Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, April 14, 2019
Accomplish in us the work of your salvation,
That we may show forth your glory in the world.
As we enter into a week of worship and prayer, beginning today with Palm/Passion Sunday, then continuing through the Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil, we can both look back at our baptism as our initiation into a life of prayer and worship that has formed us and look forward to prayerfully entering again into the retelling of the centerpiece of the baptismal and eucharistic life we share.
Just as Jesus’ earthly life was grounded in the rhythm of prayer and worship, so too should be ours. Think back upon your, your worshiping community’s, and the diocesan rhythm of prayer since last Easter.
How has this rhythm of worship transformed you this past year? How has God opened your and our eyes to the needs and sufferings of others? Have you and your worshiping community become increasingly aware of cruelty and injustice around us and in us? Has God revealed patterns of false judgment and uncharitable thoughts and given you a way forward to healthy relationships?
In what ways have worship and prayer shaped your, your worshiping community, and our diocese’s responses to those things and systems which damage God’s creation and prevent others from flourishing?
How have you, your worshiping community, and our diocese responded to the call to respect the dignity of every human being?
How have we shown forth God’s glory in the world?
Let us rejoice together at the way the Spirit is shaping us to live into our baptism so that we are part of God’s glory being revealed in the world! Share your reflections with others. Use hashtag #livingmybaptism to share your reflections on social media.
Almighty and everliving God,
in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(Collect for the Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, BCP, 219)