August 23, 2017

10th Sunday after Trinity: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • Apparently, this time of year is a season in which apocalyptic themes take hold. With this year’s solar eclipse, our minds are focused on these themes as well, and Bach gives us music by which to meditate on the upheavals that shake our universe and cause […]

Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians — Friends in the Gospel (9)

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel Study Nine Note: When passages are quoted at the beginning of new sections, I will be using The Message translation because of its conversational, friendly tone. You can compare this version with others, as well as have access to Gordon Fee’s commentary, at Bible Gateway. ✥ There’s an […]

9th Sunday after Trinity: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • “Bach Cantata BWV 105 is one of his gigantic masterpieces” (Craig Smith). It is also a work that vividly describes the experience of Anfechtungen that was so much a part of Martin Luther’s spiritual experience. Dr. Chris Armstrong described an Anfechtung, a sharp sense of spiritual abandonment and despair Luther often […]

Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians – Friends in the Gospel (8)

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel Study Eight Note: When passages are quoted at the beginning of new sections, I will be using The Message translation because of its conversational, friendly tone. You can compare this version with others, as well as have access to Gordon Fee’s commentary, at Bible Gateway. ✥ Nothing can […]

8th Sunday after Trinity: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • Today, we hear Bach’s inspiring setting of one of the greatest texts in the Hebrew Bible, the opening chorus from Cantata BWV 45, “Es ist dir gesagt, Mensch, was gut ist” It has been told to you, mankind, what is good and what the Lord expects […]

Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians – Friends in the Gospel (7)

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel Study Seven Note: When passages are quoted at the beginning of new sections, I will be using The Message translation because of its conversational, friendly tone. You can compare this version with others, as well as have access to Gordon Fee’s commentary, at Bible Gateway. ✥ Paul then […]

7th Sunday after Trinity: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • One of Bach’s cantatas for Trinity 7, Cantata BWV 187 — “Es wartet alles auf dish” (These all wait upon Thee) — is a celebration of God’s loving care for creation. Making use of texts from the Psalms and the Gospel of Matthew, this work, which one commentator called […]

Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians – Friends in the Gospel (6)

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel Study Six Note: When passages are quoted at the beginning of new sections, I will be using The Message translation because of its conversational, friendly tone. You can compare this version with others, as well as have access to Gordon Fee’s commentary, at Bible Gateway. ✥ There is […]

3rd Sunday after Trinity: Cantata & Pic of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • I’m deeply thrilled about our choice of worship music today. We present three movements from, perhaps, J.S. Bach’s greatest cantata: BWV 21, “Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis” (My heart was deeply troubled). Craig Smith describes this magnificent work and gives its background: Several years into his tenure […]

Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians – Friends in the Gospel (2)

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel Study Two This commentary takes the…view: that the letter as it has come down to us makes sense as a [single] letter, written by Paul, probably from Rome in the early 60s, to his longtime friends and compatriots in the gospel who lived in Philippi, a Roman […]