Architect of our grace:
from your house we praise you.
Your love is never taken from us;
your goodness is the constant in our lives.
We worship you.
Sorrow of our salvation:
you dared to listen to God
instead of the cheers
of the crowd
and the jeers
of your enemies.
We walk with you.
Glory of God:
you give us light
so we might see
the One who comes;
you open our ears,
so we might hear
the whispers of hope;
you sustain the weary,
so we might journey
through this week.
We welcome you.
God in Community, Holy in One, hear us as we pray as Jesus taught,
Our Father . . .
Submitted by Thom Shuman via lectionaryliturgies.blogspot.com
We believe in the God who is the pillar of fire and the pillar of cloud.
We trust in our Holy Parent who judges and shows mercy.
We hope in our Creator who is faithful to all that is seen and unseen.
We believe in the Jesus who rode in triumph into Jerusalem.
We trust in the Messiah who was crucified, died, and was buried.
We hope in the living Christ who walked out of the tomb.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, giver of faith and formation.
We trust in the Breath of Life who stirs, sustains, and sanctifies.
We hope in our Advocate who brings to us, and through, us the gift of God’s peace.
Submitted by Rev. Julia Seymour, Lutheran Church of Hope, Anchorage AK via LiturgyLink.
From the United Church of Christ.
Loving God, at this time,
we remember that going up to Jerusalem
cost Jesus his very life.
So we come before you,
conscious of the way religious words
and holy phrases
can slip so easily from our lazy lips
and our hardened hearts.
What do we really know
of your mountainous truth,
your rock-hard integrity,
the depth of your suffering
for love of us all?
Forgive us for the shallowness
of our faith
and the timidity of our following:
forgive us for the ready excuses
we make for going our own way
and claiming it as yours.
Turn us round again, we pray,
by your Holy Spirit,
active within us and among us.
Show us how to be open again
to your faithfulness
and to your freedom,
that we may live
and be again bearers
of the seeds of the realm
From the United Church of Christ. From the perspective of Jesus….
there will be no flight into Egypt.
This donkey has too much to carry,
and too far.
The shadows wait for me,
around the table at Passover,
among those in high places
in the condemned cell,
on the hill outside.
Fear haunts my waking moments
and I cannot sleep.
Why has God forsaken me?
The crowd today is with me,
but not for long.
They are the powerless ones
(the ones who matter).
The ones who count
Time is running out.
there will be no flight into Egypt.
The following is a benediction from the United Church of Christ.
Before this week ends, the Palm branches will be drying on the roadside.
The joyful crowd will become an angry mob,
and Jesus will replace robes of victory with a crown of thorns.
So then, go in the knowledge that whatever comes to you in this week,
you are held in the hand of God, hugged tight, held close,
and may God, the Three-in One,
bless you, uphold you and give you strength for the journey ahead. Amen.
The following Call to Worship is by Thom Shuman, submitted via LiturgyLink.
We come to prepare for the holiest of weeks.
We will journey through praise, with joy on our lips;
we will travel through betrayal and death,
cradling hope deep in our hearts
Jesus leads us through this week, and we will follow,
for he is the life we long for,
he is the Word who sustains us.
We wave palm branches in anticipation,
we lay our love before him, to cushion his walk
Setting aside all power, glory, and might, he comes:
modeling humility and obedience for all of us.
Blessed is the One who brings us
the kingdom of God.
Submitted by Rev. Thom Shuman, author of Lectionary Liturgies.
The following Prayer for Illumination is by Scott Cervas, submitted via LiturgyLink.
in the midst of the loud “Hosannas!”,
as the waving palm leaves rustle in unison,
quiet our pre-conceived notions…
and hush our sure grasp of your truth…
so that we may, perhaps, discover something
about your vision…your hope…your purpose for our life…
that changes the way we think, act, and do.
Submitted by Scott Cervas, pastor at Meadowthorpe Presbyterian Church (Lexington, KY)