) That your LOVE* RD may abound more and more in KNOWLEDGE and DEPTH of INSIGHT So that you may be able to DISCERN what is best And may be PURE and BLAMELESS until the day of Christ

7 Relevant Music LOVE & RESPECT Responds to the NEEDS (not desires) of ALL Addresses peoples needs in their language Enables people to respond from their heart

8 Responsibility towards Congregation Edify & strengthen* 1 Co 14:12, 26 Transform* Rom 12:1-2;Col 3:1-2 Do not conform to pattern of world – itching ears – renewal of mind – hearts on things above Do not divide Act 2:42-46 Everyone able to enter into w. experience Do not judge/distressRom 14:13 S tumbling block 1 Cor 10:32 Associations Limits to principleRom 14:16 Do not seek your own good1 Cor 10:33 but the good of many

9 Ellen White on Emotionalism Still others go to the opposite extreme, making religious emotions prominent… Their religion seems to be more of the nature of a stimulus rather than an abiding faith in Christ (Ev502) We have no time now to spend in seeking those things that only please the senses. Close heart searching is needed (Ev510) Excitement is not favorable to growth in grace (SM35-36)

10 Ellen White on Transformation Never bring the truth down to a low level in order to obtain converts, but seek to bring the sinful and corrupted up to the high standard of the law of God Evangelism, 137

11 HOWEVER: Do not allow what you consider good to be spoken of as evil (Rom 14:16; cf. St. Augustin) BUT ALSO: Beware of setting up your personal experience as universal rule

12 Primary Qualities of Church Musician Humility* Transformation of the heart* (Liv room)

13 HUMILITY It is sometimes more difficult to discipline the singers and keep them in working order, than to improve the habits of praying and exhorting. Many want to do things after their own style; they object to consultation, and are impatient under leadership. Well-matured plans are needed in the service of God. Common sense is an excellent thing in the worship of God. T4:71

14 Humility – ctd. It is the will of God that those who engage in his work shall be subject to one another. His worship must be conducted with consistency, unity and sound judgment (T5:270)

15 Transformation of the Heart Music is acceptable to God only when the heart is sanctified and made soft and holy by its facilities (Ev 512) I was shown that the youth must take a higher stand, and make the word of God the man of their counsel and their guide (T1:497)

16 TRANSFORMATION = Key Word Music no longer privilege, but responsibility our music to approach as nearly as possible the harmony of the heavenly choirs (RH 77:44, 30 Oct 1890)

17 Musicians Responsibilities 1. Theological Responsibility Worship values 2. Ethical (communal) Responsibility appreciate and understand: cultural/generational differences – differences in time & place – real value of past & present things

18 Musicians Responsibilities 3. Aesthetic (musical) Responsibility strive for even more excellence & quality – adequate preparation – appropriate choices 4.Personal Responsibility Gods will for us (w. principles) – transformation of heart & mind – expansion of personal preferences

19 Factors for Unity Discernment Love Respect Excellence Personal Relationship with Christ

20 Colossians 3:16 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another And as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs

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