Bach Cantatas

Bach Cantatas

May 2013 - May 2018
Sermons in this series
10:30am, Sunday, May 27, 2018
Passage: Isaiah 6:3
Duration: 20 mins 4 secs
This is not only the litmus test of our faith (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), but the source and motivation for our health, healing and holiness. Today we look at how seeing God for who He really is, changes everything. (Today's sermon followed a performance of Bach's cantata BWV 165.) [Orchestra/Choir - Holy Trinity]
10:30am, Sunday, March 12, 2017
Passage: Topical
Duration: 12 mins 57 secs
Week two of our Lenten journey. Today we look at how God’s presence can be Lost and Found, Kept and Multiplied. Finders, keepers, losers, reapers. (Address followed a performance of Bach's cantata BWV 68, "God so loved the world".) [Organ/Choir - Lent 2]
11:16am, Sunday, October 23, 2016
Passage: Psalm 84:7
Duration: 16 mins 23 secs
How would you summarise the Christian life? Does “strength to strength” come to mind? Maybe not, but that is how the Good News of Jesus should come across to us. Today we look more closely at Psalm 84:7 to discover how this kind of life might be possible. (This address followed a performance of Bach's cantata BWV 113 "Lord Jesus Christ, O highest good".) [Organ/Choir - Pentecost 23]
11:00am, Sunday, July 3, 2016
Passage: Luke 10:17-20
Duration: 13 mins 33 secs
Rev Dr Maurice Schild, Emeritus Professor at Australian Lutheran College, is guest preacher at this service, following a performance of Bach's cantata BWV 44 Sie werden euch in den Bann tun (They will put you under banishment). He speaks of the victory won by Christ. [Organ/choir - Pentecost 7]
11:00am, Sunday, April 10, 2016
Duration: 8 mins 48 secs
Trust is hard to come by in the modern world. We have been let down so often by political leaders, by business, and by each other. But when we cannot trust, our hearts shrivel and our life is diminished. Today's cantata reminds us that there is One in whom we can trust completely. That trustworthiness is based in his Love, shown in the life, death and resurrection of Christ Jesus. (This address followed a performance of Bach's cantata BWV 93 Wer nur den lieben Gott laesst walten (If we will trust in God to guide us). [Orchestra/Choir - Easter 3]
11:00am, Sunday, February 28, 2016
Passage: Luke 13:31-35
Duration: 21 mins 28 secs
Feeling a bit tired? Warn out? Like maybe you want to just give up? Be encouraged. You are not alone. God has provided the means by which we can do it. We can last. We can accomplish all that He has planned for us. Tune in to find out about Persevering Prayer. (This sermon followed a performance of Bach's cantata BWV 124 “Meinen Jesum lass ich nicht” (I will not let go of my Jesus). [Organ/Choir - Lent 3]
11:00am, Sunday, November 22, 2015
Passage: John 18:33-37
Duration: 20 mins 35 secs
When Pope Francis addressed a joint sitting of the US Congress last September, he spoke truth into the bastion of power, both right and left. The church has not always been good at avoiding the lure of power. But in his trial, Jesus also spoke truth to those in power, who really didn't understand anything about him. In place of power, Jesus shows us servanthood; in place of violence, compassion. His topsy-turvy world calls us to be citizens of another kingdom, one that has our first allegiance. (This sermon followed a performance of cantata BWV 117 "Sei Lob und Ehr dem hoechsten Gut" (Praise and honour be to the highest good).) [Organ/choir - Christ the King Sunday]
11:00am, Sunday, August 23, 2015
Passage: John 6:56-69
Duration: 15 mins 39 secs
When Jesus said he was the Bread of Life, and his disciples were to eat his body and drink his blood, many walked away. Yet this is the foundation of Holy Communion. Can we approach this with the same joy that Bach addressed in BWV 49 "Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen" (I go forth and seek with longing)? With all the joy of a wedding feast? [Organ/Choir - Pentecost 13]
11:00am, Sunday, May 31, 2015
Passage: Isaiah 6:1-8
Duration: 12 mins 44 secs
Today's sermon followed Bach's cantata BWV 68, "God So Loved the World". God is holy, pure, and undefiled; yet he found a way to invite us back into community with him, through his Son. In the words of the cantata, "He did not come only to judge the world, no, no, He wished to mediate for sin and guilt as intercessor between God and man." [Orchestra/Choir - Trinity Sunday]
11:00am, Sunday, February 22, 2015
Passage: Mark 1:9-15
Duration: 12 mins 50 secs
Today's cantata (BWV 93 "Wer nur den lieben Gott" (Who only lets dear God rule)) teaches us about placing our trust in God’s strong hand, through the life and work of his Son Jesus. In Mark’s high speed journey through the life of Jesus, his baptism, his testing in the wilderness, and his work announcing the Kingdom of God all give us reasons to place our trust in Jesus. Today we start with his baptism. [Organ/Choir and cantata - Lent 1]