Mar 21, 2015

Palm Sunday Call to Worship

Here’s a simple call to worship for Palm / Passion Sunday.  It was written by John van de Laar, and posted on Sacredise.com.

Call to Worship: Psalm Sunday
(inspired by the events in Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11; 
Luke 19:29-44; John 12:12-19)

Children of God, Rejoice!
Sing out in celebration, God's people!
Your King is coming to you, humble,
riding on a donkey, on a donkey's foal.

Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is the one who comes in the Lord's name.
Glory to God! Hosanna!

~ from “A Communion Liturgy for Palm Sunday,” written by John van de Laar.  Posted on Sacredise.com.

Palm Sunday Reflection: Parade

Here’s another insightful reflection from Roddy Hamilton.

Palm Sunday Parade
(inspired by the events in Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11; 
Luke 19:29-44; John 12:12-19)

silence
it is a strange thing at the end of a parade
silence

the echo of mayhem
the quietening murmurs of the small rebel crowd
now stealing into the shadows of alleyways
with whispered questions
of ‘what just happened?’
gather in a hush of silence
with the hope the stones no longer remain quiet
now that the hosannas have been stolen

something happened here
but no one can name it
and belief doesn’t dare name at what might have begun
a messiah arrived
but the kingdom did not
palm branches 
and cloaks 
were strewn in mock adulation
but heaven remains silent

faith tells us we must we wait longer
a different voice is coming
and another moment
to name love

and crush this ache
and break this ironic silence
with the sound of death
and the shutting of a tomb

~ written by Roddy Hamilton, and posted on Mucky Paws. http://www.nkchurch.org.uk/index.php/mucky-paws

Prayer for Holy Week

Here’s a prayer of praise for Holy Week from Thomas’s Everyday Liturgy website.

Prayer for Holy Week

Almighty and Everlasting God,
Praise and honor to the one
who raised Lazarus from the dead,
as a foreshadow of the coming days.

Blessings and honor to the one
who marched triumphantly into Jerusalem,
who turned over the tables in the temple,
who taught his disciples to be the least of these.

Glory and power to the one
who submitted to the will of the Father,
who broke bread with the one who would betray,
who washed the feet of the one who would deny,
who healed the ear of the one who would arrest,
and in his faithfulness will win victory over sin and death.
Amen

~ written by Thomas, and posted on Everyday Liturgy. http://everydayliturgy.com/

Palm Sunday Reflection

Here’s a reflection for Palm Sunday from rev karla.  It was posted on RevGalBlogPals.

Reflection for Palm Sunday
(inspired by the events in Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11; 
Luke 19:29-44; John 12:12-19)

In the shouts and cries,
In the dancing and singing
of the children of peasants,
the waving of branches and flinging of coats
the tiny beast
carrying
the Peace of God,
breathed deeply,
plodding along,
willing,
loving,
focused
on her burden,
the courageous One
that would suffer, and be killed for believing in Love.
and Justice.
and Hope.

“Love”   she breathed,
“Breathe” she breathed,
“You are not alone” she breathed.
Amen. 

~ written by rev karla, and posted on RevGalBlogPals.  http://revgalblogpals.org/

Mar 15, 2015

Call to Worship: Jeremiah 31: 31-34

Here is a responsive call to worship inspired by Jeremiah 31:31-34.  It was written by Amy Loving, and posted on The Worship Closet.

Responsive Call to Worship
(inspired by Jeremiah 31:31-34)

The Lord is making a new covenant with the people of God.
Here in this place,
Christ writes the law of love on our hearts.
We are children of the living God.
Together, let us worship the Lord of Love!

 ~ written by Amy Loving, and posted on The Worship Closet: The Place for Creative Worship Ideas. http://worshipcloset.com/baptism-of-the-lord-sunday-year-b-words-for-worship/