we are like the people who carpeted the road

Entry into Jerusalem, by Pedro Orrente, c. 1620 via Wikimedia Commons

Gracious God
  as we come together to celebrate
  the entry into Jerusalem of the Prince of Peace,
we confess to you
  that we are like the people who carpeted the road
  and waved their branches,
  but who understood so little of this king.
We are tempted to put our trust
  in powerful Warrior-Messiahs of our day,
  and find it hard to believe
  that the way to life
  passes through death.
We prefer protection to vulnerability,
  control over our destiny rather than faith in God,
  who brings life out of self-giving death.
We want our own life to continue,
  and find it hard to look beyond our shores
  to nations whose ways differ from ours,
  but who, like us, need trust, love and life
  instead of our mutual defensiveness and fear.
Forgive us and our hostile world,
  for we find it hard to follow the Prince of Peace in faith,
  or to trust God instead of weapons.
Set us and our world free, we pray. Amen.

Confession for Palm Sunday, Australia


The two disciples did as Jesus commanded. They brought the donkey and the colt to him and threw their garments over the colt, and he sat on it.

Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting,

“Praise God for the Son of David!
    Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
    Praise God in highest heaven!”
The entire city of Jerusalem was in an uproar as he entered. “Who is this?” they asked.

And the crowds replied, “It’s Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

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