CM: Snow Day (Picture Gallery)

Snow Day January 2019 This has been a snowy weekend in Indiana, providing a nice pause in the rat race. Church services were cancelled this morning because the county roads are a bit treacherous. I’ve had the chance to get out and take a few pictures and thought I’d put them up for you today,Continue reading “CM: Snow Day (Picture Gallery)”

Some Favorite Photos from 2017

Some Favorite Photos from 2017 Before I introduce this year’s favorite pictures, let me say that I am looking forward to reading a book I received as a gift for Christmas. It’s called Eyes of the Heart: Photography as a Christian Contemplative Practice, by Christine Valters Paintner. Perhaps some of our readers who enjoy photographyContinue reading “Some Favorite Photos from 2017”

6th Sunday after Trinity: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • Today we feature Bach’s quintessential “Lutheran” cantata, “Es ist das Heil uns kommen her,” (Salvation has come to us, BWV 9). The gossamer sound of the opening movement disguises the fact that this cantata is the locus classicus of Lutheran fervor in all of Bach’s work,Continue reading “6th Sunday after Trinity: Pic & Cantata of the Week”

5th Sunday after Trinity: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • Today, we present an aria from one of Bach’s cantatas for Trinity 5: “Siehe, ich will viel Fischer aussenden” (Behold I will send out many fishers, BWV 88). Schweitzer captures the setting of this aria: “”In the 1st mvt Bach sees before him the Lake of Gennesareth, onContinue reading “5th Sunday after Trinity: Pic & Cantata of the Week”

2nd Sunday after Trinity: Cantata & Pic of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • Internet Monk has often noted the absence of lament in much of American church culture. Today, we present an example of a Bach chorus of lament from his cantata “Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein” (O God, Look Down from Heaven). It seems, when lamenting, we humans are wont toContinue reading “2nd Sunday after Trinity: Cantata & Pic of the Week”

1st Sunday after Trinity: Cantata & Pic of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) About Today’s Picture This statue of an African-American woman and her child, is part of the Black Brigade Monument in Smale Park on the riverfront in Cincinnati. It honors the courageous and city-saving contributions of a group of African-Americans who defended Cincinnati from Confederate forces in 1862. Here is a marvelousContinue reading “1st Sunday after Trinity: Cantata & Pic of the Week”

Trinity Sunday: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • Bach’s cantata BWV 194, Höchsterwünschtes Freudenfest (O greatly longed-for feast of joy), written to mark the dedication of a new organ in Leipzig on November 2, 1723, is a forty minute long piece in two parts. It is one of Bach’s largest cantatas, and sounds likeContinue reading “Trinity Sunday: Pic & Cantata of the Week”

Easter VII: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • In tribute to the Coptic Christians of Egypt and all Christians being persecuted for their faith today, we present four movements from one of Bach’s cantatas for Easter VII. The text and themes are taken from the Gospel passage, John 15: 26 – 16: 4, inContinue reading “Easter VII: Pic & Cantata of the Week”