After the dark unraveling service of Good Friday Easter Sunday comes crashing in like a wrecking ball. Punctuated by the liturgy "Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!" Easter Sunday is full of loud "Hallelujahs" which were not present at all in Lent.
CHRIST IS RISEN - MATT MAHER
Robbie Klein and I took the chorus and bridge of this song and added our own "Hallelujah" chorus to it.
CHRIST THE LORD IS RISEN TODAY
It was Jen Fisher who introduced me to this hymn. She grew up singing it in her Lutheran church and suggested that she'd like to hear it sung on Easter Sunday. Once again Robbie and I took our surgical musical instruments to this one and crafted our own particular version in a rock shuffle style. I thought this version was pretty kicking when I was looking around online but its nothing like ours!
THE WINTER IS O'ER - BEN GRACE
Last year winter was brutal and as we got into Eastertide I was so blown away the change of seasons and how it lined up with the church calendar that I ended up writing a whole bunch of songs around the theme of Spring. I blogged more about the origin of this song over here.
SUNDAY CAME - GARAGE HYMNAL
Garage Hymnal is my favourite Aussie worship band. I sang in the choir on the live recording of this song and have always loved how it holds back and then finally rings out in triumphant Hallelujahs. I feel like this song artfully tells the span of Good Friday to Easter Sunday.
BECAUSE HE LIVES - BILL AND GLORIA GAITHER
Ummm. I love this song. I first encountered it on the David Crowder*Band's last album as the Gaither hymns movement wasn't as influential in Australia as it was here in the US. I particularly loved the poetry of a band closing our their final album together with a song about facing an unknown tomorrow without fear. So that's the version I've posted here.