ADIEU OOTLE 17? or CONTINUATION!
I can never forget the very first day, opening my twitter account for the first time in my life. It is now so easy, but I had trouble understanding at the time. My oldest daughter, 8th grade, asked that,”Mom, are you really living in the 21st century?”
21st century. We live in a world where everything changes in an unprecedented way. Then, how do the many ancient stories and themes of the Old Testament affect our present life? On the contrary, how should we understand the vital points of life and stories of the people of Hebrew Bible and apply it to our lives today? During this spring semester, I was able to find out the answer little by little by learning the weekly lectures doing assignment, even though the study of each week was really overwhelming and challenging to me.
What is the next step for me? As a music minister, not a pastor or education director at a church, how could I apply or share with the valuable lessons from this course to the church members? To be honest with you, it is not easy to make great plans. However, I will try to come up with some ideas in light of my reflections. The following is my tentative plan:
Future Projects and Plans
- Review: During the semester, there were many tasks to be done, so I was almost always busy catching up each class. So I would like to spend more time reinforcing my study of the Old Testament by listening again of Dr. Lester’s lectures and reading again some parts that I need more time to ponder.
- Critical analysis: bid ideas and essential questions : During the summer, I also would like to spend more time in thinking and finding the answers relating to several main questions that Dr. Lester provided for us. I strongly believe doing assignments were enabled us to enhance the abilities of critical analysis. Moreover, this leads me to grow my critical perspective to raise several questions like these: How to grasp the main idea of each story and analyze it? What is analogical interpretation of Hebrew Bible by the socio-economical/historical understanding? What is the effect of the interpretation of Old Testament on modern archaeological evidence? Finally, how we do we apply those knowledge and insights into to our current lives? If someone asks you how to cope with these present social issues as a Christian, what answer will you give them based on the lessons from Hebrew Bible?
For example, the some stories of Old Testament, such as Abraham and David, provides familiarity, which easily makes me skim through. It was as if a performer played a piece without studying on the composer, the historical background and the analysis of the score. While doing each assignment, I was so excited to discover how the illustrations from Israel peoples’ life were related to our current religious matters and present issues. For instance, through the books of letter prophets, I can find many commonalities of the main issues of current religious leaders and social problems. For instance, today, the spiritual complacency and social injustice would be good examples. In addition, the study of treaty/ covenant the ancient near east helped me to grasp more concrete understanding the covenant between God and Israel. These are knowledge that that I hope to share with my church members. Furthermore, I would like to lay out the guide line, which will help them grow their insights on the stories of Hebrew Bible.
- How to practically approach and apply in my music ministry?
It is really difficult step because I am not a preacher. However, I hope to follow my musical role model. During high school years, I was an accompanist of youth choir led by a great choir director. He pushed me, including all choir members, to join bible study regularly in order to get to know the meaning of God’s word more clearly. I never forget his marks, “through our anthems and songs, we proclaim God’s Word to your friends, so it is no wonder that we should continue to reading and studying bible.” In order to follow my role model, based on the syllabus of ootle 17, I will like make my own syllabus, starting with ‘Lament Psalms’ because there are tons of anthems relating to Psalms. I will review and use Dr. Lester’s lectures and Barry Bandstra’s online text due to their clear and well organized description. Let’s arrange and lead the bible study for my future choir members!
- Find and Build my own repertories for anthem or instrument repertoire for example of several topic: Someday, I will plan and give some lecture -concert based on several themes of Hebrew Bible, the concert will be presented for both congregations and local communities in order to simultaneously immerse in the spiritual and musical abundance.
Lament of Psalms: Your unfailing love (music by Dan &Heide Goeller): SATB anthem http://dangoellermusic.com/shop/choral-2/satb-anthems/your-unfailing-love-satb-anthem/
Organ Sonata on the Psalm 94th by Julius Reubke (1834-1858)
Job: “Job for the Organ” by Petr Eben (1929-2007), came to my mind: It was composed of 8 movements (performing: c. 55 minutes) I would like to have an organ concert with explanation or narratives on based on what I have learned from the class. Ex; God’s reward: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjj9ZzUS-hc
Daniel and Apocalytic: Daniel in the Lion Den (composed Coldwell, by Paul & Sean Ivory): SATB (bass divisi ) and soporano
Responses to Exile: An Wasserflüssen Babylon (By the waters of Babylon) by J.S. Bach https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzUDhoYxuI8
Law: J.S. Bach’Clavier-Űbung III, Ten Commandments BWV678. 679.
- How do you plan to retain involvement with those participants who might make up part of your Personal Learning Network
Through the online communication, such as blog and tweeter, I would like to continue to share with current concerns / solutions on both our own theological developments and issues or even anything in personal concerns
Finally, I would like greatly appreciate Dr. Lester’s great lectures and Sun-Ah’s wonderful assistance, which led me to expand my insights and knowledge on the life and faith from the ancient Isralities in Hebrew Bible. In addition, even though I did not have a chance to meet all classmates in person, I am very grateful for their genial comments, encouragements and compliments on every my writings. In return, I would like to show my warm encouragement and support to their ministry and their faith journey as musch as possible.