Palm Sunday 2022

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We’re marching to Zion,

Beautiful, beautiful Zion,

We’re marching upward to Zion,

The beautiful city of God.

#590 AAHH

Father, we confess that we have sinned against you, yet we know that you love us still. In your steadfast love, forgive our feeble worship which we offer to you; pardon our paltry praise; extend your mercy to us in our failure to be genuine in our fellowship one with other; and absolve our tendency to neglect attending to the needs of those who are the least among us.

Reclaim us as your own for we truly repent of our sins as we resolve to follow in our Lord’s footsteps. We embrace our Father’s promise to us: a new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. AMEN

Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna! We come to worship Jesus, God Who Saves! Amen.

We praise you, the Lord God of Israel! You came to the help of your people and have set them free. You have raised up for us a mighty Savior, a descendant of your servant David. You promised through your holy prophets long ago that you would save us from our enemies, from the power of all those who hate us.

You have shown the mercy promised to our ancestors and have remembered your holy covenant. With a solemn oath to our ancestor Abraham, you promised to rescue us from our enemies and allow us to serve you without fear,

So that we might be holy and righteous before you all the days of our life. By your tender mercy you cause the bright dawn of salvation to rise on us. To give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Our sovereign Redeemer, we join the people of Jerusalem offering our own shouts of praise and celebration at your coming. Although we welcome you today with the multitude on Palm Sunday, we confess we have also stood with the condemning crowd on Good Friday. Our thoughts, words, and deeds have cried, “Crucify!” We turn to you for help and forgiveness, gracious Savior; not because we deserve it, but because you are forgiving. Save us from our sinful ways and restore us to a life of loyalty to you. Amen.

God of faith, you created humanity to serve and praise you and even when we rebelled against you, you have promised to send a Savior to redeem us from our sins

Strengthen our faith in your saving work through Christ. As you chose the people of Israel to hear the promise of redemption through the prophets, may people today believe in your good will for all that you have made.

God of love, you fulfilled your promise of a redeemer in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Grant us the gifts of the Holy Spirit that we may share your love with the sick and the afflicted, with the poor and the homeless, with the victims of injustice and discrimination, and with all who are experiencing times of trouble.

God of hope, you comfort us through our Savior’s promise to return in glory at the end of time. As we await the coming of the Prince of Peace, let us not despair. We long for you to inspire all the nations and peoples of the world to turn to cooperation and nurture, rather than to hatred and destruction.

God of faith, love, and hope, to you and to you alone we pray for you are our God, the only God, forever and ever. Amen.

December 2022

Watchword for the Week

Let those who fear the Lord say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”
Psalm 118:14

Watchword for Today

I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob.
Isaiah 8:17

Doctrinal Text

We wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity.
Titus 2:13-14

Prayer for Today

Wondrous Lord, we are stunned by your courageous entrance, your costly sacrifice, and your extraordinary love. In return, we offer palms streaming with our love and affection, our time and treasures, our awe and all. Amen