Church Life: Bach Cantatas
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The music of J. S. Bach at Grace

March cantata texts are related to third chapter of John

bach_wide.jpgMarch 19
O heilges Geist- und Wasserbad

O sacred bath of water and the Holy Spirit
, BWV 165
Elizabeth A. Eaton, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Chicago, homilist

Steven Wente, Concordia University Chicago, organist

Elizabeth Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will be the homilist for the Bach Cantata Vespers service on Sunday, March 19. Bishop Eaton was elected to this post in 2013. She earned a bachelor’s degree in music education before earning her Master of Divinity at Harvard. She has served congregations in Ohio and was elected bishop of the ELCA Northeastern Ohio Synod in 2006.

The cantata for the service, O heilges Geist- und Wasserbad (O sacred bath of water and the Holy Spirit, BWV 165), was composed by Bach for Trinity Sunday of 1715 and is related to the gospel lesson for that day from the third chapter of John. In John 3:5  Jesus says to Nicodemus, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.” Read more about the cantata.

Steven Wente of Concordia University Chicago will play the organ prelude beginning at 3:45 p.m.

Preview lecture at 3 p.m. by Mark Peters of Trinity Christian College, in the Seminar Room.