If we were meeting as usual this Easter, we would take the time to sing songs that remind us of the amazing things that happened through the Cross and Resurrection of Jesus. But in these strange times, I’m so grateful for the technology to still be able to do this in our own homes as we gather together in spirit. Here are some songs you can play before tuning in to the live stream. Feel free to sing at the top of your voices or just use the songs for quiet meditation as you reflect on what Easter means for us.
MUSIC FOR GOOD FRIDAY:
Song 1: Man of Sorrows:
Isaiah 53: 4-6 spoke about the promised Saviour who would come to the world, not to lord it over us, but to suffer and die in our place: “Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” It’s this Saviour, Jesus, who we celebrate at Easter.
Song 2: Jesus Thank You:
Jesus, it’s hard for us to comprehend what You did for us on that first Easter as You died on the cross. We confess that we are quick to justify ourselves and claim we have no sin in our hearts, but the truth is that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Thank You for taking on Yourself the punishment that we justly deserve for rebelling against God. Thank You that we are no longer your enemies, but that You welcome us to know the deep, deep, love of the Father.
Song 3: How Deep The Father’s Love:
A song to sing after the sermon: Jesus Paid it all:
MUSIC FOR EASTER SUNDAY:
Song 1: Jerusalem:
Song 2: Before the Throne of God Above:
Romans 8 gives us the beautiful reminder that, because of Jesus, nothing can separate us from the love of God:
“If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:31-38)
Song 3: All Creatures of our God and King:
While we may be celebrating Easter from in our own homes this year, it’s such a joy to know that we’re not celebrating alone. Let’s join together with “all creatures of our God and King” as we sing praises to Him and look forward together to the future hope we have of His return!
A song to sing after the sermon: O Praise The Name: