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Palm Sunday

This week is the sixth Sunday in Lent which is known as Palm Sunday as it celebrates Jesus’ triumphal entry. Something noteworthy about the language here – in other seasons we would say, “The first Sunday of Advent,” but for Lent we say it is a Sunday in Lent. Sundays are in Lent, but not of Lent. That is because Sunday is always a feast day, even in the season of fasting. Sunday is always a celebration of the resurrection!

Liturgical Color – Purple or Red

This color is used during the season of Lent for multiple reasons. The first being that Jesus was clothed in a purple robe during his passion. Purple cloth, due to its expensive nature, was reserved typically for royalty who could afford it. The color is also associated with the bruising and bleeding that Christ experienced during his passion and crucifixion. The purple used during this season reminds us that Christ is King and his Kingdom is unlike any the world had seen before as it is one of service, compassion, and love for others. Red is also commonly used on Palm Sunday to represent the blood of Jesus that would be shed for humanity. It also is the color for martyrs. Jesus throughout Holy Week gave witness to just how much he loves humanity.

Call to Worship

One: Bless the Lord, who forgives all our sins. Many: His mercy endures forever. One: Behold your King! He comes riding on a donkey. Many: Hosanna in the highest! One: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Many: Hosanna in the highest!

Collect

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

(From Lift Up Your Hearts: Year B, 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. Your steadfast love endures forever. You have made this day and given it to us. You give us aid in times of trouble. Through you, we are loved deeply. And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven, we praise your name and join in their unen