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9/15/2019

Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 184

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It is the fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost. Today’s Bach cantata is “Erwünschtes Freudenlicht” (Desired light of joy).

Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 15:1-10:

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

The Parable of the Lost Coin

“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

The text of today’s piece is available here. It contains these words:

Desired light of joy,
which dawns with the new covenant
through Jesus our Shepherd!
We, who previously wandered in the valleys of death,
now richly experience
how God has sent to us the long-desired Shepherd,
who feeds our souls
and turns our heading through word and spirit
onto the right path.
We, His chosen people, feel His power;
in His hand alone is what provides our nourishment,
what powerfully strengthens our hearts.
He loves us, His flock,
who recognize His comfort and companionship.
He leads them away from vanities, from the earth,
to look upon Him
and to trust in His favor for all times.
O Shepherd, so to give Yourself for Your flock,
who loves them even to the grave and death!

Happy listening! Soli Deo gloria.

UPDATE: I initially gave the wrong Gospel reading: John 3:13-17, which was the reading for yesterday and not today. My apologies.

[Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.]

9/8/2019

Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 8

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It is the thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost. Today’s Bach cantata is “Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben?” (Dearest God, when will I die?)

Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 14:25-33:

The Cost of Being a Disciple

Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’

“Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.

The text of today’s piece is available here. It contains these words:

Dearest God, when will I die?
My time runs away continually,
and the old legacy of Adam,
which includes me as well,
has this as its inheritance;
for a little time
to be poor and wretched on the earth
and then to become earth itself.

. . . .

But hence, you foolish, useless worries!
My Jesus calls me: who wouldn’t go?
Nothing that delights me
belongs to the world.
Dawn on me, blessed, joyful morning,
transfigured and glorious, standing before Jesus.

Happy listening! Soli Deo gloria.

[Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.]

9/1/2019

Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 47

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It is the twelfth Sunday after Pentecost. Today’s Bach cantata is “Wer sich selbst erhöhet, der soll erniedriget werden” (Whoever exalts himself, will be abased). This recording is from a live performance:

Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 14:1, 7-14:

Jesus at a Pharisee’s House

One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched. There in front of him was a man suffering from abnormal swelling of his body. Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?” But they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him on his way.

Then he asked them, “If one of you has a child or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull it out?” And they had nothing to say.

When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

The text of today’s piece is available here. It contains these words:

Whoever exalts himself, will be abased, and whoever abases himself will be exalted.

Who wishes to be called a true Christian
must diligently practice humility;
Humility originates from Jesus’ kingdom.
Arrogance is like the devil;
God teaches everyone to hate it,
so that pride does not prevail.

Happy listening! Soli Deo gloria.

[Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.]

8/25/2019

Sunday Music: Bach and Telemann Motet BWV Anh. 160

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It is the eleventh Sunday after Pentecost. Today’s piece is a motet and something of a pastiche: “Jauchzet dem Herrn, alle Welt” (Shout and cheer, shout and cheer for the Lord, all the world).

Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 13:10-17:

Jesus Heals a Crippled Woman on the Sabbath

On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.

Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue leader said to the people, “There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.”

The Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?”

When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.

The text of today’s piece is available here. It contains these words:

Shout and cheer, shout and cheer for the Lord, all the world,
Serve the Lord with joy!

A word about the motet. Its provenance is debated, with the “Anh.” (“Anhang” or “Appendix”) indicating that the work is not considered to have been composed (at least entirely) by him. It appears that the first movement was the work of Telemann, adapted by Bach. The second movement is thought to derive from Bach and the third from Telemann. Think of it as a collaboration between two great composers — like when Paul Rodgers and Jimmy Page got together to form The Firm. Or something.

Since we’re already expanding the field to include Telemann, why don’t we throw in some Mendelssohn as well: his motet of the same name:

I think Mendelssohn is one of the great underrated composers of all times.

Happy listening! Soli Deo gloria.

[Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.]

8/18/2019

Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 104

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It is the tenth Sunday after Pentecost. Today’s Bach cantata is “Du Hirte Israel, höre” (You Shepherd of Israel, hear).

Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 12:49-56:

Not Peace but Division

“I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to undergo, and what constraint I am under until it is completed! Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

Interpreting the Times

He said to the crowd: “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘It’s going to rain,’ and it does. And when the south wind blows, you say, ‘It’s going to be hot,’ and it is. Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time?

