Free Lenten Playlist: 40 Hymns & Worship Songs for Lent & Good Friday

by Bobby Gilles

in Worship Leading

Looking for songs for Ash Wednesday, Lent, Holy Week and Good Friday? We’ve got 40 good ones from a variety of artists and ministries, which you can stream for free. First, listen to our new song Bless The Lord Who Gives And Takes from Parker’s Mercy Brigade. This song declares the message of Lent, that we are mortals, broken by sorrows and destined to be “pressed, crushed, slain” and brought to dust, but that Christ is our help and savior, the “man of sorrows” who bore our pain and suffered in our place. “When grief presses you to the dust, worship God there.” – Charles Spurgeon.

Chord chart here. Story behind “Bless The Lord Who Gives And Takes” here. YouTube lyric video here.

Now, listen for free to the My Song In The Night 40-Song Lent Playlist on Spotify. Whether you’re a worship pastor looking for song ideas for your Lenten worship service planning or a Christian who wants over 2 hours of songs for your personal devotions and periods of reflection during the liturgical season of Lent, Kristen and I believe you’ll be glad you listened to these songs.

We’ve chosen hymns and worship songs from “major label” artists as well as worship music ministers you might never have heard before. Given Spotify’s tiny royalty payments to writers & performers, we hope if you discover a song or artist you like on this list, you’ll consider purchasing some of their albums. One goal of our diverse playlists is to expose you to bands and songs you may not have heard.

Lent is a season for lament and hope, for acknowledging “from dust we are, to dust we’ll return,” for confession and repentance, and for expressing our assurance in Christ’s atonement for us on the cross. These songs will move you progressively from Ash Wednesday through Lent, Passion Sunday, Holy Week, Maundy Thursday, the Garden of Gethsemane, and Good Friday.

Listen Here On Spotify: 42 Hymns & Worship Songs for Lent & Good Friday

1. Kyrie — Bifrost Arts

2. In Adam All Die — Shai Linne

3. Lead Us Back — Sojourn

4. Abiding City — Sandra McCracken

5. Economy — John Mark McMillan

6. From Deep Distress — Sojourn

7. Come Heal This World — Stephen Miller

8. How Long, Oh Lord — City Hymns

9. Let Your Blood Plead For Me — Sojourn

10. Awakening (Dry Bones) — Daniel Bashta

11. Surrender — Joe Day

12. Be Still My Soul — Leigh Nash

13. Living Faith — Sojourn

14. Boasting — Lecrae w/ Anthony Evans

15. Call Me To Live — Saint Lewis

16. Wake Up Sleeper — Gungor

17. Come Ye Disconsolate — Indelible Grace

18. Blessed Be Your Name — Matt Redman

19. Only Your Blood — Sojourn

20. The Power of the Cross — Keith & Kristyn Getty

21. He Never Said A Mumblin’ Word — Bifrost Arts

22. She Must and Shall Go Free — Derek Webb

23. My Song In The Night — Kristen Gilles

24. Were You There? — Shai Linne

25. What Have We Done? — Joe Day

26. To Live Is Christ — Sovereign Grace

27. Bread of the World in Mercy Broken — Zac Hicks & Cherry Street Worship

28. Beneath the Cross of Jesus — Keith & Kristyn Getty

29. The Wonderful Cross — Chris Tomlin with Matt Redman

30. Did God Leave All Mankind To Perish? — Bruce Benedict

31. Jesus Paid It All — Aaron Keyes

32. O The Blood — Gateway Worship

33. It Is Finished — Matt Papa

34. At The Cross — Daniel Renstrom

35. To The Cross I Cling — Village Church

36. Beautiful, Wonderful Cross — Matt Boswell

37. All I Have Is Christ — Sovereign Grace

38. Jesus Saves — Carlos Whittaker

39. Great Redeemer — Paul Baloche

40. Before the Throne of God Above — Sojourn

our other Spotify worship song playlists:

If the songs on our Spotify playlists bless you, and your budget allows, support the artists by purchasing their music on iTunes, Amazon, or their own websites.

*Performance royalty organizations (BMI and ASCAP) do collect fees from Spotify for writers registered with them, but these are much lower amounts than if you buy physical CDs or mp3 downloads. If interested, here is a lot more info on Spotify payments, and pro-con commentary in the comments section.

Also see The New Economics of the Music Industry: How Artists Really Make Money In The Cloud — Or Don’t, and Derek Webb’s comparison of Spotify and Noisetrade.


Photo courtesy Dan Canales 

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Arlene Boehnlein Rice March 5, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Thank you so much for these songs to listen to during the lent season. So appreciate you guys!

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