A Call to Worship
Palm Sunday Year A 2011
Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29

We come to worship God, and to give our
thanks for God’s faithful love and goodness.
All praise be to God’s Holy Name!
God’s faithful love endures forever!

Today - in all its beauty - is God’s gift to us,
and we rejoice and give thanks for this blessing.
This is the day the Lord has made, we will
rejoice and be glad in its beauty and its blessings.

We come together to offer our sacrifice of
worship and praise to our Gracious God.
Give thanks to the Lord our God, for God’s
faithful love and goodness endures forever. Amen.

Prayers of Thankfulness and Praise
Palm Sunday Year A 2011
Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29

Praise, honour and glory are rightly yours, Creating
and Saving God! With joy and delight we give our
thanks and praise to God, as we gather to worship
the Maker of this day and all other days and nights.
We know from our own experiences that God’s faithful
love is enduring, life-long, and for ever, and we give
thanks for God’s great goodness and mercy to us all.

Welcoming God, you have opened not only the gates
leading into your holy presence, but you hold out your
hands to us in warm and joyful welcome to receive our
worship and praise. We have so many things for which
we need to give thanks to our Gracious God! We give
thanks to God for life itself; for love in its many forms;
and for keeping us safely within your care and mercy.

Each new day is a blessing, and each new night a
benediction given to us from God. On this day, we
are surrounded by the warmth of your love shining
upon us, as we offer our sacrifice of thankfulness for
your goodness; and on this coming night, we will rest
securely as we are refreshed by God’s love and care.

O Lord our God, with confidence we say together:
“You are our God, and we will praise you!
You are our God, and we will exalt you, for
God’s faithful love endures forever!”

A Personal Meditation
Palm Sunday Year A 2011
Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29

This is the morning that the Lord has made! In joy
and gladness I welcome it! The air is clear and
crisp, the birds are singing their praises to God,
and the morning becomes brighter and more
beautiful with every passing moment. Yet, if
this morning is so beautiful - how much more
beautiful is its Maker, the Lord our Creating God?

Creative pause: The beauty of the morning.

This is the afternoon that the Lord has made! In delight
and pleasure I welcome it! The sun is warm, bringing
life and light to all creation. Yet, if this afternoon’s sun
provides warmth, light and life – how much more is the
warmth, light and life of its Maker, the Lord our Creating God?

Creative pause: The warmth of the afternoon sun.

This is the evening that the Lord has made! In grateful
thanks I welcome it! The quietness and calm of the
evening are a balm to my soul, soothing my anxieties
and giving me peace. Yet, if this evening’s calm and
quietness brings me peace – how much more is the
peace and calm of its Maker, the Lord our Creating God?

Creative pause: The calm of the evening.

This is the night that the Lord has made! With a sense
of satisfaction for all that has been achieved this day
through God’s grace and mercy, I welcome it! The
comfort of my bed surrounds me giving me rest. Yet,
if this night’s comfort brings me rest – how much more
is the comfort of its Maker, the Lord our Creating God?
All this day’s experiences are the Lord’s doing and
they have been marvellous to see and experience!

Creative pause: The comfort of the night.

Unless stated otherwise, all Bible readings and extracts used in these weekly Prayers and Meditations are from
‘The New Revised Standard Version’ Copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council
of the Churches of Christ in the USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

*The additional weekly numbering is from the Revised COCU Indexing Scheme
COCU = ('Consultation on Church Union'); as it offers an easy sequential numbering
for the Revised Common Lectionary for the Church Calendar.

If any part of these Prayers and/or Meditations is used in shared worship, please provide
the following acknowledgement:
© 2011 Joan Stott – ‘The Timeless Psalms’ RCL Psalms Year A. Used with permission.


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