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Palm/Passion Sunday Prayer


by Kerry Greenhill

Let us sing praise and glory to our God.
      Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
When the procession goes by and we rush out to join the fun,
When we join the crowd in proclaiming God’s wondrous deeds,
      Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
When we watch with curiosity as Jesus proclaims the truth,
When we turn away from the spectacle to go back to our lives,
      Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
When we spread rumors of trouble or speculate about others,
When we side with those in power out of self-interest or fear,
      Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
When we cry out for vengeance in place of justice or healing,
When we shrink from telling the truth about Whose we are,
      Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
When we focus on our comfort and ignore the suffering of others,
When all hope seems lost and God seems to have abandoned us,
      Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Whether in Jerusalem or Johannesburg, Israel or Ireland, the God
of mercy has been made known to us in Jesus Christ, crucified
Savior, who did not flinch in the face of death, but lived out God’s
love to his dying breath. For this let us give thanks to our God.
      Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.

Permission is granted for use in corporate setting. Copyright © 2012 The Upper Room. Used with permission.

Kerry Greenhill is a Deacon who serves as Field Coordinator for Imagine No Malaria in the Rocky Mountain Conference (UMC), and as Communications Manager for the health care advocacy organization Family Voices Colorado.

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