November 22, 2017

Trinity 26: Cantata & Sermon of the Week

Cantata BWV 192, “Nun danket alle Gott” (Now Thank We All Our God) Now all thank God with heart, mouth and hands; He does great things for us and all our purposes; He for us from our mother’s womb and childish steps countless great good has done and still continues to do.   • • […]

Trinity 22: Cantata & Sermon of the Week

(Click picture for larger image) • • • For Trinity 22 Today we hear from one of Bach’s “chamber cantatas,” BWV 89 — “Was soll ich aus dir machen, Ephraim?” (How shall I give you up, Ephraim?). These required only about a dozen performers, and may have given Bach space at various times throughout the church […]

Sermon & Cantata of the Week: November 5, 2017 (All Saints)

(Click picture for larger image) • • • For All Saints Sunday Today, we hear a cantata admirably suited for this Sunday, on which many churches commemorate the faithful departed. Bach’s cantata BWV 26, “Ach wie Flüchtig, ach wie nichtig” (Ah, how fleeting, ah, how fading), takes its theme from the Gospel account of Jesus raising […]

Reformation Sunday 2017: Sermon & Cantata of the Week

Reformation Sunday 2017 Sermon & Cantata of the Week On this historic Sunday, I am actually preaching one of Martin Luther’s sermons (edited). I will be preaching the second “Invocavit” sermon, from March 10, 1522. See the history of these sermons below. It comes from a critical time in the Reformation, about a year after […]

19th Sunday after Trinity: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture to see larger image) This article describes the metaphorical world Bach creates in today’s rich solo bass cantata, BWV 56, “Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen” (I will gladly carry the cross)”. Cantata 56 was written for the 19th Sunday after Trinity in 1726 (October 27 that year). The Gospel reading for […]

18th Sunday after Trinity: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) Craig Smith comments on todays cantata, Gott soll allein mein Herze haben (God shall have my heart, BWV 169). After the first two cantata cycles in Leipzig, Bach became discouraged with the level of players and singers at his disposal. More and more frequently he wrote prominent parts in his […]

17th Sunday after Trinity: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) Another wonderful cantata of praise is on today’s menu: BWV 148 – “Bringet dem Herrn Ehre seines Namens” (Bring to the Lord the honor due His name). Bring to the Lord the honor due His name Worship the Lord in holy splendor. (Ps. 29:2) Craig Smith describes the brilliant […]

16th Sunday after Trinity: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) The Gospel text about Jesus raising to life the son of the widow of Nain (Luke 7:11-17) gave J.S. Bach the opportunity to write four cantatas on the theme of welcoming death as the path toward being raised into the presence of the Savior. BWV 95, “Christus, der is […]

15th Sunday after Trinity: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • Shout for joy to God in every land! All the creatures contained in heaven and earth must exalt his glory, and to our God we would now likewise bring an offering since in affliction and distress at all times he has stood by us. • Soprano […]

14th Sunday after Trinity: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • What an abundance of goodness You give me! Yet what shall my conscience give You in return? Lord, I know nothing else to bring, except to sing thanks and praise to You. • Tenor Aria from BWV 17 • As we begin today, just a reminder […]