race Lutheran Church is pleased to announce its 45th season of Bach Cantata Vespers. For the 2015-2016 season, each service will be held in the Grace Lutheran Church sanctuary at 4 p.m. with the prelude beginning at 3:45 p.m. Read more about our 45th season below and join us as we worship.

September 20, 2015
BWV 99
Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan
What God does, that is done well

Robert Alan Rimbo, Metropolitan New York Synod, ELCA, homilist
Martin Jean, Yale Institute of Sacred Music, New Haven, Conn., organist
Free-will offering to benefit Lutheran Music Program, home of the Lutheran Summer Music Academy & Festival

October 25
BWV 120
Gott, man lobet dich in der Stille
God, you are praised in the stillness

Frank C. Senn, Evanston, Ill., homilist
J. S. Bach: Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor, BWV 1060;
R. Hillert: Prelude to Evening Prayer

November 22
BWV 61
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland
Now come, O Savior of the nations

Amy C. Schifrin, Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge, Penn., homilist
Stephen Alltop, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., organist

December 25, 2015 -
January 6, 2016
BWV 248
Weihnachts-Oratorium Christmas Oratorio
Presented in worship at the following dates and times:

December 25, 10 a.m. Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf, preiset die Tage
December 26, 7 p.m. Und es waren Hirten in derselben Gegend
December 27, 4 p.m. Herrscher des Himmels, erhöre das Lallen
January 1, 10 a.m. Fallt mit Danken, fallt mit Loben
January 3, 4 p.m. Ehre sei dir, Gott, gesungen
January 6, 7 p.m. Herr, wenn die stolzen Feinde schnauben

> Download Christmas Oratorio Notes & Translations
> Download Christmas Oratorio Bulletins

January 31
BWV 125
Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin
In peace and joy I now depart

Kevin L. Strickland, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Chicago, Ill., homilist
Michael D. Costello, Grace Lutheran Church and School, River Forest, Ill., organist
Kapelle, Concordia University Chicago, guest choir; Charles P. Brown, director

February 28
BWV 199
Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut
My heart swims in blood

Rebekah Weant Costello, St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Itasca, Ill., homilist
A. Corelli: Sonata in B-flat Major, Op. 1, No. 5;
J. C. Graupner: Concerto for Bassoon in G Major, GWV 328

March 20
BWV 182
Himmelskönig, sei willkommen
King of heaven, welcome

James L. Brooks, Harmony Community Church, Lawndale, Chicago, Ill., homilist
G. P. Telemann: Ouverture in A minor, TWV 55:a2

April 24
BWV 86
Wahrlich, wahrlich, ich sage euch
Truly, truly, I say to you

David S. Yeago, Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge, Penn., homilist
Steven Wente, Concordia University Chicago, organist

May 22
BWV 129
Gelobet sei der Herr, mein Gott
Praised be the Lord, my God

E. Jon Benson, St. John Lutheran Church, Council Bluffs, Iowa, homilist
J. S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050

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

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

> Archive of our 2015-2016 Season
> Archive of our 2014-2015 Season
> Archive of our 2013-2014 Season
> Archive of our 2012-2013 Season
> Archive of our 2011-2012 Season
> Archive of our 2010-2011 Season
> Archive of our 2009-2010 Season