Call to worship:
The festival of Palm Sunday is a Christian custom,
a custom that extends back almost to the year dot.
Each succeeding year the faithful give voice to hope,
not just in devout song, but in cheers of acclamation.
Waving greenery wafts whispers of liberation,
– whispers that rise to crescendos of joy,
On reflection the commemoration is peculiar …
Because we know what that first crowd didn’t know,
We know how the journey ended …
So why add our hosannas to theirs?
Is it because a divine spark resides in all humans
A spark that calls us to rejoice in the journey
A spark that says no matter how it ends
Life is more about the journey than the destination.
What can be celebrated should be celebrated, for
Hope springs eternal and death does not defeat Joy.
We go from this service
mindful of calendar-changing
events of 2,000 years ago.
We go into a world of problems,
Problems so vast we feel helpless;
Yet as individuals we make choices –
But even small choices
make a small difference;
Collectively the difference could be great.
Help us make the right choices,
So we may live as you
would have us live.
See also – Palm Sunday – Customs and Traditions (compiled by RMS)
Joy Kingsbury-Aitken has written a Call to Worship for use on Christ the King Sunday which, this year, will be on 20 November – it can be found near the bottom of our resources for the Church Year page.
You may also be interested in having a look at the cover, table of contents and editorial from the Spring 2015 edition of Word and Worship, our quarterly magazine. Details on how to subscribe to Word and Worship are given on that page.