Palm Sunday (Year B)

Sentences

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever.
Hosanna to God, Hosanna in the highest!
Let Israel say, "His love endures forever!" and all who fear God say, "His love endures forever!"
Hosanna to God, Hosanna in the highest!
With the Lord on our side, what can we fear? What can humankind do?
Hosanna to God, Hosanna in the highest!
We shall triumph over those who surround us and stand in confidence in the Lord, our God!
Hosanna to God, Hosanna in the highest!
The Lord is our strength and our might. The Lord has become our salvation!
Hosanna to God, Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna to God, Hosanna in the highest!

Adapted from Psalm 118

Call to Confession

I shall not die, but I shall live,
and recount the deeds of the Lord.
The Lord has punished me severely,
but he did not give me over to death.

Psalm 118:17-18

OR

We thank you, Lord, that you have answered us
and have become our salvation.
This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Save us, we beseech you, O Lord!
O Lord, we beseech you, give us success!

Adapted from Psalm 118:21, 24-25

Prayer of Confession

Triumphant Lord, We rejoice in your entry into the world and into our lives!
Joining with the crowds, we sing your praises and exalt your reign,
but even so, our hearts are far from true worship,
our minds are distant from true understanding.
We are disappointed with your humility,
we are uninspired by your selflessness.
Our sin leads us to give you death
even though you give us life.
Our treachery guides us to war
even though you call us to peace.
Help us to reflect in our lives the glory of your Son
and to live faithfully here and now.
Have mercy on us, Savior of all,
find us in these forsaken places.
Forgive what we have done and who we have been.
Bring us home again and impart within us a new song of joy and celebration.

Assurance of Pardon

God has opened the gates of righteousness that we may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord, our God!

Hosanna to God, Hosanna in the highest!

Adapted from Psalm 118:19

Prayer for Illumination

The colt is readied.
The branches are raised.
The disciples are yearning.
Our hearts are amazed.

Teach us now
As you walk down the aisle
To receive your full coming
And prepare your next arrival.

"Arrival" by Katherine Lee Baker

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