Liturgy / Mar 25, 2018

CALL TO WORSHIP

Look-- there is a new kingdom breaking into this world.
Hosanna! Praise to the one who saves.

It is Jesus' kingdom, the kingdom of heaven.
Hosanna! Praise to the one who saves.

Jesus is not like other kings. Jesus humbles the mighty and lifts up the poor.
Hosanna! Praise to the one who saves.

Jesus frees the imprisoned, heals the sick, and raises the dead.
Hosanna! Praise to the one who saves.

Wait for the Lord, you who are in need, and he will deliver you.
Hosanna! We wait for the coming of our Savior. Amen.

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PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

Father thank you that you are a God who is always near at hand. We pray for the whole people of God hidden in Jesus and for all people according to their needs.

For believers throughout the world who endure physical harm because they follow our Lord Jesus, shelter them this week; God of all mercy… hear our prayer.

We praise you for the safe return of the Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram last month; we pray for their physical, emotional, and spiritual healing; God of all mercy… hear our prayer.

For our state, as it enters campaign and election season; grant our candidates humility and wisdom; God of all mercy… HEAR OUR PRAYER
For your Church in Chicago; grant us eyes to see all the ways you’ve graced our city; God of all mercy… hear our prayer.

For the congregations of Missio Dei as they gather today; grant them love for the neighborhoods where they minister; God of all mercy… hear our prayer.

For the children of The Painted Door; teach them to respond to your love with joy and thanksgiving; God of all mercy… hear our prayer.

For this Lenten season; may we learn to identify with you, as you have identified with us; God of all mercy… hear our prayer.

And for all who come to the feast of Jesus this morning; for the hearing of our ears, rejoicing of our minds, and stillness of our souls; God of all mercy… hear our prayer.

Gracious Father, these are our requests. We trust in your mercy made known through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.
— St. Augustine

PALM SUNDAY: GETTING JESUS WRONG
Matthew 21:1-17
Pastor Mark Bergin

Everyone gets Jesus wrong. Yet he does not rebuke our broken worship nor mock our blindness nor belittle our immaturity. Instead, he accepts our praise in all its feeble lack of understanding. And he accepts us. For he sees our longings and knows they will be satisfied in him. We may not come to Jesus for the right reasons. But if we simply come to him, we can be assured that he will embrace us and teach us the ways that make for peace. Jesus did not enter Jerusalem to rebuke the Palm Sunday crowds for their folly. He entered Jerusalem to be with them, to be among them, and finally to die for them.  


PRAYERS OF CONFESSION

Merciful father, we gather our longings, our fears, our disappointments, and offer them to you.
When we fall into despair, lift us up.
Be near  us, Lord Jesus.
When our hearts grow cold toward our friends, give us warmth.
Be near us, Lord Jesus.
When our lives don't look like we want them to, give us hope.
Be near us, Lord Jesus.
When we ignore those in need, restore our sight.
Be near us, Lord Jesus.
Be near us, Lord, and like a Shepherd lead us out of the valley of death,
into the green pastures of life with You.
Amen.