Acts 10:34,37-43; Psalms 118:1-2,16-17,22-23; Colossians 3:1-4; John 20:1-9
Welcome, on this Glorious Easter morning. Hallelujah!! Christ is risen! Resurrection has overcome Crucifixion; forgiveness has overcome sin.
One day the great composer, Johann Sebastian Bach visited his favorite tavern and heard a secular drinking song with a title that translates into English as, “One Foot In The Grave.” After hearing the song, Bach went home, had his dinner, and helped Mrs. Bach put their eighteen children to bed. (That’s right, they had eighteen children!) Then he left and went over to the Church. So there was Bach, by himself after dark, in Church. Whereupon he sat down at the organ and worked for several hours. And during that working session, he transformed the secular drinking song, “One Foot In The Grave,” into a “Cantata in Praise of the Risen Lord” — a cantata so beautiful and so full of power and life that it has been sung for centuries. And it continues to be sung in Churches all over the world.
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