Anna's Hosannas!
Free Worship Resources for Use with the Lectionary
Call to Worship (adapted from Psalm 118):
L: O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; 
P: His steadfast love endures forever!
L: Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the LORD.
P: His steadfast love endures forever! 
L: The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.  This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.
P: His steadfast love endures forever!
L: Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD.  The LORD is God, and he has given us light. 
P: His steadfast love endures forever!

Alternate Call to Worship, a sung call-and-response:  "Blessed Is He Who Comes"

Children's Lesson: "Rock Star Jesus?"

Lenten Meditation:  Rowdy crowd, shouting for Jesus.  You celebrate his coming, but your shouts carry a desperate hope.  Hosanna, you beg.  Save us, O God!  You suffer in your bodies and your souls, and  you seek relief.  Surely he is the answer!  Surely he will deliver us - from our enemy, from our sickness, from our hopelessness.  Poor Jerusalem, still blind to the promise of the Christ.  His deliverance isn't to remove your suffering from you, but to strengthen you to walk through it  yourselves, and to grow in your compassion as you do so.  You will not be delivered from the world, but to the world - to become Christ to all.  But you don't understand, not  yet.  The final light goes out; it is time for the cross.  (extinguish last candle)

Stewardship Meditation:  We find ourselves in that noisy crowd, vying for position, trying to see the face of God.  We know we want to see him, but do we know why?  The people cried "Hosanna!  God save us!"  They know their need; do we?  Do we know that God saves us every moment of our lives, in granting us breath, in enlivening our hearts to beat?  Because if we do, then we also recognize God's incredible faithfulness.  We trust God to deliver us from our fears, our addictions, our poverty of heart and mind.  But what happens next?  Does Christ's  healing touch also give us courage and strength?  Will his love fill us up with new power and life?  Or will we  taste just enough of his grace to slack our thirst for his moment, then go on with our lives?   Those who feast on God's love carry the feast within them to the world.  We are the abundance, and we start here, bringing our gifts and tithes.  The morning offering will now be given and received.