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Psalm 61:1-2 Hear my cry, O God, and listen to my prayer. I call upon you from the ends of the earth with heaviness in my heart; set me upon the rock that is higher than I.
While no one can debate his genius in music, what may be a lesser-known spiritual gift is that Bach was the director of music for four churches in Leipzig—at the same time. One of his main complaints was about “penny pinching” measures he felt were detrimental to his ministry of music. Some things never change.
Bach, like the psalmist before him, gave voice to the prayers and praises of our hearts. Painting with harmonies and counterpoints, fugues and modals, masses and psalm settings, this saint of God filled the church with the music of heaven.
MOVING FORWARD: Send a note of thanks to your faith community’s musicians. Let them know their work matters in your life.