Patterico's Pontifications

9/20/2020

Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 144

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It is the sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost. Today’s Bach cantata is “Nimm, was dein ist, und gehe hin” (Take what is yours and go away):

Today’s Gospel reading is Matthew 20:1-16:

The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.

“About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went.

“He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’

“‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.

“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’

“When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’

“The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. 10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’

“But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’

“So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

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

Take what is yours and go away.

Do not grumble,
dear Christian,
when something you didn’t wish for happens;
rather be at peace with it,
with what your God has determined for you;
He knows what is good for you.

. . . .

Where contentment rules
and holds the tiller everywhere,
there a person is satisfied
with that which God brings about.
On the other hand, where discontent speaks its mind,
there grief and trouble appear,
one’s heart will not
content itself,
and this is not kept in mind:
what God does is well done.

. . . .

What my God wills always occurs,
His will is the best,
He is ready to help those
who believe firmly in Him.
He gives aid in need, this righteous God,
and punishes with measure.
Who trusts in God, relies upon Him firmly,
God will never abandon.

Happy listening! Soli Deo gloria.

9/13/2020

Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 89

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It is the fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost. Today’s Bach cantata is “Was soll ich aus dir machen, Ephraim” (What shall I make of you, Ephraim):

Today’s Gospel reading is Matthew 18:21-35:

The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”

Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

“Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

“At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.

“But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.

“His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’

“But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.

“Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

“This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

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

Indeed, God should freely
speak a work in judgment
and revenge the mockery of His name
at the hands of His enemies.
The reckoning of your sins is uncountable,
and even if God has patience,
yet your inimical will spurns
the offered goodness
and forces the guilt onto your neighbor;
therefore vengeance must be ignited.

A merciless judgment
will certainly be pronounced over you.
Vengeance begins with those
who do not show mercy,
and like Sodom, they are totally annihilated.

Well then! My heart lays anger, quarreling and discord aside;
it is ready to forgive my neighbor.
However, how terrified is my sinful life,
since I am full of guilt before God!
Yet Jesus’ blood
accounts for the reckoning,
if I turn to Him, as the source of the law,
in faith.

Happy listening! Soli Deo gloria.

9/6/2020

Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 177

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It is the fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost. Today’s Bach cantata is “Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ” (I call to You, Lord Jesus Christ):

Today’s Gospel reading is Matthew 18:15-20:

Dealing With Sin in the Church

“If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.

“Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

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

I call to You, Lord Jesus Christ,
I beg You, hear my cries,
grant me mercy at this time,
do not let me despair;
the true faith, Lord, I mean
that You would give me,
to live for You,
to be of use to my neighbor,
to keep Your word faithfully.

. . . .

Grant, that from the bottom of my heart
I might forgive my enemies,
pardon me also at this time,
give me a new life;
may Your word always be my food,
to nourish my soul,
to protect me,
when misfortune approaches,
that might quickly turn me aside.

Happy listening! Soli Deo gloria.

8/30/2020

Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 22

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It is the thirteeth Sunday after Pentecost. Today’s Bach cantata is “Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwölfe” (Jesus gathered the twelve to Himself):

Today’s Gospel reading is Matthew 16:21-28:

Jesus Predicts His Death

From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.

Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”

Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.

“Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

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

Jesus gathered the twelve to Himself and spoke:

– Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all will be fulfilled, that is written of the Son of Man.

– However they understood nothing and did not know what that saying was.

My Jesus, draw me after You,
I am ready, I want to leave here
and go to Jerusalem to Your passion.
It is a good thing when I can understand
the importance of this time of suffering and
death thoroughly, as my consolation!

Happy listening! Soli Deo gloria.

8/23/2020

Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 92

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It is the twelfth Sunday after Pentecost. Today’s Bach cantata is “Ich hab in Gottes Herz und Sinn” (I have given over to God’s heart and mind):

Today’s Gospel reading is Matthew 16:13-20:

Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

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

Even if He tosses me into the sea,
The Lord still lives upon the high seas,
He has shared my life with me,
therefore I will not be drowned in them.

