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  • A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

    A mighty fortress is our God,
    A trusty shield and weapon;
    He helps us free from ev'ry need
    That has us now o'ertaken.
    The old evil foe Now means deadly woe;
    Deep guile and great might Are his dread arms in fight;
    On earth is not his equal.

    With might of ours can naught be done;
    Soon were our loss effected.
    But for us fights the valiant one
    Whom God himself elected.
    You ask, "Who is this?" Jesus Christ it is,
    The almighty Lord. And there's no other God;
    He holds the field forever.

    Though devils all the world should fill,
    All eager to devour us,
    We tremble not, we fear no ill;
    They shall not overpow'r us.
    This world's prince may still Scowl fierce as he will,
    He can harm us none. He's judged; the deed is done!
    One little word can fell him.

    The Word they still shall let remain,
    Nor any thanks have for it;
    He's by our side upon the plain
    With his good gifts and Spirit.
    And do what they will -- Hate, steal, hurt, or kill --
    Though all may be gone, Our victory is won;
    The kingdom's ours forever!

    Text and Tune: public domain. *Setting: c 1970 by Bärenreiter-Verlag; reprinted by permission.

  • A Mighty Fortress is Our God

    A Mighty Fortress is Our God
    from CROSS HEART ROSE SKY RING

    Happy Friday! This week's video is from our album, CROSS HEART ROSE SKY RING.

  • All Glory Be To God Alone

    All glory be to God alone,
    Forevermore the highest one,
    Who did our sinful race befriend
    And grace and peace to us extend.
    Among mankind may his good will
    All hearts with deep thanksgiving fill.

    We praise you, God, and you we bless;
    We worship you in humbleness;
    From day to day we glorify
    The everlasting God on high.
    Of your great glory do we sing,
    And to your throne our thanks we bring.

    Lord God, our King on heaven's throne,
    Our Father, the Almighty One;
    O Lord, the Sole-begotten One,
    Lord Jesus Christ, the Father's Son,
    True God from all eternity,
    O Lamb of God -- to you we flee.

    You take the whole world's sin away;
    Have mercy on us, Lord, we pray.
    You take the whole world's sin away;
    Oh, listen to the prayer we say.
    From God's right hand, oh, send today
    Your mercy on us, Lord, we pray.

    You only are the Holy One;
    O'er all things you are Lord alone.
    O Jesus Christ, we glorify
    You and the Spirit, Lord most high;
    With him you evermore shall be
    One in the Father's majesty.

    *Text: c 1941 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission of CPH. Tune: public domain. *Setting: c 1990 Ronald L. Shilling. Used by permission.

  • All Glory Be To God Alone

    All Glory Be To God Alone
    from CROSS HEART ROSE SKY RING

    Happy Friday! This week's video is from our album, CROSS HEART ROSE SKY RING.

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  • Cross Heart Rose Sky Ring - Rearranging the songs of Martin Luther for the Modern Ear

    Benj Lawrenz, guitarist for Koiné, discusses the inspiration and the motivation behind the music of CROSS HEART ROSE SKY RING (released September 30, 2017) CHRSR is comprised entirely of songs written or composed by Martin Luther.
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    It’s amazing how words written 500 years ago can have just as much meaning and purpose for us today as it did for the people back then. Martin Luther was a scholar, but he was also an artist, and he cared very deeply about common people like you and me. Luther longed for a peace from the thought that he needed to “earn” his salvation in some way, and he found that peace clearly written in God’s Word. From that point on, he wanted everyone to know, especially the common folk, that all are saved by God's grace alone, by faith alone which itself is a gift from God, and this truth is found in God's Word alone in all it's truth and purity. The artist in Luther knew that to get that message out to common people, he needed to speak their language, and one of the best ways to do it would be through music . . . and this idea still holds true today.

    CROSS HEART ROSE SKY RING is a journey through Luther’s words and works in a modern setting for the common people of today to hear, maybe again, for the first time.

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  • Final Word

    Final Word
    from CROSS HEART ROSE SKY RING

    Happy Friday! This week's video is from our album, CROSS HEART ROSE SKY RING.

