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Palm Sunday (Liturgy of the Passion), Year C
Inspired by Luke 22:14-23:56 (Luke 23:1-49).

Opening Prayers or Call to Worship

Lord,
We know you suffered anguish
and we think we have a glimmer
of what that feels like.
We are only human:
lost, afraid, angry, in pain.
We come in our brokenness
to stand with you in yours,
to pour out our griefs
and to remember a troubled world.
Amen.

Intercession

The suffering of Christ
is the suffering of all people,
the suffering of all creation.
For those enduring cruel accusations and poisonous comments,
we gather in solidarity, seeking truth and speaking peace.
Let us stand before the Lord and say,
[all] Lord, have mercy.

For those suffering under bad laws or chaotic government,

we demand justice for all and leadership in the open.
Let us stand before the Lord and say,
[all] Lord, have mercy.

For those feeling isolated and lost in a lonely world,
we hold out hands of friendship, aware that we are all one body.
Let us stand before the Lord and say,
[all] Lord, have mercy.

For those burdened with pain, anxiety or grief,
we share the strength that only God gives.
Let us stand before the Lord and say,
[all] Lord, have mercy.

For those blinkered by anger and expressing only hate,
we offer humility and a glimpse of a more wonderful world.
Let us stand before the Lord and say,
[all] Lord, have mercy.

For those in anguish, mocked or scorned,
we come as friends carrying peace and hope.
Let us stand before the Lord and say,
[all] Lord, have mercy.

For this world, groaning under the burden of human indifference,
we acknowledge that we have all been guilty
and we need a more humble understanding of our place.
Let us stand before the Lord and say,
[all] Lord, have mercy.

Holy God,holy and strong,
holy and forever,
have mercy on us.
Amen.

© Rod Belt 2019


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