Lent is a time to walk with Jesus and bring your troubles to the foot of the cross. Well, it must be getting pretty crowded around the foot of that there cross in this Season of Lent, 2020. We enter into Holy Week with the image of a red cross on a white background emblazoned on our hearts and our newsfeeds, so let us take a moment to offer a prayer for the doctors, nurses, and first responders on the front lines of this world-wide fight against an unseen enemy.
It’s going to be weird not being able to come together to pray and worship in the communal way that has been our custom during these sacred days of the church calendar, but we must keep in mind that God hears us just as well (and sometimes even better!) when we’re at home. And that’s where our Church Drunk Stations of the Cross Playlist comes in! We first shared one of these back in 2017 as a simple way to pray the stations throughout Lent and Holy Week. Then, we updated it with new soundtracks for 2018 and 2019, and now we’re back again with a new version for these strange days of 2020. There’s a million ways to pray the stations online, and as many of us around the world shelter in place, you might just have a chance to explore all of them! Hopefully this playlist is something that you can put on in the background as you clean your house or Zoom your friends (or wash your hands!), and it can be one more step toward the goal of a life that sings with unceasing prayer. Or, if you’ve got time to spare, you can put on the playlist, close your eyes, and meditate for an hour or so. Up to you!
If you Spotify, here’s a full playlist you can use. And we always love to hear what you think of our choices for our stations – this stuff works for us, but maybe you need a different vibe. Hit us up in the comments with your favorite songs for particular stations, and any suggestions you’ve got for how to make improvements. And if you think this list is just the worst thing ever, then by all means feel free to make your own! And as you work your way through our list (or your own), be sure to do two things: 1) Thank Jesus for walking with us through our global time of need; 2) Ask him to spend some quality time with those who are most affected by this pandemic.
Station I: Jesus is Condemned – “Capital Crimes” by Andrew Bird
Station II: Jesus Carries the Cross – “I Will Go” by Scythian
Station III: Jesus Falls the First Time – “Fortune” by William Fitzsimmons
Station IV: Jesus Meets His Mother – “My Arms Were Always Around You” by Peter Bradley Adams
Station V: Simon Helps Jesus Carry the Cross – “Hymn #101” by Joe Pug
Station VI: Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus – “My Sweet Refuge” by Roo Panes
Station VII: Jesus Falls the Second Time – “Rescue Me” by The Wind and The Wave
Station VIII: Jesus Meets the Holy Women – “In the Dark” by The Ballroom Thieves
Station IX: Jesus Falls the Third Time – “How Long” by Bifrost Arts
Station X: Jesus is Stripped of His Garments – “Hold Your Head Up High” by Darlingside
Station XI: Jesus is Nailed to the Cross – “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding” by Shovels & Rope with Lucius
Station XII: Jesus Dies – “Love Brought Weight” by Old Sea Brigade
Station XIII: Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross – “Lenny Bruce Lee” by Craig Cardiff
Station XIV: Jesus is Laid in the Tomb – “Kilimanjaro” by Beta Radio