A prayer for Palm Sunday
We praise you, O God, for your redemption of the world through Jesus Christ, who entered the holy city of Jerusalem in triumph and was proclaimed Messiah and king by those who spread garments and branches along his way. Let these branches be signs of his victory, and grant that we who carry them may follow him in the way of the cross, that, dying and rising with him, we may enter into your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.
(From the Book of Common Worship 2018)
A song to enjoy
A video devotional
We continue our study of joy, turning now to the events of Holy Week. The above message comes from Mark 11:1-11. Please read the passage before listening. Here is a prayer to aid you before you read:
Gracious God, we do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from your mouth. Make us hungry for this heavenly food, that it may nourish us today in the ways of eternal life; through Jesus Christ, the bread of heaven. Amen.
(Book of Common Worship 2018)
Here is the second in a series of studies on joy. Our text today is 2 Chronicles 20. Before you read God’s Word, pray that the Lord would give you insight into his Word. Consider praying this prayer from the Book of Common Worship:
Lord, open our hearts and minds by the power of your Holy Spirit, that as the Scriptures are read and your Word is proclaimed, we may hear with joy what you say to us today. In Jesus’ name – Amen.
Here is the first of two studies on the subject of joy. To prepare for the study, read 1 Chronicles 15-16. Before reading God’s Word, pray for insight and understanding. Consider using this prayer from Redeemer Presbyterian Church’s A Journey Through Lent:
Gracious Lord, in compassion you call us. By your mercy, open our ears to hear your voice, and hearing you, to return. Remove the scales from our eyes and unveil for us the wonders of your word. Your glories are revealed there. Be our delight. Be our satisfaction. Awaken in us a new sence of expectancy, as those who put their trust in you will never be put to shame. Glorious Lord, we are yours. In Christ’s Name, Amen.
The following pages are designed to be used as short Monday-Friday liturgies for personal, family, or small group use. Each office contains readings, silence, and song. Feel free to experiment with the inclusion of other elements. Questions could permit time for small group conversation. Additional hymns and songs could be added for longer worship times. Posture could be altered at different points (e.g. kneeling for prayer or standing for the doxology). Use and transmit these resources as you feel led!