As we approach Passion Week

As we approach Passion Week

It was Maundy Thursday and it occurred to me to ask Dawn Spaetti if she could work with a couple of our musicians and sing the aria “For Love My Savior Is Dying” from Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion at noon the next day for our Good Friday service. They practiced that evening and here is my iPhone recording of Mrs. Adam (Dawn) Spaetti (soprano), James Romeo (flute), Mrs. Cole (Selena) Tutino (bassoon), and Mrs. Gandalf (Anna) Farnam (clarinet) leading us under the Cross.

58. Aria – Soprano
Out of love my Saviour is willing to die,
Though he knows nothing of any sin,
So that eternal ruin
And the punishment of judgment
May not rest upon my soul.

What a comfort the final chorus was to me as I drove to Margaret Louise Bayly’s graveside service. Listen to St. Matthew’s Passion and get your children too, also. Maybe the best music ever written to the glory of God here on earth since our Lord’s death and resurrection. Purchase it. English translation.


About The Author


Tim Bayly has been senior pastor of Clearnote Church, Bloomington since 1996. Married to Mary Lee, the Baylys have five children and twenty-something grandchildren. Tim's book on fatherhood is titled "Daddy Tried" and he is co-author of a book on homosexuality titled "The Grace of Shame.’

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