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.
Eternal God, Ruler of all ages, graciously you come to us in order that we might come to you, through the merit of Jesus Christ, strengthened by the Holy Spirit. Help us and all your children to respond to the call of your gospel with faith, love, and hope.
God of faith, you created humanity to serve and praise you; and even when we rebelled against you, you 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.
Watchword for the Week
Jesus said, “You will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” Mark 14:62
Deliverance belongs to the Lord; may your blessing be on your people! Psalm 3:8
Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. Matthew 9:35
Prayer for Today
Lord Jesus, on this Palm Sunday, we greet you with anthems sweet. Like the
crowd, we welcome you with great anticipations. We walk with you this Holy Week to the cross and garden tomb, knowing that Easter Sunday is coming! Amen
Congregation Watchword for the Year
The Lord will bless his people with peace. Psalm 29:1