Grace Notes

Lyrics for this week's musical selections.

Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott by J.S. Bach, BWV 720

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

This hymn is one of Martin Luther’s most famous, and associated with the Reformation. It is based on psalm 46, but is relevant to psalm 62, our psalm for today. It is considered by some to be the most important hymn ever written (I’d contest this, but understand why that sentiment exists).
A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing,
our present help amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe, doth seek to work us woe,
with craft and power great, and armed with cruel hate,
on earth without an equal.
Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing,
but there is one who takes our side, the one of God’s own choosing.
You ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is he
with mighty pow’r to save, victorious o’er the grave,
Christ will prevail triumphant.
God’s word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth.
The Spirit and the gifts are ours, through Christ, who with us sideth.
Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also.
The body they may kill, God’s truth abideth still,
God’s reign endures forever.

Put Peace Into Each Other’s Hands

Put peace into each other’s hand and like a treasure hold it;
protect it like a candle flame, with tenderness enfold it.

Put peace into each other’s hand with loving expectation;
be gentle in your words and ways, in touch with God’s creation.

Put Christ into each other’s hand, he is love’s deepest measure;
in love make peace, give peace a chance and share it like a treasure.


For previous weeks, click the links below:

December 13th
December 6th
November 29th

November 22nd
November 15th
November 8th
November 1st

Jesus’ Eight Blessings for Uncertain Times
October 25th
October 18th
October 11th
October 4th
September 27th
September 20th
September 13th
September 6th

Living Liberty
August 30th
August 23rd
August 16th
August 9th

Praying for Revolution
August 2nd
July 26th
July 19th
July 12th
July 5th

Sacred Activism
June 28th

Hope, a Pessimist’s Guide
June 14th – Father’s Day
June 7th 
May 31 – Pentecost
May 24
May 17
May 10 – Mothers’ Day
May 3
April 26 – Confirmation
April 19

April 12 – Easter
April 10 – Good Friday
April 9 – Maundy Thursday