The Lenten season marks the beginning of the great cycle of Easter that extends from Ash Wednesday to Pentecost. It is a season of penitence and prayer, reflection, and renewal, all designed to prepare the worshiping community for the remembrance of Christ’s death and celebration of his resurrection during Holy Week. These songs all resonate with themes that support and complement worship during this season.
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week and leads to the commemoration of Christ’s death and resurrection. The crowds were shouting “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” and “Hosanna to the Son of David.” as they welcomed in their expected Messiah. But their plans were not God's plans, and by weeks end their chant had changed. Only after the empty tomb would they begin to understand. As you celebrate on Palm Sunday, here are a number of songs that would be the perfect addition to your worship service.
A crown of thorns, a cross and crucifixion, death, darkness, a torn veil, a tomb, separation... these words evoke strong emotions, but are the linchpin to our salvation, for as Hebrews tells us, "Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. Here is a list of songs for commemorating Good Friday.
Easter Sunday, or Resurrection Day, is the day of celebration of the hope and glory of our faith, for if Christ had not been raised, our faith would be in vain. Whether you call it Easter Sunday or Resurrection Day, without Christ's death, burial and resurrection we would not have forgiveness of our sins and eternal life. Here you will find a list of song that celebrate our joy of a risen Savior.
We worship a risen Savior! The triumphant victory of the crucified Savior over the grave is something Christians should celebrate all year long, not just at Easter that we may know Him and the power of His resurrection (Phil 3:10.) Here is a list of top songs themed around the Resurrection.
The cross represents the significant sacrifice Jesus made for all of mankind. He took our place, bearing our debt, paying our wages of sin so that we do not have to bear the nail scars but instead can have life everlasting. Here is a compiled list of songs that are centered around the cross.
Living Hope and King of Kings found a comfortable home at the top of our modern hymn lists during 2020. The modern hymns in this list were made to tell the Gospel story in a way that an entire congregation can sing together, declaring the Gospel to each other and the world! Sing these amazing anthems with your church in the years to come!
A lot of things came to a grinding halt this year, with lockdowns and reduced gatherings. These artists found ways to create and write in the midst of it all, whether in home studios, with small groups, or other creative ways, putting out powerful and relevant worship music for the Church wherever it was spread. Enjoy this list of the top 100 new worship songs that came out in 2020.
Leading a congregation with only one voice and one guitar isn't easy, but so many worship leaders took on this task in 2020. Acoustic worship songs, whether in person or online, have a power that was rediscovered in a big way this year. These were the most popular acoustic versions of worship songs downloaded from PraiseCharts in 2020.
Live worship was difficult this year, but worship radio found it's stride. While The Blessing was the top radio hit of the year, from this year, there are many other amazing radio versions of worship songs that really caught on again this year in a new way. Check out these condensed radio editions of your favorite worship songs!
Choral anthems are stirring rally-cries of faith. These songs have become the anthems of choirs across the United States and the world. These are the most popular choral anthems downloaded from PraiseCharts in 2020. Sing one of these with your church choir this weekend!
2020 is a year that will go down in history. The way we worship and the way we do church was redefined for Christians all over the world. Even so, there have been some incredible new worship songs written in 2020, including The Blessing (Kari Jobe), Graves Into Gardens (Elevation Worship), and Battle Belongs (Phil Wickham). Here is a complete list of the most popular worship songs in 2020.