The text of today’s piece is available here. It contains these words:

You Shepherd of Israel, hear,
You who watch over Joseph like a sheep, appear,
You who sit above the Cherubim.

The Highest Shepherd watches over me,
what use are my worries?
Indeed every morning
is the Shepherd’s goodness renewed.
My heart, take hold of yourself,
God is faithful.

Happy listening! Soli Deo gloria.

[Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.]

8/11/2019

Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 115

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It is the ninth Sunday after Pentecost. Today’s Bach cantata is “Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit” (Make yourself ready, my spirit)

Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 12:32-40:

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Watchfulness

“Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

The text of today’s piece is available here. It contains these words:

Make yourself ready, my spirit,
be vigilant, plead, and pray,
that the evil time does not
come upon you unexpectedly;
for it is
Satan’s guile
to overcome many righteous people
with temptation.

Happy listening! Soli Deo gloria.

[Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.]

8/4/2019

Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 94

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It is the eighth Sunday after Pentecost. Today’s Bach cantata is “Was frag ich nach der Welt” (What should I ask of the world):

Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 12:13-21:

The Parable of the Rich Fool

Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

“Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

“This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

The text of today’s piece is available here. It contains these words:

What should I ask of the world
and all its treasures
when only in You,
My Jesus, can I find delight!
You alone have I placed
before me for pleasure:
You, You are my rest;
what should I ask of the world!

The world is like smoke and shadows
that quickly dissipate and disappear,
since they last only a short time.

. . . .

A proud man builds the most opulent palaces,
he seeks the highest post of honor,
he dresses himself with the best
in purple, gold, in silver, silk and velvet.
His name shall resound before everyone
in every part of the world.
His tower of arrogance
shall press upward through the air to the clouds,
he is occupied only with the highest matters
and never thinks once
how quickly all these pass away.

Happy listening! Soli Deo gloria.

[Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.]

7/28/2019

Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 86

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It is the seventh Sunday after Pentecost. Today’s Bach cantata is “Wahrlich, wahrlich, ich sage euch” (Truly, truly I say to you)

Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 11:1-13:

Jesus’ Teaching on Prayer

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

He said to them, “When you pray, say:

“‘Father,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.
And lead us not into temptation.’”

Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

The text of today’s piece is available here. It contains these words:

Truly, truly I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in My name, so will it be given to you.

Happy listening! Soli Deo gloria.

[Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.]

7/21/2019

Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 3

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It is the sixth Sunday after Pentecost. Today’s Bach cantata is “Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid” (Oh God, how much heartache).

Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 10:38-42:

At the Home of Martha and Mary

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

The text of today’s piece is available here. It contains these words:

Ah, God, how much heartache
do I encounter at this time!
The narrow path is full of trouble
that I shall follow to heaven.

How difficult it is for flesh and blood,
that deals only with earthly and vain things,
and heeds neither God nor Heaven,
to strive for the eternal Good!
Since You, O Jesus, are now my all,
and yet my flesh is so recalcitrant,
where then shall I turn?
The flesh is weak, although the spirit is willing;
so help me, You who know my heart.
My mind stands with You, O Jesus.

Happy listening! Soli Deo gloria.

[Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.]

7/14/2019

Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 164

Filed under: Bach Cantatas,General,Music — Patterico @ 9:25 am



It is the fifth Sunday after Pentecost. Today’s Bach cantata is “Ihr, die ihr euch von Christo nennet” (You, who call yourselves of Christ).

Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 10:25-37:

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

The text of today’s piece is available here. It contains these words, which call to mind the story of the Samaritan:

You, who call yourselves of Christ,
where is your mercy,
by which one recognizes Christ’s members?
It is, alas, all too far from you.
Your hearts should be rich with love,
yet they are harder than a stone.

We hear, indeed, what Love itself says:
Whoever embraces his neighbor with mercy,
shall receive mercy
as his judgment.
However, we heed this not at all!
Still our neighbor’s sighs can be heard!
He knocks at our heart; it is not opened!
We observe him, indeed, wringing his hands,
his eyes, flowing with tears;
yet our heart resists the urge to love.
The priest and Levite,
that walk to one side,
are truly a picture of loveless Christians;
they behave as if they knew nothing of another’s
misery,
they pour neither oil nor wine
upon their neighbors wounds.

Only through love and through mercy
will we become like God himself.
Hearts like the Samaritan’s
are moved to pain by another’s suffering
and are rich in compassion.

Happy listening! Soli Deo gloria.

[Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.]

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