Pray

Thematic Prayer

God of wilderness and water,
your Son was baptised and tempted as we are.
Guide us through this season,
that we may not avoid struggle,
but open ourselves to blessing,
through the cleansing depths of repentance
and the heaven-rending words of the Spirit. Amen.

Intercessory Prayer

Caught between joy and despair,
we yearn for the fulfillment of God's desire
beyond the brokenness and neediness of this life.
We offer thanksgiving for God's presence with us
and petitions for the transformation
of the church and the world.

Prayers of the People, concluding with:

Life-giver, Pain-bearer, Love-maker,
day by day you sustain the weary with your word
and gently encourage us to place our trust in you.
Awaken us to the suffering of those around us;
save us from hiding in denials or taunts that deepen the hurt;
give us grace to share one another's burdens in humble service. Amen.

Scripture Prayer

God of our salvation,
we give you thanks for Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who came in your name
and turned the lonely way of rejection and death
into triumph.
Grant us the steadfast faith
to enter the gates of righteousness,
that we may receive grace to become worthy citizens
of your holy realm. Amen.

Scripture Readings

Psalm 118:1-;2, 19-29

A Song of Victory

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
 his steadfast love endures for ever!

Let Israel say,
 ‘His steadfast love endures for ever.’

Open to me the gates of righteousness,
 that I may enter through them
 and give thanks to the Lord.

This is the gate of the Lord;
 the righteous shall enter through it.

I thank you that you have answered me
 and have become my salvation.
The stone that the builders rejected
 has become the chief cornerstone.
This is the Lord’s doing;
 it is marvellous in our eyes.
This is the day that the Lord has made;
 let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Save us, we beseech you, O Lord!
 O Lord, we beseech you, give us success!

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
 We bless you from the house of the Lord.
The Lord is God,
 and he has given us light.
Bind the festal procession with branches,
 up to the horns of the altar.

You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
 you are my God, I will extol you.

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
 for his steadfast love endures for ever.

Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, “The Lord needs them.” And he will send them immediately.’ This took place to fulfil what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,

‘Tell the daughter of Zion,
Look, your king is coming to you,
 humble, and mounted on a donkey,
  and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,

‘Hosanna to the Son of David!
 Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!’

When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, ‘Who is this?’ The crowds were saying, ‘This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.’


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Source for Collects: The Collects are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.

Source for Revised Common Lectionary Prayers: Reproduced from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers copyright © 2002 Consultation on Common Texts admin. Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission. A complete edition of the prayers is available through Augsburg Fortress.

Source for Scripture Passages: Scripture texts are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible: Anglicised Edition, copyright © 1989, 1995 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

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