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prayer of dedication for Palm Sunday

(based on Psalm 118:26-29)
Blessed is the one who comes in your name, Lord!
With these gifts, we would follow you
even as you lead us into the deepest sacrifice.
We glory in the drama of your salvation.
We give you thanks, because you are good,
because your faithful love lasts forever. Amen.
submitted by Rev. Nathan Williams, Covenant Presbyterian Church, West Des Moines, IA

palms and passion: an order of service for Palm Sunday

This order of service for Palm/Passion Sunday breaks up the readings for the Revised Common Lectionary Year C throughout worship.

Call to Worship (perhaps this call to worship by Thom Shuman)

Prayer of Invocation

The Entry into Jerusalem: Luke 19:28-44

Hymn of Praise: Hosanna, Loud Hosanna

Prayer for Illumination

Jesus Clears the Temple: Luke 19:45-48

Anthem

The Widow’s Offering: Luke 21:1-4

Offering of Our Lives and Possessions

Doxology and Prayer of Dedication

Judas Turns: Luke 22:1-6

Prayer of Confession (perhaps this by Laura Cunningham)

Assurance of Pardon

Congregational Response

Jesus Prays in the Garden: Luke 22:39-46

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer

Jesus Is Arrested: Luke 22:47-53

Homily

Hymn: Go to Dark Gethsemane

Benediction

Benediction Response: Ride On! Ride On in Majesty!

submitted by Rev. Evan Walker, Roxboro Presbyterian Church, Roxboro, NC

invitation to the table: bringing our best and our worst

Friends, come to the table!

Bring your shouts of “Hosanna,”
bring your palms,
bring your hopes of a victorious king
to overcome the oppression and sorrow of this world.

Bring your cries of “Crucify him,”
bring your denial and wandering,
bring your hopes dashed by one who was crucified
because he would not validate the power of this world.

Just as Jesus gathered with his disciples here on the night before his execution,
just as he met his disciples in the breaking of the bread on that first resurrection evening,
so too we gather at this table,
bringing our best and our worst,
to this place where we will be made whole
as we meet Jesus again.

submitted by Rev. Andy James, First Presbyterian Church of Whitestone, Queens, New York

litany for Palm Sunday: threat

Jesus was beloved by the poor and the outcast
but he was a threat to people with power.
Jesus stood against the Temple,
so he was a threat to the Sadducees.
Jesus healed on the Sabbath and ate with sinners,
so he was a threat to the Pharisees.
Jesus took the titles of “Lord,” “Son of God,” and “King.”
those were the Caesar’s titles: he was a threat to the government.
Jesus came without violence
yet he disturbed the peace.
Jesus came proclaiming the Kingdom of God
and the kingdoms of this world were frightened.
Lord, help us to love your Kingdom more than the kingdoms of this world.
For thine is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Submitted by Rev. Drew Ludwig, Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, Buffalo, NY