• Eric Arnason

Easter Day, Every Day: Songs of Inspiration from the Gospel

Today, I was combing through my previous master song list for Easter to consider what songs we might want to include in this year's Easter service. As I was listening to and thinking about these songs, I was at the same time inspired and saddened. I was inspired by incredible music (both lyrically and musically), and inspired by the richness, depth, breadth, height and length of the love of Christ described in the Gospel. It was overwhelmingly amazing to worship through these songs. But then the thought hit me -- Oh, no! Many of the folks in our church don't know some of these songs. Why not? Honestly, it would be very easy for me to explain it (or explain it away): "Oh, it's just not their kind of music," or "There are other songs that may go better with the pastor's message," or "As a generationally-diverse and culturally-diverse church, these songs might only connect with a few people," or "We probably only have the capacity to introduce a maximum of 12 new songs per year; so we better choose something that balances longevity, connection, sing-ability, and relevance to this week's particular message or theme".

While some of this may be true, I still cannot explain away the truth that the gospel message is at the very heart of our worship. It is always fitting -- 365 days a year. Songs about the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ are as timely appropriate for our everyday worship as they are for a special corporate Easter service that's here on minute and gone the next. For that reason, I'm declaring it "Easter Day, Every Day"!

I love to watch worship videos on YouTube. It gets my mind and heart focused on Christ, and cultivates within me a heart of worship. Today, I am listing a bunch of gospel-rich songs to help you live out the gospel in your heart and life. I hope these songs will be a help to your personal worship as you celebrate "Easter Day, Every Day"! Alive in Us (Hillsong)

All Things New (Elevation)

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) (Chris Tomlin)

At the Cross (Hillsong)

At the Cross (Love Ran Red) (Chris Tomlin)

Because He Lives (Amen) (Matt Maher)

Call Upon the Lord (Elevation)

Christ Is Risen (Matt Maher)

Christ Is Risen (Mack Brock)

Come People of the Risen King (Keith and Kristyn Getty)

Crown Him (Majesty) (Chris Tomlin)

Crowns (Hillsong)

Death Was Arrested (North Point)

Forever (We Sing Hallelujah) (Kari Jobe)

God So Loved the World (John Stainer)

Grace Flows Down (Christy Nockels)

Great Things (Phil Wickham)

Hallelujah for the Cross (Chris McClarney)

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us (Stuart Townend)

How Great Is Your Love (Passion)

I Will Rise (Chris Tomlin)

In Christ Alone (Kristian Stanfill)

It Is Finished (Passion)

Jesus Messiah (Chris Tomlin)

Jesus Paid It All/O Praise the One (Kristian Stanfill)

Jesus Saves (Tim Hughes)

Lamb of God (Vertical Church) Lead Me to the Cross (Hillsong)

Man of Sorrows (Hillsong)

My Redeemer Lives (Hillsong)

Nothing But the Blood (Matt Redman)

O Come to the Altar (Elevation)

O Praise the Name (Anastasis) (Hillsong)

O the Blood (Kari Jobe)

O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus (Sovereign Grace)

Oh the Power (Kari Jobe)

Once Again (Matt Redman)

Only King Forever (Elevation)

Our God Saves (Brenton Brown, Paul Baloche)

Overcome (Jeremy Camp)

Praise the King (Corey Voss)

Raised to Life (Elevation)

Rejoice the Lord Is King (Tommy Walker)

Resurrecting (Elevation)

Resurrection Day (Rend Collective)

Salvation Belongs to Our God (Adrian Howard, Pat Turner)

Same Power (Jeremy Camp)

Scandal of Grace (Hillsong)

See What a Morning (Keith and Kristyn Getty)

Stronger (Hillsong)

Sweetly Broken (Jeremy Riddle)

The Anthem (Planetshakers)

The Cross Has the Final Word (Cody Carnes)

The Cross of Christ (Chris Tomlin)

The Power of the Cross (Keith and Kristyn Getty)

The Wonderful Cross (Chris Tomlin)

Unstoppable God Victor’s Crown (Darlene Zschech)

What a Beautiful Name (Hillsong)

Worthy of Your Name (Passion)

Worthy Is the Lamb (Hillsong)

You Are My King (Amazing Love)

Your Love Awakens Me (Phil Wickham)


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