Holy One, we praise you
On this day of celebration
Singing “Hosanna in the highest heaven”
And praising the blessed Jesus
Now we remember and offer our praise
Now we rejoice before the songs fade
Anticipating the events to come. Amen.
A retelling of Mark 10:32-34 in sonnet form
Now going toward Jerusalem they went
With Jesus leading them along the road
His travelling friends amazed at what this meant
But also housing fear and heavy loads
He took the twelve aside again and said
“The Son of Man will be condemned to death
We’re trav’ling toward Jerusalem ahead
Where he will suffer ‘til his final breath
“The priests and scribes will find him guilty, then
They’ll hand him to the Gentiles to die
They’ll spit upon and flog him ‘til the end
And mock him with their insults and their lies
“That bitter end won’t be the end, I say
You’ll see him risen after three dark days.”
Merciful God, we remember this warning, and put ourselves in the place of the Jesus followers. We journey with them through traditions, symbols, and memory. We hear this warning before the celebratory Palm Sunday and anticipate the horrific events that follow. God, sometimes this story becomes just that: a story. We know the end and that knowledge seems to lighten the more painful, darker dimensions of the story. Can we imagine, in any sort of way what it might have been like for the disciples? Is such imagining a worthwhile endeavor? O God, please guide us in our understanding. If there be a message for us in the symbols, traditions, and memories, we ask that you reveal it; and we ask that we may be open to receiving that message from you. Please guide us, Loving God. Amen.
Haiku-like poems written in a prayerful spirit
Manifested love of Christ
Spirit of God, yes!
In matters of heart
Complexities of my mind
The soul and the whole
Among earth’s blessed bounty
Stretched beyond ourselves
Love of God so present here
Beyond but in me
Manifested love of Christ
Spirit of God, yes!
O God, I’m on a treasure hunt, searching for the tools you’ve placed in my surroundings. Undoubtedly I already use some of these tools, and so I pray I won’t take advantage but instead, use them generously with gratitude and humility. Some other tools, I hardly use, and so I pray I may rediscover these tools at my disposal, and that I may learn or relearn how to use them effectively.
There’s another set of tools, somewhat hidden in this world. These tools seem to lie beyond my reach, or out of sight in some way. Help me persevere in the hope of finding and using these tools effectively for your glory. And please help me avoid complacency or lack of inspiration for the search. But God, may I progress with attentiveness and depth as an instrument of your good work in this world. In your blessed name I pray, Amen.
God of reconciliation and love, please guide us in cultivating empathy. Help us grow more generous and forgiving in the ways we listen, receive, and respond. And may we, as your vessels, foster empathy, forgiving spirits, and generosity in love. Amen.
A prayer to start the day (to the tune of morning has broken)
O loving Spirit, present among us
In our endeavors, help us to pray
God help our lives be part of your service
Lived prayer in action, for you this day
Please give us eyes to see present needs here
People and planet, crying for help
Help us be mindful, aware of others
And to respond with kindness and love
Gracious and loving God,
To say we’re not forgotten is to say that in a sense we are remembered and cared for, like the sparrow that finds its home; and we rejoice that we are not only remembered and cared for, but also called. O God, what an honor to share your lovingkindness, and to be the hands and feet of Christ. What a gift to imagine your glorious dwelling place outside of this weary world. And, what a blessing to see and experience the ways you dwell with us here, O Spirit Divine.
Suggested Reading: Psalm 84: 1-3
Prayer based on Hebrews 4:14-16 (In Sonnet form)
O God, you gave us Jesus who passed through
The great high priest passed through to heaven’s heights
We pray we might confess in prayer to you
And to the Son of Man, who is our light
We know that he is one who understands
And sympathizes with us through it all
You know our weakness, and you have a plan
Through him who suffered testing without fall
Let us therefore approach the throne of grace*
If we can find the strength to be so bold
We long to dwell within a loving space
And feel your help and mercy in our souls
Help us hold fast, confess, and sympathize
As mercy, grace, and help are realized
*direct quote from v. 16