Jesus calls us saying, ‘If you want to follow me, pick up your cross daily and follow.’ And so we’ve come, leaving our lives behind for this hour.
Jesus welcomes us saying, ‘Let me take your burdens and lighten your load.’ And so we hand over our worries, doubts, and fears to God.
Jesus calls us to leave behind the life we would make for ourselves and receive the life of freedom and joy only God can give. We are here, trying to give up control, ready to receive the loving care of our
Creator who we worship today.
I always try to find an alternative to a sermon for Palm Sunday so I can get a head start on Holy Week. This year I developed a responsive reading that covers the highlights of the events between Palm Sunday and Maundy Thursday. We read the regular lectionary text for Palm Sunday from Matthew in the usual spot in worship. Where the sermon goes I gave a brief introduction and used the following responsive reading. It’s about the same length as a sermon it’s broken up with verses of a hymn so it filled the same amount of time. This liturgy uses the CEB translation of Matthew 21:12-17; 22:1-10, 34-40; 23:23-28, 37-39; 24:1-2, 36-44; 25:31-40; 26:1-5.