A Prayer for Palm Sunday: May Christ ever Triumph in our Hearts

April 13, 2014
My friend, the Rev. Kendall Harmon posted this wonderful prayer at TitusOneNine today.  Thanks Kendall.  That’s a keeper!

As on this day we keep the special memory of our Redeemer’s entry into the city, so grant, O Lord, that now and ever he may triumph in our hearts. Let the King of grace and glory enter in, and let us lay ourselves and all we are in full and joyful homage before him; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

–Handley Moule

 

Here’s an additional Palm Sunday prayer from the Anglican Church of South India, also posted by Kendall today:

O Christ, the King of glory, who didst enter the holy city in meekness to be made perfect through the suffering of death: Give us grace, we beseech thee, in all our life here to take up our cross daily and follow thee, that hereafter we may rejoice with thee in thy heavenly kingdom; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, God, world without end.

–Church of South India

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Pastor Scotty Smith’s Palm Sunday prayer

April 13, 2014

Pastor Scotty Smith of Christ Community Church in Nashville has posted a great Palm Sunday prayer at his blog Heavenward:

Prayer for Palm Sunday

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall speak peace to the nations; his rule shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth. As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit. Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double. Zech. 9:9-12

Dear Lord Jesus, we’ll exhaust the wonder of this passage as soon as we drink Niagara Falls dry; as soon as we memorize the names of every star you’ve launched into the heavens; as soon as we finish climbing all the Alps in Switzerland, Italy, Germany, and France. You are the King of Zechariah’s vision, and on this Palm Sunday, we worship, honor, and bless you.

No other king could show up to conquer warhorses and warriors, humbly riding on the foal of a donkey. No other king could break the battle bow and the backbone of all warfare, by the brokenness of the cross. No other king could supplant the politics of evil and tyranny of power, with an eternal reign of peace.

No other king could offer his life and death, for the redemption and restoration, of rebels and idolaters like us. No other king could possibly make prisoners of sin, death, and “waterless pits,” into prisoners of hope.

Lord Jesus, you are that King—the King of glory, the King of kings and Lord of lords—the Monarch of mercy, the Governor of grace, the Prince of Peace. Great is our rejoicing, for you have come to us, righteous and victorious, loving and sovereign.

By the riches of your grace, continue to free us from waterless pits, broken cisterns and worthless idols. By the power of the gospel, enable us to live as prisoners of hope and agents of redemption until the Day you return to finish making all things new. So very Amen we pray, in your holy and matchless name.


A very short, but powerful prayer for Palm Sunday

April 13, 2014

I found this very short prayer from the Lent Devotional site of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC (the church where Tim Keller serves), to be very powerful and to the point for Palm Sunday:

Prayer
Lord, we rejoice and shout aloud that you would give your life to pay the price for our treachery. We praise you as our beloved King we have been waiting for. Come reign in our heart, our lives and our city. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

from here.


Bp. Eric Menees’ reflection on the Collect for Palm Sunday

April 12, 2014

From the Soundings blog. Bishop Eric Menees is the diocesan bishop of the Anglican diocese of San Joaquin:

 

This weeks collect opens up Holy Week for us in a powerful way. Passion Sunday is full of just that – passion and suffering – in particular the suffering of Jesus. I remember as a young man in high school, our youth group would often put the passion narrative into a play setting in which we would dramatically read the parts…I know, nothing new… but I’ve got to say that as I read the part of the narrator, or the guards, or Jesus the words came alive for me. In preparation, the youth group would spend time studying the passion narrative in the gospels, and on more than one occasion I found myself weeping. That seems to me an appropriate response when we not only think about Jesus’ suffering, but also about whom he suffered for – namely me and you!

Almighty and everliving God, who, of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

As we enter into Holy Week, this Collect asks God, who sent His son to suffer for us, to help us become more like him, and that He will give us patience to stay the course with Jesus as we are invited into the Living Word.

Thanks be to God for our liturgies over Holy Week. If we will allow ourselves to be, we are invited to be with Jesus as he enters into Jerusalem and shout “Hosanna in the highest, blessed is he who comes in the name of The Lord.” We are invited to be with Jesus at the Last Supper and hear those words as if spoken for the first time: “Take, eat, this is my body given for you!” We are invited to have Jesus wash our feet and be reminded that the greatest among us are servants. We are invited to wait with Jesus through the night as he prays. We are invited to sit at the foot of the cross and hear those amazing words “Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do.” And finally, we are invited to the empty tomb on Easter Sunday.

To be truly present in these liturgies; to meditate upon the sacrificial love of God for us; to know that our sins – not only the sins of those in the past, but mine and yours as well – are what nailed Jesus to the Cross where he bore the wrath of God for us…well, to do all that we desperately need God’s help. So we pray: “Mercifully grant that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection…” And to that I say…AMEN

I pray you all a very blessed Holy Week!


Major update of our Palm Sunday compilation of prayers, devotionals, etc.

April 1, 2014

It was only in 2012 that I created a separate Palm Sunday category.  But I never found the time to go back and recategorize many of our past Palm Sunday entries so that they would show up in a category search.

Similarly, I had not remembered or found time to update our compilation of Palm Sunday devotionals, prayers, poems, and resources. 

Tonight I’ve done that.  I’ve added more than a dozen entries from previous years to our Palm Sunday compilation.  Go check it out!

 


A Palm Sunday Prayer of Adoration: What Other King? Only Jesus!

April 1, 2012

Wow! Pastor Scotty Smith’s Palm Sunday prayer at his blog Heavenward today just thrills my heart and stirs up a fresh burst of praise and adoration, making the truth of Palm Sunday come alive.

Here’s an excerpt:

On this Palm Sunday morning, I’m overwhelmed with your humility, your sovereignty, and your generosity. What other king could conquer warhorses and warriors by riding the foal of a donkey? What other king could break the battle bow and the backbone of all warfare by the brokenness of the cross? What other king could ever replace all politics of tyranny and power with a dominion and reign of peace, everywhere and forever? Only you, Lord Jesus, only you.

What other king would offer his life and death for the redemption and restoration of rebels, fools, and idolaters like us? What other king could possibly make prisoners of sin, death, and “waterless pits” into prisoners of hope? Only you, Lord Jesus, only you. There is no other such king.

Who is the King of Glory? It is you, Lord Jesus, and only you. Who is the King of Grace? It is you, Lord Jesus, and only you. Who is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords? It is you, Lord Jesus, and only you.

Go read the whole prayer.


A Palm Sunday Prayer by Christine Sine: A call to follow the one who welcomes sinners

April 1, 2012

Christine Sine who runs the Godspace blog wrote and posted this prayer for Palm Sunday last year, but it is new to me this year as I was not online much at all last year during Lent or Holy Week.

Let us enter the city with God today

Let us sing hosanna to our king

To the son of God riding on a donkey

With shepherds and prostitutes,

With the blind and the leper

With the abandoned and oppressed

Let us shout for joy at Christ’s coming

And follow the One who welcomes the sinner and dines with the outcast

Let us touch and see as God draws near

Riding in Triumph towards the Cross

May we invite Jesus to come into our lives more deeply this Holy Week, rejoicing that He welcomes ALL to follow Him.

May we allow Him to draw near.

May we take up our cross to follow Him.

May we be renewed in the hope of His eternal triumph!


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