Call to confession:
When the parade is over, do we pick up our lives,
brush them off, and live in the old way? Do we toss
our palm branches aside, so we can grasp the seductions
of the world? As we begin the journey through the
holiest of weeks, let us speak the truth, as we confess
to our God, praying together,
(Prayer of Confession)
Assurance of Pardon
L: Laying aside judgment, God offers us redemption;
setting aside anger, God embraces us with love;
letting go of grief, God pours living water upon us.
This is the good news, my friends:
God’s steadfast love endures forever.
P: Hosanna! Hosanna!
Blessed is the One who brings us
the kingdom of God! Amen.
Submitted by Rev. Thom Shuman, author of Lectionary Liturgies.