December 5, 2020

11th Sunday after Trinity: Pic & Cantata of the Week

Snack at Three. Photo by David Cornwell

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The Gospel text for this Sunday in Bach’s day was the parable of the Pharisee and the Publican (Luke 18: 9-14). To help us meditate on this story of penitence and forgiveness, this warning against self-justification and spiritual pride, we present a lovely tenor aria from Bach’s cantata BWV 113, “Herr Jesu Christ, du höchstes Gut” (Lord Jesus Christ, you highest good).

This aria is accompanied one of the most delightful flute parts Bach ever wrote. It perfectly conveys the “sweet word full of comfort and life” being sung about.

May we rest in the comfort of God’s forgiveness through Jesus today!

Jesus takes sinners to himself!
Sweet word full of comfort and life!
He grants true rest to the soul
and calls comfortingly to each:
your sin is forgiven.

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Photo by David Cornwell at Flickr


  1. What comforting words (which I needed to hear at this time) and music, and the picture is as beautiful as the music. Thank you for these Sunday postings. John Eliot Gardiner, the conductor of today’s excerpt, has written a fascinating book on Bach’s music called “Music in the Castle of Heaven”.

  2. Susan Dumbrell says


  3. Susan Dumbrell says

    sins oppress our hearts
    Jesus offers sweet comforts
    Redemption is ours!

  4. Susan Dumbrell says

    Sweet Jesus you shall be my song as I journey.

    Bach showed us the journey so many years ago.

    How about this recent song which hurtles around my brain every waking moment.
    I am a problem driving as I sing.

    Such simple faith which I can’t stop singing.
    Why should I?: Listen to the entries we put on I Monkers.
    Let us remember in whose honour we gather here.

    Thanks be to God our Father and His Son amongst us.
    May the Holy Spirit bless too,

    Blessings for us all,


  5. Susan Dumbrell says

    Baby Lottie, for whom we have been praying, was fed by her mother prior to going forward to mother receiving communion and blessings. So beautiful considering yesterday’s post. Such mother and daughter love. Nourishment given and received. Love given and received.
    Lotie was all eyes at the communion rail held in her mother’s arm., I was beside her and her sweet mother, she was watching everything and love as she received a double blessing from our Priest and the Bishop.
    She will be baptised in November,
    Thanks be to God for the prayers answered for Lottie’s recovery.
    To God be the Victory.