Grace Lutheran Church's Bach Cantata Vespers services present the cantatas of J. S. Bach within the context of congregational worship, the setting in which they were originally performed. Other music in the service, the hymn-singing, and preaching are tied into the themes of the cantata. Cantatas are presented one Sunday afternoon each month, from September to November and January to May.

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Bach Cantatas 2013-14

The instrumental prelude begins at 3:45.

September 29
Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir  (Lord God, we all praise you, BWV 130)
Marda Messick, St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Tallahassee, Fla., homilist
J. S. Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major (BWV 1047)

October 20
Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild  (God the Lord is sun and shield, BWV 79)
Paul Westermeyer, Luther Seminary, homilist
Steven Wente, Concordia University Chicago, organist
Kapelle, Concordia University Chicago, Charles P. Brown, director

November 24
Wer Dank opfert, der preiset mich  (Whoever offers thanks praises me, BWV 17)
Paul Landahl, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, homilist
J. S. Bach, Concerto in A Major for Oboe d'amore (BWV 1055)

December 22
Meine Seel erhebt den Herren  (My soul magnifies the Lord, BWV 10)
Performed at Grace, in conjunction with the Bach Cantata ministry of Saint Luke Church, Chicago, Mark P. Bangert, director
Michael D. Costello, Grace Lutheran Church & School, homilist
Timothy Spelbring, St. Mark Lutheran Church, Mt. Prospect, organist

January 12
Weihnachts-Oratorium (Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Parts 5 & 6)
Bach for the Sem concert, 4:00 p.m., Mark P. Bangert, director, benefiting the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
Tickets available at the door ($22 Adults, Seniors/Students $12),

January 26
Sehet, welch eine Liebe hat uns der Vater erzeiget  (Behold, what love the Father has shown to us, BWV 64)
Paul D. Weber, Lenoir-Rhyne University, homilist
Florence Jowers, Lenoir-Rhyne University, organist

February 23
Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke  (I am content with my fortune, BWV 84)
Rosalie de Rosset, Moody Bible Institute, homilist
David Schrader, organist and harpsichordist;  Maura Janton Cock, Valparaiso University, soprano
March 30
Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich  (Unto you, Lord, do I long, BWV 150)
Jill Peláez Baumgaertner, Wheaton College, homilist
G. P. Telemann, Sonata in F minor for bassoon (TWV41:f1)
W. A. Mozart, Sonata da chiesa in B-flat Major (KV 212)

April 27
Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats  (On the evening of the same Sabbath, BWV 42)
Wayne N. Miller, Metropolitan Chicago Synod, ELCA, homilist
Karg-Elert: Fuge, Kanzone, und Epilog: Credo in vitam venturi (Op. 85, No. 3)

May 18
Gott fahret auf mit Jauchzen  (God goes up with rejoicing, BWV 43)
Phyllis N. Kersten, homilist
J. Haydn, Symphony No. 30 in C Major "Alleluia"