Apr 8, 2011

Palm Sunday Call to Worship I

Here are a few possible scriptural Calls to Worship for Palm Sunday. I’ve set them for leader and congregation, but if your congregation is not used to responsive readings you can easily adapt them (or sections of them) for use by a single worship leader.

Call to Worship I (based on Zechariah 9:9 and Psalm 118:26, 28-29)

One:     Rejoice greatly, O people of Zion!
            Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem!
            Look, your king is coming to you.
            He is righteous and victorious,
            yet he is humble, riding on a donkey—
            even on a donkey’s colt.
All:       Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
One:     You are our God, and we will praise You!
All:       You are our God, and we will exalt You!
One:     O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.
All:       His faithful love endures forever!

Call to Worship II (based on Psalm 118:19-24)

One:     The Lord be with you!
All:       And also with you!
One:     Open to me the gates of righteousness,
            that I may enter, and give thanks to the Lord.
All:       We will give You thanks, for You have answered us;
            You have become our salvation.
One:     The stone that the builders rejected
            has become the chief cornerstone.
All:       This is the Lord’s doing,
            and it is marvelous in our eyes.
One:     This is the day that the Lord has made;
All:       We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Call to Worship III (based on Revelation 7:9-12)

One:     And I looked,
            and there was a great crowd that no one could number.
            They were from every nation, tribe, people and language.
            They were standing before the throne and before the Lamb,
            wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands.
            And they cried out with a loud voice:
All:       “Victory belongs to our God who sits on the throne,
            and to the Lamb!”
One:     And the angels fell facedown before the throne
            and worshipped God, saying:
All:       “Amen!
            Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving
            and honour and power and might
            be to our God forever and ever.  Amen!”

For more worship leading/worship planning suggestions for Palm Sunday, check out the following sites:

There are a number of resources for Palm Sunday worship leading on the Desperate Preacher site.

The Open Sourcebook offer this Palm Sunday call to worship from Philippians 2, or this one based on Zechariah 9. (You can also find a “Prayer of Confession for Palm Sundayand “Words of Assurance on Palm Sunday” there as well.)

A variety of worship resources for Palm Sunday are available from Sacredise.com

If you have other suggestion for Palm Sunday resources, I'd love to hear about them!