Palm Sunday Year 2
Color: Red or Purple
Closest RCL Sunday(s): Palm Sunday B
Readings: Triumphal Entry – Mark 11:1-11 (Psalm 118:25-29)
Prayer of the Day (Working Preacher): Hosanna! King of all, you reign over all. Reign in our lives, triumph over evil, and teach us to follow in your footsteps. Amen.
Other Resources: WorkingPreacher, TextWeek, BibleHub, RevGalPals
Suggested hymns based on the texts:
ELW #344. All Glory, Laud, and Honor
ELW #552. Blessed Be the God of Israel
ELW #645. Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation
ELW #370. Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands
ELW #528. Come and Fill Our Hearts
ELW #756. Eternal Father, Strong to Save
ELW #311. Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
ELW #239. Hark, the Glad Sound!
ELW #333. Jesus Is a Rock in a Weary Land
ELW #475. Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor
ELW #319. O Lord, throughout These Forty Days
ELW #556. Morning Has Broken
ELW #343. My Song Is Love Unknown
ELW #787. On Eagle’s Wings
ELW #533. Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty
ELW #264. Prepare the Royal Highway
ELW #346. Ride On, Ride On in Majesty!
ELW #682. To God Our Thanks We Give (Reamo leboga)
ELW #741. Your Will Be Done (Mayenziwe)
LBW #258. Hosanna to the Living Lord!
WOV #631. Lift Up Your Heads, O Gates
Various Hymnals Filled with Excitement (1972) by Rubén Ruiz Ávila
Various Hymnals Hosanna, Loud Hosanna (1873) by Jennette Threlfall
Various Hymnals The King of Glory Comes (1966) by Willard Jabusch
Various Hymnals Ride on, King Jesus (1991) by Marty Haugen
Various Hymnals We Have a King (196) by Fred Kaan
(ELW=Evangelical Lutheran Worship; LBW=Lutheran Book of Worship)
Other (mostly contemporary) options:
“Broken” By Michael Himes.
“Come Let Us Worship” By Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves.
Prayers of Intercession:
(Introduction and Conclusion from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, copyright © 2002)
Caught between joy and despair, we yearn for the fulfillment of God’s desire beyond the brokenness and neediness of this life. We offer thanksgiving for God’s presence with us and petitions for the transformation of the church and the world.
A brief silence.
Blessed One, shower your blessing upon the church; help us to be a beacon of hope and compassion in this time of trial. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Blessed One, shower your blessings upon creation and all who work the water and soil; bring an abundant harvest so that all may be fed. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Blessed One, shower your blessings upon our leaders; grant them wisdom and care for others as they lead in this difficult time. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Blessed One, shower your blessings upon those struggling with mental illness; surround them with your love and provide them the support they need. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Blessed One, shower your blessings upon all the sick, (especially,…); grant healing and peace wherever it is needed. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Blessed One, shower your blessings upon our congregation; open our eyes to the needs of the people around us and grant us the courage to serve those needs. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Here other intercessions may be offered.
Blessed One, shower your blessings upon all who are struggling with doubt in this time; turn our eyes to the examples of the saints who show us what faith in you can look like. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Life-giver, Pain-bearer, Love-maker, day by day you sustain the weary with your word and gently encourage us to place our trust in you. Awaken us to the suffering of those around us; save us from hiding in denials or taunts that deepen the hurt; give us grace to share one another’s burdens in humble service. Amen.
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