race Lutheran Church is pleased to announce its 39th season of Bach Cantata Vespers services. Eight services have been planned for the 2009-2010 season, each held in the Grace Lutheran sanctuary at 4 p.m. with the prelude beginning at 3:45 p.m. A nursery is available. We invite and encourage you to attend, and appreciate your free-will offering.

Join us on cantata Sundays in the Seminar Room at 9:45 a.m.
for an in-depth conversation on Bach, his music, and theology.

September 27 Cantata 50 Nun ist das Heil und die Kraft
(Now Is the Salvation and the Power)
Homilist: Kurt K. Hendel, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Motet: Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden (Praise the Lord, All Nations), BWV 230
Organ prelude: Michael D. Costello, Grace Lutheran Church, River Forest, Illinois

October 25 Cantata 79 Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild
(God the Lord Is Sun and Shield)
Homilist: Ralph W. Klein, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Prelude: A. Corelli, Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 10

November 22 Cantata 61 Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland
(Savior of the Nations, Come)
Homilist: Kelly K. Faulstich, Grace Lutheran Church, River Forest, Illinois
Harp & Classical Guitar prelude: Mark Brewer, Oak Park, Illinois; Jason Deroche, LaGrange, Illinois

January 31 Cantata 123 Liebster Immanuel, Herzog der Frommen
(Dearest Immanuel, Ruler of the Righteous)
Homilist: Martin A. Seltz, Augsburg Fortress Publishing House, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Guest Choir: Kapelle, Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Illinois; Charles Brown, conductor
Organ prelude: Steven Wente, Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Illinois

February 28 Cantata 54 Widerstehe doch der Sünde
(Stand Firm Against Sin)
Homilist: Frederick A. Niedner, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana
Soloist: Countertenor Steven Rickards, Indianapolis, Indiana
Prelude: J. S. Bach, Concerto for Harpsichord, Flute and Violin in A minor, BWV 1044

March 21 Cantata 1 Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern
(How Lovely Shines the Morning Star)
Homilist: Karen Salvo Hawkins, Christ the King Lutheran Church, Columbia, S.C.
Extended 30-minute prelude to celebrate Bach’s birthday beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Prelude: Brandenburg Concerto #1, BWV 1046
Organ prelude: Robert D. Hawkins, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, S.C.

April 25 Cantata 4 Christ lag in Todesbanden
(Christ Lay in Death's Strong Bands)
Homilist: Mark Hanson, Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Organ prelude: Laura Zimmer, Grace Lutheran Church, River Forest, Illinois

May 23 Cantata 172 Erschallet, ihr Lieder, erklinget, ihr Saiten!
(Ring Forth, You Songs, Resound, You Strings!)
Homilist: Benjamin Stewart, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Prelude: J. M. Molter, Sonata Grossa for 3 Trumpets, 2 Oboes, Timpani, Strings and Continuo

Invite others to our Cantata series. Call, email or write us here at Grace and we'll mail a season poster to you to display at your workplace, church or school.

You may also download the poster for the coming season here.

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