Bach Cantatas

Bach Cantatas

May 2013 - May 2018
Sermons in this series
11:00am, Sunday, November 9, 2014
[ Organ/Choir - Pentecost 22 - Cantata: BWV 140 "Wachet auf" (Sleepers Wake) J.S. Bach ]
11:00am, Sunday, August 31, 2014
Duration: 12 mins 46 secs
The Cross has become something of a fashion statement, an item of jewellery. And the world generally thinks of 'love' and something soft and romatic. But the Cross is a symbol of discipleship, of following Jesus. And we who follow are called to show the same kind of self-giving, suffering love that he demonstrated in dying for us. [ Organ/Choir - Pentecost 12 - Bach Cantata BWV 22 "Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwölfe" (Jesus took under Him the twelve)]
11:00am, Sunday, May 11, 2014
Passage: John 10:1-10
Duration: 9 mins 11 secs
This brief address followed immediately after a live performance of J.S. Bach's cantata BWV 112, "Der Herr ist mein getreuer Hirt" (The Lord is my faithful shepherd). Both were part of worship for Good Shepherd Sunday. [ Orchestra/Choir - Easter 4/Good Shepherd - J.S. Bach Cantata BWV 112 ]
11:00am, Sunday, March 9, 2014
Duration: 19 mins 26 secs
(First of a series about those who had Encounters With Jesus.) There can be no doubt that evil stalks this world, intent on destroying God's good creation. After his baptism, Jesus found himself doing battle with this tempter, this slanderer, this adversary (the three names given in this account to Satan). Jesus resisted temptation, but his ministry is characterised by the constant presence of evil. Our baptism into Christ marks us as participants in the continuing skirmish, but we know who wins in the end. [ Organ - Lent 1 - Buxtehude Cantata BuxWV 60 Jesu, Meine Freude ]
11:00am, Sunday, March 9, 2014
[ Special - Cantatas from Feb 9 & Mar 9 2014 ]
11:00am, Sunday, February 9, 2014
Passage: Matthew 5:5-6
Duration: 15 mins 13 secs
Dealing with the next two beatitudes: Blessed are the meek; and Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. Meekness may include receiving assistance from others; staying accountable and receiving feedback. This can be both surprising and tough. Hungering and thirsting for righteousness means we want to be changed. We want to leave behind unhealthy behaviors, and seek God's healing. To God's offer, we need to choose our response. [ Organ/Choir - Epiphany 5 - Bach Cantata BWV 39 'Break Bread for the Hungry' ]
11:00am, Sunday, November 24, 2013
Duration: 37 mins 57 secs
Guest preacher Pastor Geoff Burger (former District President, LCA WA) introduces the "real" sermon by J.S. Bach, BWV 106, "God's Time Is the Best Time". This is one of a series at St Paul's where we insert Bach's cantatas (performed voluntarily by members of the congregation) into their intended context, within a worship service. This program will continue in 2014. English translations of the text may be found at http://www.emmanuelmusic.org/notes_translations/translations_cantata/t_bwv106.htm. [ Organ/Choir - Christ the King - Cantata BWV 106 ]
11:00am, Sunday, September 22, 2013
Passage: Luke 16:1-13
Duration: 13 mins 23 secs
(Between the Gospel reading and the address in today's service, we had a rendition with orchestra, choir and soloists of J.S. Bach's cantata BVW 105, "Lord, do not pass judgement on Your servant".) There are some things money can't buy - health, relationships, and eternal life. For these things there's God. Jesus pays the price of his life to secure our future. [ Organ/Choir - Pentecost 18 - Bach Cantata BWV 105 ]
11:00am, Sunday, June 30, 2013
Passage: Luke 9:62
Duration: 16 mins 3 secs
As Jesus journeyed towards Jerusalem, he taught his disciples what is involved in serving him. We can remember three things starting with P. First, we must be prepared to pay the price. Second, we must be prepared to put the Kingdom first. Third, we have to plough ahead. [ Organ/Choir - Pentecost 6 - Bach Cantata BWV 78 Jesu, Thou Who My Soul ]
11:00am, Sunday, May 12, 2013
Passage: Acts 1:1-11
Duration: 10 mins 55 secs
The Ascension is a vital part of Jesus' life. It confirms what the resurrection has already made clear: that Jesus has gained a resounding victory over all the anti-God forces in the universe. Not only is he ruling over all creation, but he is constantly praying for us, bringing our concerns before his Father. He has sent us the Holy Spirit, his ongoing presence in his disciples. [ Organ/Choir - Easter 7/Ascension - Bach Cantata BWV 128 On Christ's Ascension ]