EChurch@Wartburg 4/13/19. Wade Burleson: Eyes that Focus on the Needs of People

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LITURGY OF THE PALMS

Blessed are you, Holy God, for in Jesus Christ you came to rule in our lives, not as a king, but as a humble servant, riding on a donkey. Enter into our hearts this day with your glory, that we may greet you with shouts of praise; through Christ, our Sovereign and Savior.Matthew 21:1-11 / Year A: Palms

God Most High, gracious and glorious, blessed is the one who comes in your name. Lead us now on the road to the cross.
May we follow with faithfulness and joy, shouting hosanna in the highest heaven; through Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord.Mark 11:1-11 / Year B: Palms

God in highest heaven,
how humbly you enter our world to reign:
in Christ Jesus
on dusty road, riding a donkey.
Help us to pave the way for your eternal realm with our prayer and praise,
with our service and love,
until the very stones cry out
at the coming of your new creation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

(I haven’t heard this in years.)

Opening Prayer

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, daughter of Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you; righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

As the people spread their coats palm branches on the ground to welcome Jesus into Jerusalem, so we welcome him into our lives this morning. King of Glory, King of Peace, Servant King, reign in our hearts and lives this day and all days, that we might praise your holy name.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord

Hosanna in the highest!

Affirmation

What a strange paradox; the King is coming, the people rejoice, singing ‘Hosanna in the highest!’
yet fail to understand that the King they welcome is the Servant King,
the King who washes his disciples’ feet,
the King who came not with an army but a weapon so powerful that not even death could resist,
the sacrificial love of God laid out upon a Cross.

Lord God, as we sing our ‘Hosannas’ today
may we remember also that which you were riding toward;
the suffering and rejection, pain and humiliation, the cruel Cross.
And let us look forward to the joy of Easter Day when you rose from death to reign forever.
Help us, as we daily lay our lives before you,
to live the resurrection life that acknowledges Jesus as Lord and King over our lives.
Amen

Galatians 6:1-2 NIV

Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin,
you who live by the Spiritshould restore that person gently.
But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

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Palm Sunday Benediction

My brothers and sisters,
as we enter into this holy week,
let us keep our eyes on Jesus.
He will show us where we need to go.
Amen


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EChurch@Wartburg 4/13/19. Wade Burleson: Eyes that Focus on the Needs of People — 3 Comments

  1. These past few years, I’ve lost nearly all hope in big churches, maybe even all churches… But not in Christ. If anything, I’ve seen him more clearly than ever, and been ENCOURAGED, not discouraged, that our hope is in him, not the organizations of humans.

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  2. Clevin,

    I’m with you, Clevin. I just traded emails with the national Episcopal church, which refuses to get involved despite the fact that my former priest, Bob Malm, has lied under oath, aka committed perjury. Unfortunately, the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia also refuses to get involved. So there is no recourse against clergy who bear false witness.

    Here is a link to Bob Malm’s exact words, which were in writing, and to his sworn affidavit that his statement is true: https://www.bobmalm.com/2019/03/bob-malms-perjury.html

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