Prayers of the people
God of our past, present and future,
We are good at the good stuff! We love waving flags and singing songs, shouting and supporting a team. We’re good at Christmas. At Angels singing, a baby in the manger and giving gifts.
But it’s too easy when our team is losing for us to leave before the siren blows, and at Easter to look away so we don’t see the blood and the pain, Jesus on the cross.
See our world and the growing crisis of flood and drought, storms and fires, that are happening before our eyes.
See the people around us, the suffering caused by COVID. Illness, age, and mental health.
See unemployment, homelessness, see the bigotry behind racial intolerance and the denigration of women and the LGBTQI community.
See the inhumanity we inflict or ignore, of greed, and the power hungry, of war and the Refugees who flee persecution. Of religious conviction of whatever brand, that moves into terrorism.
Jesus, God’s only Son,
you knew, as you rode the donkey that the people waving the palms and shouting Hosanna, would turn their backs on you.
If we turn our backs or refuse to see, we can do nothing to change these things, we can only look on. We are the custodians of your continuing creation, and we pray for the strength to look, to see, and to do.
Your kingdom come, your will be done in the world.
In the name of Jesus, the one who rides on the donkey.
Hosanna, Hosanna, Save, Save.
Helen Burnham, offered for worship with a Baptist church friend (name to be provided), 28/3/21, Palm Sunday B