Many Christians around the world will be celebrating Ash Wednesday tomorrow. As the first of the 40 days of Lent (not including Sundays), it is always a labor to plan music for. Surely the main reason for that is because of primary focus on the fact of our imminent death. But it is more than that. It’s a coming to terms with death as a Christian. Our lives are eternal, and, through the crimson lens of the cross, they are purposeful and hopeful. C.S. Lewis said,
All that is not eternal is eternally useless.
So here’s a song selection that attempts to grasp that our lives are finite, but not futile; that we are sinners, but we have an all-satisfying Savior, whose mercies are new every morning of our (short) lives.
Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy (Em)
Lord have Mercy (F to G)
Tender Mercy (D)
His Forever (C to D)
Instrumental Music for Communion and Imposition of Ashes
You Are My King
I Will Glory in My Redeemer