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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa. 
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Mar 21

Written by: Andries
Thursday, March 21, 2013 5:37:06 AM  RssIcon

Liturgical Prayers for Palm Sunday.

 As we remember the triumphal entry of Jesus on the Sunday before his arrest, may our prayers and our worship bring glory to the Christ of God, our Saviour and our Lord. Here follows some ideas for the call to worship, prayers and hymns for Palm Sunday.

Call to worship:   Psalm 118: 26 – 29

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

From the house of the Lord we bless you.The Lord is God, and he has made his light shine on us.With boughs in hand join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar.You are my God, and I will praise you;  you are my God, and I will exalt you. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;  his love endures forever. 

Prayer of Praise and for the forgiveness of sins.

Lord of Hosts, we give thanks and praise!

Lord you are a good and faithful God and your love endures forever.

We are hard pressed, therefore we cry to you, our Lord. Because you are with me, I will not be afraid.You, our Saviour and King, are with me, you are our Helper and our refuge.

O King of glory, eternal Son, exalted Lord, you are my King and my helper .Lord Jesus, who gave your life for my salvation, who bled and died that I may live and rose from the dead that I may conquer sin and temptation: Forgive me my trespasses, my weak resignations, my impurity and my disobedience.

Forgive me for not making you, my Head and my King, first in my life. Forgive my selfishness, my greed and my inward focus, and make me a worthy ambassador for my King, the Lord of lords. Make me share in your triumph, my King who entered Jerusalem as the Prince of Peace. Sanctify me and give me courage to serve you today, and always. To the glory of your Name and only by grace, we pray.  Amen. 

 

Prayer of Illumination:

Glorious Christ who once entered into the holy City triumphantly to reveal that you are the Messiah, the son of David and the eternal Son of God;

by the work of your Holy Spirit and to the glory of your Father,the God of Israel, the God of Abraham, Izak and Jacob,reveal your glory and your grace, your power and your peace, your majesty and your love as we listen to the Holy Scriptures read and preached today.To the glory of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, who with you, Father, and the Holy Spirit, reigns in glory, exalted for all eternity!Amen. 

Readings:   Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29, Luke 19:28-4 or John 12:12-16  

Prayer of Intercession:Heavenly Father, Almighty God -You sent your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, into this world for us and for our salvation, so that by the wondrous mystery of his humility and his acceptance of our mortal suffering, he might call us back to fellowship with you.  

As he entered Jerusalem to fulfill the Scriptures, the people welcomed him with excitement, spreading their clothes and palm branches on the way. As we too come before you on this Palm Sunday, Father, we rejoice that through the work of your Spirit we received the good news, in which we stand, and by which we are saved: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,  that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day; We believe he is the Christ, the Son of the Living God.  He is the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.  He is our Lord and God.

Lord of heaven and earth, we thank you for all the ways in which you have blessed us and all your children across the world and in every age through the work and witness of your world-wide Church.

We bless you for the teaching of the Scriptures, for the preaching of your Word, and for the grace of your sacraments.

We praise you for our friendship and fellowship in Christ with one another. Lord, have mercy on us, that when Jesus comes in glory we will be counted amongst those who are redeemed.

n your mercy and by your grace, listen to our prayers for the Church of Christ.Purify your people from hypocrisy, falsehood and injusticethat as we confess Christ as Lord and everlasting King, all whom Christ called to be his own  may be of one heart and one mind, that everyone will see and be amazed by the unity of the Body of Christ, your own people,  to the honour and glory of your Name and for the salvation of many.

We pray for all who spread the gospel, who preach your Word and celebrate your glory, that through our worship and our teaching on this day of celebration,  your Holy Spirit will draw your people to the Father. We pray for all who do receive your Word, that they in turn may be good witnesses to your grace and mercy, your love and your kindness.  

Father God, deliver us from the weakness that hinders the advancement of your truth;awake the careless; help us to turn from our wicked ways; restore the penitent; strengthen and confirm the faithful;  protect and guide our children;and comfort and heal the sick and the distressed. 

Bless us, Lord, as we observe your holy week.Bring to your house of worship all your children to experience your affliction on Thursday night, that we will mourn our sins and disobedience on Good Friday and all come to celebrate your glorious and eternal victory on Easter Sunday.

During this Holy Week, dear Lord, help us to proclaim liberty to the captives, to set free the oppressed, and to announce the day of the Lord 's salvation.  

Through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Amen.

Hymns:
Hymn based on Psalm 118 and sung on the music of “Glorious things of Thee are spoken”.
Christ is made the sure foundation,
Christ the head and cornerstone;
chosen of the Lord and precious,
binding all the church in one;
holy Zion's help forever, and her confidence alone.
Christ is made the sure foundation,
Christ the head and cornerstone.  
 
To this temple, where we call Thee,
come, O Lord of Hosts, today!
With your faithful loving-kindness
hear Your people as they pray,
and Your fullest benediction
shed within its walls always.
To this temple, where we call Thee, come,
O Lord of Hosts, today!  
 
Praise and honour to the Father!
Praise and honour to the Son!
Praise and honour to the Spirit!
Ever three and ever one!
One in might and one in glory,
while unending ages run.
Praise and honour to the Father,
to the Spirit, to the Son!
 
Palm Sunday Hymn on the music of “The Church’s one foundation".

All glory, laud, and honour
to thee, Redeemer, King,
to whom the lips of children
made sweet hosannas ring.
Thou art the King of Israel,
thou David's royal Son,
who in the Lord's Name comest,
the King and Blessed One. 
 

The company of angels
are praising thee on high;
and mortal men and all things
created, make reply.

The people of the Hebrews
with palms before thee went;
our praise and prayer and anthems
before thee we present.
 

To thee, before thy passion,
they sang their hymns of praise;
to thee, now high exalted,
our melody we raise.

Thou didst accept their praises:
accept the prayers we bring,
who in all good delightest,
thou good and gracious King.
   

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