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Palm Sunday

Call to Worship – A Prayer of Saint Ignatius

One: Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins ☩

Many: The Lord’s mercy endures forever

One: We come to prepare for the holiest of weeks. Many: We will journey through praise, with joy on our lips; we will travel through betrayal and death, cradling hope deep in our hearts. One: Jesus leads us through this week, and we will follow, for he is the life we long for, he is the Word who sustains us. Many: We wave palm branches in anticipation, we lay our love before him, to cushion his walk. One: Setting aside all power, glory, and might, he comes: modeling humility and obedience for all of us. Many: Hosanna! Hosanna! Blessed is the he who brings us the kingdom of God.

One: Come, let us worship

(written by Thom Shuman, and posted on his Lectionary Liturgies blog)


Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Liturgy of the Table

(Adapted From Lift Up Your Hearts: Year C, OSL Publications) One: The Lord be with you. Many: And also with you. One: Lift up your hearts. Many: We lift them up to the Lord One: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. Many: It is right to give our thanks and praise.

One: It is right, and a good and joyful thing Always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Almighty God, Creator of heaven and earth. Who blessed son, Jesus, reveals the Kingdom of God. And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven, we praise your name and join in their unending hymn:

Many: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

One: Holy are you, and blessed is your Son, Jesus Christ, who emptied and humbled himself. Your Spirit anointed him to preach the good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, and to announce that the time had come when you would save your people. He healed the sick, fed the hungry, and ate with sinners. By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection, you gave birth to your church, delivered us from slavery of sin and death, and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit.

On the night in which he gave himself up for us he took bread, gave thanks, broke it, and gave it to his disciples. And he said “Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” When the supper was over he took the cup, gave thanks, gave it to his disciples, and said “Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” And so, in remembrance of these mi