If the waves already seize me
and their fury rushes with me to the abyss,
He only means to try me,
whether I will think about Jonah,
whether like Peter I will direct my mind to Him.
He means to make me strong in faith,
He will watch over my soul
and my will,
which always wavers and weakens
in His goodness
and resembles nothing like constancy,
accustom to stand firm.

My foot shall firmly,
until the day of its last rest,
plant itself here on this rock.

Happy listening! Soli Deo gloria.

8/16/2020

Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 51

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It is the eleventh Sunday after Pentecost. Today’s Bach cantata is “Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen” (Exult in God in every land):

Today’s Gospel reading is Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28:

And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand:

Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.

Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying?

But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.

Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

Then answered Peter and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable.

And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding?

Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?

But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.

Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.

And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.

But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.

But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.

But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.

And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.

Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

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

Exult in God in every land!
Whatever creatures are contained
by heaven and earth
must raise up this praise,
and now we shall likewise
bring an offering to our God,
since He has stood with us
at all times during suffering and necessity.

. . . .

Glory, and praise with honor
be to God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!
He will increase in us
what He has promised us out of grace,
so that we trust fast in Him,
abandon ourselves completely to Him,
rely on Him within our hearts,
so that our heart, will, and mind
depend strongly on Him;
therefore we sing at this time:
Amen, we shall succeed,
if we believe from the depths of our hearts.

Happy listening! Soli Deo gloria.

8/9/2020

Sunday Music: Bach Motet BWV 228

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It is the tenth Sunday after Pentecost. Today’s Bach piece is a motet: “Fürchte dich nicht” (Do not fear):

Today’s Gospel reading is Matthew 14:22-33:

Jesus Walks on the Water

Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

“Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

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

Do not fear, I am with you; do not recoil, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, and help you as well, I sustain you with the right hand of my righteousness.

Do not be afraid.

Happy listening! Soli Deo gloria.

8/2/2020

Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 196

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It is the ninth Sunday after Pentecost. Today’s Bach cantata (coming late in the day) is “Der Herr denket an uns” (The Lord is mindful of us):

Today’s Gospel reading is Matthew 14:13-21:

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

“We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

“Bring them here to me,” he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

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

The Lord is mindful of us and blesses us. He blesses the house of Israel, He blesses the house of Aaron.

Happy listening! Soli Deo gloria.

7/26/2020

Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 71

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It is the eighth Sunday after Pentecost. Today’s Bach cantata is “Gott ist mein König” (God is my King):

Today’s Gospel reading is Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52:

The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast

He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”

He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.”

. . . .

The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

The Parable of the Net

“Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

“Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked.

“Yes,” they replied.

He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”

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

God is my King from long ago, who assists all that exist on the earth.

. . . .

The new regime
in every course
crown with blessing!
Peace, quiet and good health,
must always stand by the side
of the new regime.

Happiness, health, and great conquest
must newly and daily
delight you, Joseph,
so that all lands and places
may constantly enjoy
happiness, health, and great conquest!

Happy listening! Soli Deo gloria.

7/19/2020

Sunday Music: Bach Cantata BWV 98

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It is the seventh Sunday after Pentecost. Today’s Bach cantata is “Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan” (What God does is well done):

Today’s Gospel reading is Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43:

The Parable of the Weeds

Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.

“The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’

“‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.

“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’

“‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”

. . . .

The Parable of the Weeds Explained

Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”

He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.

“As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.

The text of today’s piece is available here. It contains these words, which reinforce the Gospel message to leave judgment (and all else) to God alone:

What God does is well done,
His will remains righteous;
However he begins my affairs,
I will silently keep to Him.
He is my God,
who in need
knows well how to sustain me;
therefore I let Him alone rule.

. . . .

Therefore I will place my confidence
in God alone,
for He does not forsake His own.

Happy listening! Soli Deo gloria.

UPDATE: In our online service this morning, we heard a hymn I don’t remember hearing before: “We Plough The Fields and Scatter”:

I realized I had heard the tune before but it took me a minute to place it. I’ll place the answer below the fold so you can guess on your own. Leave a comment if you got it!

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