We gather today on this Palm Sunday reminded:
Reminded of the powers that pull for
our attention and affection.
Teach us to center our focus correctly.
Reminded that public leadership
with an eye for social justice
comes with a cost.
Give us courage to stand in solidarity with those in need anyway.
Reminded that our actions have consequences.
Expose us when we carry praise or blame too far.
Reminded, as we give voice to the joys and concerns of this congregation
that we are all in this together.
Teach us how to best love one another.
[read aloud the prayer cards]
And we lift up those prayers
-those cries within us-
which are too tender or precious to be spoken aloud.
[pause for silent prayer]
Give us eyes to see each other’s needs.
And remind us through all of this
that new every morning is your love
Great God of Light
And all the day long love is working for good in the world.
It stirs up in us a desire to serve one another.
To live peaceably.
And to devote our days to walking
in the living traditions of Jesus.