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Apr 01

Palm Sunday (Year A)

palmsWorship Ideas

  • I have posted ideas and suggestions for Palm Sunday in other years, so you will want to check out those posts:
  • The Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 reading is used every year on Palm Sunday. The good news is that this makes it a little more likely that the people in your congregation will be familiar with these words of blessing and thanksgiving. That said, you could try reading this from a different translation – just to allow the words to be heard in a new way.
  • The Matthew 21:1-11 version of the Palm Sunday story is probably my favorite. Why? It is all because of the comical imagery of Jesus riding on both the donkey and colt.  Don’t be afraid to dig into the text to explore why the Gospel writer mentions both.
  • If someone told you that the Lord needed something from you, what would you do? This is an interesting thing to ponder in light of what happens with the owner of the donkey and colt in the Matthew text.

Liturgy Suggestions

Call to Worship (based on Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29)

Praise the Lord, for Christ is our salvation!

Christ provides the foundation for our hope!

God has created this moment – let us give thanks and rejoice!

The steadfast love of God is never-ending! Together, let us worship the Lord!

Prayer of Confession (inspired by Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29)

Blessed One, you invite us to enter a new life with joy, but we are slow to let go of our old ways. We confess that we reject you by our actions. We confess that we hoard your gift of love, and we fail to offer that gift to others. Save us from ourselves, O Lord. Forgive us and guide us to follow your Way.