On this day, O God, we gather with the children who lead the crowd into Jerusalem that first Palm Sunday;
And we consort with the scribes and leaders who condemn Jesus.
We work with the disciples to prepare the way,
And we linger with those who do not understand.
We follow the crowd, shouting, “Hosanna,”
The same crowd who will say all the louder, “Crucify him!”
We celebrate the Son of David,
And we confess we do not follow him to the end. Forgive us, Lord, when we deny you, when we fail to love as you loved or to serve as you served. As we find ourselves in your story this week, reveal the grace you share all the way, even on the cross, Amen. (silent prayer)
Assurance of Grace
One: Brothers and sisters, hear the good news! Who is in a position to condemn? Only Christ, and Christ died for us, Christ rose for us, Christ reigns in power for us, Christ prays for us! (Romans 8:34) Friends, believe the good news!
All: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.
Submitted by Laura Cunningham, Western Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC