20+ Good Friday songs for worship & reflection

Alongside Easter and Lent music, finding selections of new Good Friday music is sometimes a tricky endeavour. So we’re really excited to share with you over 20 of our favourite new songs and albums for 2019, both for times of worship and times of reflection.

Do let us know if you have any other suggestions, or plan to use the music in any Good Friday services this year – we’d love to hear from you!

You can also listen to all of these songs on our 90-minute-long playlist on Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer, which also includes a few extra songs for you to enjoy!

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NEW FOR 2019! 1. Salt Of The Sound – Beyond Here (album)

Genre: Ambient Worship

We often receive feedback that our Salt Of The Sound music is perfect for times of personal prayer of worship, and this new album fits really well in the context of Lent and in particular Good Friday. The opening track Shelter, echoes the call of Jesus on the cross, as well as our own cry out to God to come and save us, and meet us in our need. Other tracks which feature on the playlist from the album are Take Me Broken, and the instrumental Through The Storm.

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2. Audrey Assad – Death Be Not Proud (EP)

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

A truly beautiful, reflective EP from

Audrey Assad

, which meditates on and explores many of the themes of Good Friday. Perfect for personal listening, and also for use in Good Friday services. Very highly recommended!

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NEW FOR 2019! 3. The Many – Forgive Us

Genre: Worship

We were excited when we heard about

The Many

, an ‘intentionally diverse music collective’ born out of Chicago. This beautiful track ‘Forgive Us’ helps us to centre ourselves during this Lent and Easter season, as we look to the cross for our hope, despite our own failings. From the richness of their harmonies to the rawness of the lead vocals – the whole track is crafted with a sense of simplicity that takes you straight to the heart of its message.

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4. Salt Of The Sound – Lent, Vol. 1 & Meditations, Vol. 3

Genre: Ambient

We have continued to try and foster a spirit of reflection and contemplation through our music, and this is especially true in our two most recent releases. From the 17-minute ‘prayer journey’ of In Prayer, to the reworkings of the classic hymns ‘I Need Thee Every Hour’ and ‘It Is Well’ in Lent, Vol. 1 – it is our hope and prayer that these releases invite you in to be able to meditate on the Lenten themes of sacrifice, forgiveness, and reliance on God.

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5. The Fray – Be Still

Genre: Alternative

This not so recent release from

The Fray

remains a perfect invitation for us to enter into, and dwell in the presence of God.

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6. Casting Crowns – Your Love Is Extravagant

Genre: CCM

From their debut album, which is surely one of the classic Christian music albums of the past 15 years,

Casting Crowns

’ Your Love Is Extravagant is a beautiful song that is perfect as a music item in Good Friday services, and as a reminder of the love that Jesus showed for us by dying on the cross.

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Monday Morning Meditations

Monday Morning Meditations is a weekly email-based reflection from Salt of the Sound. Through music, visuals, and a short text to meditate on, we hope that this will allow you to stop, breathe and start your week refreshed.

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7. Steven Curtis Chapman – Our God Is In Control

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

This classic song has made a reappearance on our Good Friday playlist for 2019, as its theme seems to transcend time and is as appropriate today as ever: the lyrics of the second verse read ‘This is not where we planned to be, when we started this journey, but this is where we are, and our God is in control’.

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NEW FOR 2019 8. Narrow Skies – A Memory Remains

Genre: Ambient Pop

This pared-back version of A Memory Remains from

Narrow Skies

’ Acoustic Sessions EP speaks of the loss that comes with the fading of the seasons, and uses this metaphor to echo the message of the cross through its artistic expression and use of natural imagery.

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9. Josh Garrels – Good Friday

Genre: Alternative

Josh Garrels

’ distinctive voice and lyrical depth invite the listener on a storytelling journey, which speaks of loss and death through the lyrics: when we laid your body down / In the earth and in the ground / Oh Lord, rest your bones /Will a hope be made good /If your words are understood / In the day, will we see you again?

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NEW FOR 2019! 10. The Brilliance – Will We Ever Rise & Rescue Me

Genre: Alternative

The Brilliance has featured on this playlist in years gone by with their song ‘All Is Not Lost’. This year, their music makes an appearance again with the songs ‘Rescue Me’ and ‘Will We Ever Rise’. There is so much depth each release from The Brilliance and so many of their songs lend themselves as the perfect accompaniment to the Easter story.

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BONUS! 11. Instrumental Music for Good Friday – Christian Meditation Music

Genre: Reflective

If you are looking for Instrumental music for your church service or times of personal meditation this Good Friday, we have compiled a list of some of the best instrumental music by Christian artists.

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posted by Anita Tatlow on February 27, 2019