Isaiah 61, Liturgy, Matthew 21, Online Worship, Palm Sunday, progressive Christian, progressive Christianity, Shelter in Place
I am using the Matthew 21:1-11 text plus Isaiah 61:1-4.
Entry into Worship
In the spirit of the springtime,
we raise our palms and flowers.
In grateful praise,
we celebrate God’s beautiful creation.
we breathe in the warming air
and smell the floral scents
dancing in the breeze.
For creation and for our Creator,
we sing songs of praise and thanksgiving.
No matter our location-
we join together this day.
This is the day that you have made! From our front porches to our basements, from our bedrooms to our kitchens, we see your light, and we sing our songs of Hosanna. As world events distract our minds, assist us with focusing on your presence here and now. We give thanks for your enduring and steadfast love. Hosanna, Glorious Creator! Hosanna in the highest! Amen!
Prayer of Reconciliation
On Palm Sunday, we remember the words of Scripture:
“Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.”
Through the life of Jesus, we were given steps to follow.
Through the life of Jesus, we too see how we also came along to carry your name, Gracious Creator.
Instead, we worried about our own names and reputations. We concern ourselves with our own paths and not the one of Jesus. We sing “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord” and we run away from following Jesus. Build up our courage. Give us resolve to try again tomorrow, knowing that we have been called to follow Jesus’ steps: to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind-up the broken-hearted, and to comfort all who mourn. Amen
Assurance of Grace
The Spirit of God is among us, giving us grace and imparting strength. May this courage take hold of our hearts. Let us try again this very moment. God will call us again and again to love our neighbors as ourselves. Amen!
Reflection on Offering
Whether we are in front of computers or with smart phones in our hands, God is using technology to draw us closer. God is also using new avenues for us to contribute our talents, time, and treasures to the church. Our Creator uses every means to draw us closer and share what we have.
In this time and space, as we support our staff and care for our congregants, our giving sustains the work of the church. Please give as you can as our ministry continues in this most unique of situations.
And with gratitude, we pray together:
Gracious God, for treasures collected, for time given, and for talents shared, we express our thanks. Encourage us to use our offerings to sustain and expand the work of the church. Amen.
Whether we are expressing our joy for Jesus the Christ on Facebook
or continue Christ’s work as we plan online,
we are entering a new world, excited to share the good news of God’s love and grace.
Let us share this love on every platform, through every phone call, and in various letters-For the Spirit of God is with us, bringing us joy, and helping us find new avenues to the future. Amen!
Michelle L. Torigian (c) 2020 Free to use or adapt as needed with attribution.
Are you looking for a communion liturgy? Head over to Gifts in Open Hands for a beautiful Communion for Palm Sunday during quarantine/shelter in place. Thank you Maren C. Tirabassi for your writing!