Palm Sunday (Liturgy of the Palms), Year C
Inspired by Luke 19:28-40.
Opening prayers or Call to worship
We are here Lord:
the young and the old, rich and poor,
the wise and the foolish, healthy and infirm,
some joyful, some disheartened,
some restless, others settled,
the skilled and unskilled,
we are here.
We come to see the one who saves,
come to be saved,
come to have joy,
come to worship,
come to belong.
We come to a place where your heaven
meets our lives,
and we come to be changed.
We stand among crowds of other people lord,
and the faces around us tell many tales:
tales of joy and anguish, love and loss,
tales of frustration and triumph, hope and despair.
We are surrounded by amazing individuals
and we pray for them to be surrounded by you.
For family carers, always there,
coping with anything, lovingly making everything just right:
give them continued energy and give them support
For the in-the-background people,
at every event and in every group, quietly gluing our community together:
give them the joy that will sustain them tomorrow and the next day.
For teachers and scholars and seekers of knowledge,
thirsting to understand the universe, struggling to explain the detail:
give a fresh love as you cut through the noise.
For people doing mundane jobs,
Trying to find satisfaction in repetitive tasks:
Give them the knowledge that they are so much more than that.
For healers and peacemakers and rebuilders of lives,
restoring people and communities from brokenness to your image:
give them continued wonder at life and its ability to grow and heal.
For those who make laws and all who enforce them,
for those who govern nations in turmoil:
give a calm hand, a clear head and a respect for all people.
For those who are seeking to live your way,
for those lost in prayer or repenting past wrongs:
give a new vision of the world you desire.
For those who are searching for their purpose or role,
for those who knew their place but now have doubt:
give the peace of knowing that all you require is a loving heart.
Accept Lord all the work we do and all the roles we play
as our daily worship of you;
help us to accept and support and encourage each other,
© Rod Belt 2013, 2016