Song Ideas for First Sunday of Lent

Responsorial Psalm:

Your Ways, O Lord by Mikey Needleman (WLP) from the CD Your Wayslisten this recording has quite an upbeat feel to it, though it could be played in a more reflective way

(SEASONAL) With the Lord there Is Mercy by Ed Bolduc (  – listen

(SEASONAL) Be Merciful, O Lord by Steve Angrisano (spiritandsong) from the CD Set Free

(SEASONAL) *Have Mercy on Us for We Have Sinned by W. Clifford Petty (WLP) from the CD In Spirit and Truth and the collection Voices As One vol. 2  listen


Free Lenten Mass Parts: Here is a link to my website which has all kinds of unpublished music, including a Holy, Amen, and Lamb of God that I’ve been using for some time now during the season of Lent. Just scroll down to LENTEN SONGS and click on the Mass Parts.


40 Days by Matt Maher (spiritandsong) from the CD Welcome to Life  “‘’Cause in the desert of temptation…”  (Preparation / Closing)

Be With Me, Lord by Tom Booth (spiritandsong) from the CD Find Us Ready  “When I’m in trouble and don’t know where to go…”  (Preparation / Communion)

*Blessed Be Your Name by Matt and Beth Redman (Capitol CMG/CCLI) from the collection Voices As One vol. 2 and found on the CD Strong In Faith  listen  “Blessed be your name when I’m found in the desert place, though I walk through the wilderness…”  (Preparation / Closing)

Christ In Me, Arise by Trevor Thomson (spiritandsong) from the CD Christ In Me, Arise  “Christ in me, arise with your power and your strength.”  (use anywhere except Psalm)

Create a Clean Heart In Me by Lorraine Hess (WLP) from the CD As I Pray and found in the collection More Voices as One vol. 2 listen  (Preparation / Communion)

*Create a Clean Heart by Tom Booth (Tom Booth) from the collection Voices As One vol. 2 and found on the CD Forever Will I Sing  listen  (Communion)

Desert Song by Brooke Ligertwood (Capitol CMG/CCLI)  listen on SongSelect  “This is my prayer in the desert when all that is in me feels dry…”  (Preparation / Closing)

Into the Desert by Curtis Stephan and Sarah Hart (spiritandsong) from the CD Amid Passing Things  “In the desert your life will bloom, out of despair is hope renewed.”  (use anywhere but Psalm)

*Journey for Home by Ed Bolduc (WLP) from the CD The Face of God and the collection Voices As One vol. 1  “In our weakness we’re made strong. In our suffering we’re made stronger.”   (use anywhere but Psalm)

Lead Me to the Cross by Brooke Ligertwood (Capitol CMG/CCLI) listen on SongSelect   (Preparation / Communion / Closing)

Lord, I Need You by Nockels/Carson/Reeves/Stanfill/Maher (Capitol CMG/CCLI)  listen on SongSelect  “Teach my sound to rise to you when temptation comes my way…”  (Communion)

O Come to the Altar by Brown/Brock/Furtick/Joye (Essential Music Pub/CCLI)  listen on SongSelect  (Gathering / Preparation / Communion)

**Return to God by J. Angotti/Hommerding (WLP) from the CD Joy Beyond Our Dreams and the collection More Voices As One vol. 1  listen “From desert to the mountaintop…”  (use anywhere but Psalm)

Rise from the Ashes by Craig Colson (WLP) from the CD I Am the Way  listen  “With the Spirit as our guide, we will rise.”  (Preparation / Communion)

So Beautiful by Jacob and Matthew (WLP) from the CD Every Day and found in the collection More Voices as One vol. 2  listen  (Communion)

Tree of Life by Aaron Thompson (WLP) from the CD 10,000 Angels and the collection More Voices As One vol. 1  listen  “Through the desert we must travel, tasting hunger, knowing thirst.”  (Communion)

Turn Our Hearts Around by Trevor Thomson (WLP) from the CD In Shadow and In Light and found in the collection More Voices as One vol. 3  listen  “We are tempted and we are fooled by sin’s beautiful disguise. Bring us back, turn our hearts around.”  (Communion)

* indicates instrumental parts available for these titles in the Voices As One series. All titles from this series have C and B-flat instrument parts. Select titles have Saxophone and Brass parts. 

** available as an eBundle (contains various instrumentation depending on the specific title)