Prayers of Adoration & Confession

From “Stages on the Way” by Wild Goose Worship Group p. 78

Lord Jesus Christ,
over the broken glass of our world,
The rumours meant to hurt,
The prejudice meant to wound,
The weapons meant to kill,
Ride on…
Trampling our attempts at disaster into dust.
ride on…

Over the distance
which separates us from you,
and it is such a distance,
measurable in half-truths,
in upkept promises,
in second best obedience,
ride on…
until you touch and heal us,
who feel for no one but ourselves.
Ride on.

Through the backstreets
and the sin bins
and the sniggered at corners of the city,
where human life festers
and love runs cold,
ride on…
bringing hope and dignity
we most send scorn and silence.
Ride on.

For you, O Christ, do care
and must show us how.
In your company and at your side,
we might yet help to bandage and heal
the wounds of the world.
Ride on

Blessed is the one who comes
in the name of the Lord!

Hear his word of healing grace and peace to us all:
Your sin is forgiven.

Offered for worship by Claire Foley and Amelia Ware, 14/4

Prayers of the People

Holy God,

On this Palm Sunday we come to you as people who sing with joy.
But we also come to you as people who sometimes struggle.

We want to shout, waving branches with the excitement of your presence –
but some days we can’t. Some days, the best we can do is put one foot in front of the other.
We face times of illness, we have lost loved ones, we are not sure what the future holds.
In those times of struggle, may we remember your peace and love given to us through your son.

On Other days we struggle as people who do wave palm branches,
thinking that glory and fame are the goals for life.  We want the things that are bigger and better,
we want to be more popular, we want to be the best at work or school.
But that is not who you have called us to be. You call us, loving one,
to look outwards into the world that is waiting for your kingdom to come.

You have called us to be table kickers.  To speak out for the oppressed,
to speak up for the underdog, to strive to increase love – not power.
Help us to be brave in the world.  Help our leaders to “think big”, to “dream dreams”,
to aim for a world that is bigger than they could ever imagine.

As we sing Hosanna’s today, may we remember to whom those words of honour were first sung.
And may we seek to live lives that share the same kind of love Christ shared so long ago.
On days when we can joyfully sing your praise, may we do so with uplifted voices.
On days when strive to simply put one foot in front of the other, may we feel your comfort and peace.

We pray these things in the name of Christ – our rock and our redeemer.

Amen.