Song Ideas for Good Friday and Easter

Song ideas for Good Friday

Check out these song ideas for Good Friday and Easter. There are so many great worship songs about the cross and forgiveness and the sacrifice Christ made for us. And there are so many wonderful songs about the resurrection and the victory of God over sin and death and evil. Two in particular that have stuck in my head this week are Paul Baloche’s hauntingly beautiful song Your Blood Ran Down” and Tim Hughes’ new anthem “The Cross Stands Above It All.”

I want to just add a few more songs to your ideas for Holy Week. Three are brand new, and two were previously released but are included as bonus tracks on The Mystery of Faith LP. Each video includes a link to the chord chart for FREE.

Song Ideas for GOOD FRIDAY:

“We Confess”—a song of confession and repentance based on the prayers of confession in the Anglican Book of Common Prayer. The chorus, which comes after two verses of confession, is sung from God’s perspective, announcing His forgiveness to us. (For a picture of what it would look like to sing it antiphonally, with people facing each other, check out this “live” video.)

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“Forgiven Forever”—a song thanking God for the “once-and-for-all” forgiveness He provided for us through the blood of the lamb. The bridge contains an anthemic refrain based on Romans 8, declaring that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ.

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Song Ideas for EASTER:

“Our Messiah Reign”—a brooding anthem naming Christ as the long-awaited Messiah, the world’s true Lord, who broke the curse of death, rescues the prisoner and comforts the broken. Based on Isaiah 61 and Luke 4, the song culminates in a simple chorus giving glory to the Lamb who died and rose again.

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“Victorious God”—a simple, upbeat praise song with verse lyrics based on the Easter hymn in the Anglican Book of Common Prayer. With a driving verse and a chorus declaring Jesus as the risen One and reigning King, the song takes flight in a chant-like refrain praising our victorious God.

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“The Mystery of Faith”a rising anthem based on the words of the Memorial Acclamation: “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.” Each verse is about an aspect of the Lord’s Table—His body and His blood in verse 1, His Spirit and His coming in verse 2. The bridge is an “Alleluia” refrain fitting for Easter celebrations.

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Glenn Packiam is one of the associate senior pastors at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the lead pastor of New Life Downtown, a congregation of New Life Church. Glenn earned a Doctorate in Theology and Ministry from Durham University in the UK. He also holds BA in Theological/Historical Studies and Masters in Management from Oral Roberts University, and a Graduate Certificate in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Glenn and his wife, Holly, have four children.