23A - Lent 5A — 24A - Palm Sunday OR 25A Monday in Holy Week
See also my posts from 2014, 2017, 2020…
Be gracious, O LORD,
for I am in distress;
my eye is wasting with anger,
my inner being as well as my stomach
For my life is consumed by grief
and my years in groaning.
My strength fails because of my distress
and my bones become weak.
Because of my oppressors I am a disgrace;
to my neighbours, I’m a disaster,
to my acquaintances, a cause for trembling .
Seeing me in the street they flee from me
I am forgotten like one who is dead,
and have become like a broken pot.
For I have heard the whispering of the crowd, terror all around –
in scheming together against me they plot to take my life.
But I – I trust in you, O LORD;
I say, “You are my God.”
My days are in your hands;
snatch me from the hand of my enemies and pursuers.
Let your face shine on your servant;
save me in your steadfast love.
Gracious and holy God,
accept what we offer today:
our cheques and cash, our faltering steps,
our brokenness, our leftovers,
our hope, our risking, our lives.
Bless and transform all that we offer
and all that we hold back,
that new life may be ours,
to celebrate and share in Jesus’ name. Amen
A CREATIVE MOMENT – Matthew 27:11-54
Continue using the purple cloth from last week. It could be hung as a large plain banner or draped in a manner appropriate for your worship space.
Worship could basically comprise the gospel reading (as a dramatised reading involving the whole congregation) appropriately interspersed with hymns, songs and prayers. Additional music to accompany/supplement the dramatised gospel reading could be helpful.
Click here for some ideas for worship in Lent and Easter gleaned from the pages of “On the Move” (now out of print) originally published by the Joint Board of Christian Education, Melbourne, Australia.
THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
(A prayer, usually with connection to one or more of the lections for the day, to gather the spoken and silent concerns/joys/thanks expressed by the congregation and lead into a more structured Intercession. Sometimes this prayer also borrows lightly from other sources e.g. Uniting in Worship 2 or publications of the Iona Community.)
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
God of all grace,
in you is hope: hope which has endured throughout every age.
In that hope we remember before you now
those we have named on our lips and in the silence of our hearts…
Stir us by your mysterious Spirit
to be the word and deed of Jesus
to bring consolation to those know to us,
and to be present to those who have no-one …
(The Prayers of the People continue)
Looking for contemporary music and song resources?
Try David MacGregor’s Together to Celebrate
Or metrical psalms? Try Dale A. Schoening’s Sing the Psalms
|HYMN SUGGESTIONS FOR PASSION SUNDAY
|Isaiah 50: 4-9a|
|O breath of God, breathe on us now||TIS 408|
|Sing praise and thanksgiving,||TIS 107|
|Great God, we sing that mighty hand||TIS 124|
|Have faith in God, my heart||TIS 619|
|Philippians 2: 5-11|
|Come to be our hope, O Jesus||TIS 688|
|Create in us a clean heart, O God||TIS 712|
|God of all power, and truth, and grace||TIS 567|
|He became poor that we may be rich||TIS 721|
|Jesus the name high over all||TIS 218|
|King of glory, king of peace||TIS 201|
|O Spirit of the living God||TIS 405|
|O love, how deep, how broad, how high||TIS 194|
|Praise the God who changes places||TIS 178|
|The head that once was crowned with thorns||TIS 378|
|All who see me deride me||TIS 9|
|A man there lived in Galilee||TIS 235|
|All go to God when they are sorely place||TIS 240|
|Before the cock crew twice||TIS 340|
|By gracious powers so wonderfully sheltered||TIS 617|
|For the bread and for the wine||TIS 518|
|God, your glory we have seen in your Son|
|Here, Lord, we take the broken bread||TIS 523|
|Man more than man||TIS 355|
|My God, your table now is spread||TIS 510|
|My song is love unknown||TIS 341|
|O dearest Lord, thy sacred head||TIS 352|
|O dearest Jesus, why aren’t you acquitted||TIS 337|
|O sacred head sore Wounded||TIS 339|
|See, world, your life suspended||TIS 338|
|When his time was over,||TIS 357|