The Lenten season offers musicians myriad resources for solos, ensembles, and choirs. Since this series is focused on embracing the Resurrected One with a whole heart, we will look at hymns and modern songs that point us in that direction. Lent gives us space to clean house and to receive the one we call Lord. And, although Lent can be an intense time as we lean into some of the more somber moments of Jesus’ life, we must also hold in counterpoint the joy and hope that our congregations need to hear on the journey. During Lent, we have the opportunity to claim the life that Christ teaches and lives out before us. As you plan music for your worship services, find the tension between what is and the promise of what will be.
Good Friday – By His Bruises
April 2, 2021 – John 18:1-19:42 & Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Good Friday services vary greatly from church to church. You will find a good number of hymn suggestions related to these readings in this worship series.
Whether you plan for a midday service or an evening Tenebrae service, there are many great options for songs from a variety of cultures and genres. Here are just a couple for your consideration.
For modern worship:
- “One Thing Remains,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOqvkU63HDY
For traditional and blended worship:
- “Ah, Holy Jesus, How Hast Thou Offended,” The United Methodist Hymnal, 289
- “Lord of the Dance,” The United Methodist Hymnal, 261