  • Final Word (Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice v.10)

    "What I on earth have lived and taught
    Be all your life and teaching;
    So shall my kingdom's work be wrought
    And honored in your preaching.
    Take care that no one's man-made laws
    Should e'er destroy the gospel's cause.
    This final word I leave you."

    Text, Tune, Setting: public domain.

  • From Depths Of Woe I Cry To You

    From depths of woe I cry to you;
    Lord, hear me, I implore you.
    Bend down your gracious ear to me;
    My prayer let come before you.
    If you kept record of my sin
    And held against me what I've been,
    How could I stand before you?

    Your love and grace alone avail
    To blot out my transgression.
    The best and holiest deeds must fail
    To break sin's dread oppression.
    Before you none can boasting stand,
    But all must fear your strict demand
    And live alone by mercy.

    Therefore my hope is in the Lord
    And not in my own merit;
    It rests upon his faithful Word
    To them of contrite spirit.
    That he is merciful and just
    This is my comfort and my trust.
    His help I wait with patience.

    My soul is waiting for the Lord
    As one who longs for morning;
    No watcher waits with greater hope
    Than I for his returning.
    I hope as Israel in the Lord;
    He sends redemption through his Word.
    We praise him for his mercy.

    Text st.1-3: public domain. Text st.4: c 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship. Reprinted by permission of Augsburg Fortress. Tune and Setting: public domain

  • From Depths Of Woe I Cry To You

    From Depths Of Woe I Cry To You
    from CROSS HEART ROSE SKY RING

    Happy Friday! This week's video is from our album, CROSS HEART ROSE SKY RING.

  • Grant Peace, We Pray, In Mercy, Lord

    Grant peace, we pray, in mercy, Lord;
    Peace in our time, oh, send us!
    For there is none on earth but you,
    None other to defend us.
    You only, Lord, can fight for us. Amen

    Scripture alone we pray, O Lord
    Hope in your Word, oh, send us!
    For there is none on earth but you,
    None other to befriend us.
    You only, Lord, speak truth to us. Amen

    By grace alone we pray, O Lord
    Grace poured from heaven, send us!
    For there is none on earth but you,
    None other to attend us.
    Your only Son you sent for us. Amen

    By faith alone we pray, O Lord
    Faith beyond measure send us!
    For there is none on earth but you,
    None other to replenish
    You only Lord can nourish us. Amen

    Text: By kind permission of The Lutheran World Federation. Tune and Setting: public domain.

  • Grant Peace, We Pray, In Mercy, Lord

    Grant Peace, We Pray, In Mercy, Lord
    from CROSS HEART ROSE SKY RING

    Happy Friday! This week's video is from our album, CROSS HEART ROSE SKY RING.

  • Isaiah, Mighty Seer In Days Of Old

    Isaiah, mighty seer in days of old,
    The Lord of all in spirit did behold
    High on a lofty throne, in splendor bright,
    With robes that filled the temple courts with light.
    Above the throne were flaming seraphim;
    Six wings had they, these messengers of him.
    With two they veiled their faces as was right,
    With two they humbly hid their feet from sight,
    And with the other two aloft they soared;
    One to the other called and praised the Lord:
    "Holy is God, the Lord of heav'nly hosts!
    Holy is God, the Lord of heav'nly hosts!
    Holy is God, the Lord of heav'nly hosts!
    His glory fills the heavens and the earth!"
    The beams and lintels trembled at the cry,
    And clouds of smoke enwrapped the throne on high.

    Text and Tune: public domain. *Setting: c 1982 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission of CPH.

  • Koiné From the Studio

    It’s nothing new in Christian music for traditional songs to be re-shaped by the influences of culture and time. But perhaps it’s the way Koiné is combining century-old hymns with a modern accompaniment that is causing people everywhere to take notice. With their arrangements, Koiné strives to find a unique balance between the familiarity of the classic hymn melodies and the raw instrumentation of the new arrangements. Koiné From the Studio shares the stories behind the songs and hymn arrangements direct from the artists themselves.
  • May God Bestow On Us His Grace

    May God bestow on us his grace, With blessings rich provide us,
    And may the brightness of his face To life eternal guide us
    That we his saving health may know, His gracious will and pleasure,
    And also to the heathen show Christ's riches without measure
    And unto God convert them.

    Yours over all shall be the praise And thanks of ev'ry nation,
    And all the world with joy shall raise The voice of exultation.
    For you will judge the earth, O Lord; You will not let sin flourish.
    Your people's pasture is your Word, Their souls to feed and nourish,
    In righteous paths to keep them.

    Oh, let the people praise your worth, In all good works increasing.
    The land shall plenteous fruit bring forth; Your Word is rich in blessing.
    May God the Father, God the Son, And God the Spirit bless us.
    Let all the world praise him alone; Let solemn awe possess us.
    Now let our hearts say Amen!

    Text, Tune, Setting: public domain.

  • May God Bestow on Us His Grace

    May God Bestow on Us His Grace
    from CROSS HEART ROSE SKY RING

    Happy Friday! This week's video is from our album, CROSS HEART ROSE SKY RING.

  • Our Father, Who From Heaven Above

    Our Father, who from heav'n above
    Bids all of us to live in love
    As members of one family
    And pray to you in unity,
    Teach us no thoughtless words to say,
    But from our inmost hearts to pray.

    Your name be hallowed. Help us, Lord,
    In purity to keep your Word,
    That to the glory of your name
    We walk before you free from blame.
    Let no false doctrine us pervert;
    All poor, deluded souls convert.

    Your kingdom come, we humbly pray,
    That Christ may rule in us today
    And that your Holy Spirit bring
    Still more to worship Christ as King.
    Break Satan's pow'r, defeat his rage;
    Preserve your Church from age to age.

    Your gracious will on earth be done
    Just as in heav'n around your throne,
    That patiently we may obey
    Throughout our lives all that you say.
    Curb sinful flesh and ev'ry ill
    That sets itself against your will.

    Give us today our daily bread,
    And let us all be clothed and fed.
    From hardship, war, and earthly strife,
    From sickness, famine, spare our life.
    Let selfishness and worry cease
    That we may live in godly peace.

    Forgive our sins, Lord, we implore,
    That they may trouble us no more;
    We, too, will gladly those forgive
    Who hurt us by the way they live.
    Help us in our community
    To serve each other willingly.

    Into temptation lead us not.
    When evil foes against us plot
    And vex our souls on ev'ry hand,
    Oh, give us strength that we may stand
    Firm in the faith, a mighty host,
    Through comfort of the Holy Ghost.

    From evil, Lord, deliver us;
    The times and days are perilous.
    Redeem us from eternal death,
    And, when we yield our dying breath,
    Console us, grant us calm release,
    And take our souls to you in peace.

    Amen, that is, it shall be so.
    Make strong our faith that we may know
    That we may doubt not but believe
    What here we ask we shall receive.
    Thus in your name and at your Word
    We say, "Amen. Oh, hear us, Lord!"

    Text, Tune, Setting: public domain.

  • We All Believe In One True God

    We all believe in one true God,
    Who created earth and heaven,
    The Father, who to us in love
    Has the right of children given.
    He in soul and body feeds us;
    All we need his hand provides us.
    He through snares and perils leads us,
    Watching that no harm betides us.
    He cares for us by day and night;
    All things are governed by his might.

    We all believe in Jesus Christ,
    His own Son, our Lord, possessing
    An equal Godhead, throne, and might,
    Source of ev'ry grace and blessing,
    Born of Mary, virgin mother,
    By the power of the Spirit,
    Made true man, our elder brother,
    That the lost might life inherit,
    Was crucified by sinful men
    And raised by God to life again.

    We all confess the Holy Ghost,
    Who, sweet hope and comfort giving,
    Now with the Father and the Son
    In eternal light is living,
    Who the Church, his own creation,
    Keeps in unity of spirit;
    Here forgiveness and salvation
    Daily come through Jesus' merit.
    All flesh shall rise, and we shall be
    In bliss with God eternally.

    Text and Tune: public domain. *Setting: c 1982 Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission of CPH.

  • We All Believe in One True God

    We All Believe in One True God
    from CROSS HEART ROSE SKY RING

    Happy Friday! This week's video is from our album, CROSS HEART ROSE SKY RING.