Bach wrote his music as an offering to God, for the worshiping Church. Along with the St. Matthew Passion, Bach wrote St. John and a St. Mark Passion, plus more than 300 cantatas, music inspired by the Scripture readings for every Sunday of the entire year, some of which have since been lost. And I’m not even talking about his instrumental music yet! He was one of the most prolific musicians in history, and all of this was dedicated to the glory of God. So, why isn’t this music more a part of our worship today? Is Bach and his music irrelevant now, only to be lost to future generations of worshipers?
Some folks reading this may be thinking, “I know why we’re not singing Bach in church—it’s hard. Hard to understand, hard to sing, it requires an effort that I just don’t want to put into worship. Classical music seems too formal, too OLD, not for our time. I’d rather sing what’s familiar, simple, and easy.” I know what you mean. Bach’s music takes some work, it challenges me to the core as a musician, it stretches me to the absolute limit mentally and spiritually. No other music exposes my inadequacy, or changes me, like this music. But think. How do we as a church approach the study of Scripture?
This is a great analogy to apply to classical music in the church. Check out the full post here.