God our Maker and Sustainer:
We make a joyful noise to you this morning. Our lips proclaim your praise and our heart rejoices being in your presence. We belong, in body and soul, to you our Faithful Maker. Awaken us to your love so that we may delight in your presence and share your love with those we meet.
Like the early followers of you who cried out “Hosanna! Save us” as you entered Jerusalem we too utter our cries for saving. Some of us are praying to be saved from disease and discomfort, some of us are praying to be saved from heartache and loneliness, some of us are praying to be saved from relationships that have turned turbulent, some of us cry to be saved from ourselves. Faithful Messiah, hear our cries according to your mercy. Listen to us, your people, as we cry out to you.
We not only cry out to you on behalf of ourselves, but for others who are in need of mercy. For the poor, the homeless, the home-bound, the abused, the manipulated, for those who live in the face of violence every day, for the hungry, the hurting, the dying, and those in prison. We cry out for your saving mercy. We intercede for those who need your wisdom, relief, and deliverance into security.
God we enter the most Holy time of the Christian life. We follow you, Jesus, into the meal of love before you were betrayed and crucified. We desire to follow you in suffering and life. Speak to us a fresh new word this week as we remember this Holy Week and hear your Spirit whisper new words of insight and comfort into our soul. Awaken our spirit to your passion this week.
We desire to encounter you in very real ways. Open our heart and open our mind according to your love.
Hear our personal prayers in this moment of silence (silence).
Together, with our family of faith around the world, we pray together the prayer that Jesus taught us: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.