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I asked Nils Holmgren from Tokai Community Church and Rob Booth from St James Kenilworth to share some ideas for new songs that churches could learn in the build up to Easter.

Below are their suggestions. I have no doubt that somewhere in the 15 songs below you will find one that will go down well in your church.

Rob Booth

I’ve tried to choose a slightly eclectic mix to have something to suit most people from the Getty’s to Vertical church band!

So here we go – all written in the last 5 years [3 in the last 3 years]:

1)  Christ is risen, he is risen indeed  – Keith & Kristen Getty and Ed Cash


2)  On the darkest day of all – Resound Worship


3)  Glorious – Paul Baloche 

4) Our Hope is alive – Neil & Kate DeGraide – Sovereign Grace Music

5)  How great is the love – Meredith Andrews – Vertical Church band

sung by Heather Headley

Bonus track!!  

This one is not so congregational but a really nice track to either listen to or present as a solo item on an Easter theme.

–  Each day I live – Liv Chapman & Gavin Perkins – Emu Music  

http://us.emumusic.com/each-day-i-live    –  Preview and lyrics here.

Full track and ‘atonement’ album available to purchase on itunes

If you want anything else or don’t like any of the above; there’s always:  Your grace finds me – Matt Redman which has gone down very well at St.James.

and from an African Language side of things:  Uyinkosi Yamakhosi 


Nils Holmgren

Here are my suggestions for great Easter songs:

1) Man of sorrows – Hillsong (brilliant anthem on the cross)


2) It is finished – Red Mountain Music (older hymn reworked with a great new melody)

3) Grace and peace – Joel Sczebel (implications of the cross for me)

4) I will rise – Chris Tomlin (beautifully ties Christ’s resurrection to our resurrection hope)

5) Now why this fear – Sovereign Grace (another old hymn given new life)

6) Behold our God – Sovereign Grace (moves from Christ’s eternal majesty through his atonement to finish with his resurrection and exaltation)

7) Glorious Day – Casting Crowns