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>>"After years of playing cello in the traditional fashion, I have discovered a spiritual application for this wonderful instrument. I have been playing for the past two years in a contemporary ensemble of 8 musicians and 8 vocalists. We play variety of Christian folk music and worship titles. During a set, we will improvise and allow the musicians an unusual freedom to allow the Spirit to flow through our instruments for 10-15 min. (800-2000 in attendance). The result is somewhat humbling. People will come to us and indicate that they have received ministry from the Spirit in the melting away of past emotional hurt and pain. And it seems that it is the distinct sound of the cello in particular is most attributed to this resulting inner healing. As it has been two years in performance now and the comments still come, I thought I would post this for your review and comment.
1. Do you have an opportunity to allow the Lord to use your instrument as a prophetic voice of healing and encouragement?
2. For the Christian cellist: Are you aware of the potential for ministry in this realm?
3. For agnostics or atheists: Consider the possibility of playing in a heavenly orchestra, moved by a loving hand, creating spontaneous music beyond your own musical ability."
I too have participated in similar settings (though not to the extent to which you describe) I agree that the sound of the cello can be used by the Spirit of God to bring a transcendent experience to listeners. Several members of my congregation who are very open to the leading of the Holy Spirit have told me that the sound of the cello has brought them blessings. I believe that I am most free when playing the cello for the purpose of worship as opposed to playing for the sake of performance.
I think that Bach had a grasp of this reality."
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"I saw this hanging in my teacher's room, and I really liked it:
THAT IS WHY I TEACH MUSIC
NOT because I expect you to major in music.
NOT because I expect you to play or sing all your life.
NOT so you can only relax or have fun.
BUT - so you will be human
so you will recognize beauty
so you will be sensitive
so you will be closer to an Infinite beyond this world
so you will have something to cling to
so you will have more love, more compassion, more gentleness,
more good... in short, more life.
Of what value will it be to make a prosperous living unless you know how to live?
THAT IS WHY I TEACH MUSIC"
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