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posted Apr 2, 2011, 8:10 AM by Steven Vaughan
An ancient name for Baptism was “enlightenment,” and in today's second reading most scripture scholars believe St. Paul is quoting part of a 1st century baptismal hymn:

Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead,
and Christ will give you light

                                   ̶  Ephesians 5:14

Prior to this verse, St. Paul equates light with Christ, and that life outside, in the darkness, is both “fruitless” and “shameful”.  Based on this passage of Ephesians 5:8-14, Jesse Schlicher rewrites this “ancient hymn” in his 2008 song Awake.

A singer, songwriter, full-time middle-school math teacher, and part-time music minister at his church in Fort Mill, South Carolina; Jesse Schlicher began playing guitar in high school and writing songs in college.  In his hometown of Springfield, Ohio he served with a community called ONE80; created in an atmosphere where college students and young adults can experience who God is.  He’s traveled to summer camps and youth retreats, and also recorded with worship band MILE5.  Last summer he went to Bangalore, India visiting local Indian and Missionary churches to teach sessions on song writing and worship with Capstone Ministries, an organization dedicated to serving the needy around the world and helping local Christians bring the Gospel to their own people.

This indie songwriter composes for either solo acoustic or electric guitar accompaniment or for full bands, and his genre is considered ambient folk gospel.  He describes the songwriting process as another slowly progressing aspiration in his life.  Musically, he’s learned from U2; Switchfoot; Lifehouse and Coldplay; but for inspiration he listens to Phil Wickham; John Mark McMillan; Matt Papa; Indelible Grace; Jon Foreman; Hillsong United; David Crowder Band; Chris Tomlin; Charlie Hall or Matt Redman.  For more info or to listen to his music, visit www.SLISH.net.
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