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Calls To Worship

Palm Sunday

Adapted from Psalm 118

Awake to the day of triumph for our Savior! 

Give thanks for this day that leads to the cross! 

Come with your branches, hosannas, and songs 

Fill the air with welcome to the Lord!  

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. 

Hosanna in the highest! 

 Submitted by Austin D. Hill


Adapted from Isaiah 40:12-14

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,

Or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?

Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket,

Or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?

Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way?

Who was it that taught him knowledge or showed him the path of understanding?

Lord, we worship you today in all your splendor and glory.

Submitted by Austin D. Hill


Adapted from Zechariah 9:9

Pastor: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!

All: Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!

Pastor: Behold, your king is coming to you;

All: righteous and having salvation is he,

Pastor: humble and mounted on a donkey,

All: on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Submitted by Dustin Ray


Adapted from Zechariah 9:9-10

Pastor: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!

All: Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Pastor: I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall speak peace to the nations;

All: his rule shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.

Submitted by Dustin Ray


Adapted from John 12:12-15

Leader: A great crowd that has come to the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,

People: “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

Leader: “Blessed is the king of Israel!” “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion. See, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.”


Adapted from Zechariah 9:9-10 & Revelation 11:15 RSV

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!

Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!

Lo your king comes to you;

Triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on an ass,

On a colt the foal of an ass.

The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign for ever and ever.

Lenten-Easter Sourcebook, 1961, Abingdon Press.


Adapted from Matthew 21:5, 9b & Luke 19:38*

Pastor: Jesus is coming!

All: Jesus is coming!

Pastor: Good morning, King Jesus!

All: Good morning, King Jesus!

Pastor: We worship you, humble King!

All: We worship you, humble King!

Pastor: Save us, Son of David!

All: Save us, Son of David!

Pastor: Bless you, Lord Jesus!

All: Bless you, Lord Jesus!

Pastor: Bring peace in Heaven and on earth, King Jesus!

All: Bring peace in Heaven and on earth, King Jesus!

*Editor’s Note: This was created as a Call to Worship created for a Children’s Worship Service, though obviously it could be used in a normal worship service.

Submitted by Dustin Ray


Adapted from Matt. 21:5, Luke 19:38

Jesus is coming! 

We worship you, humble King! 

Save us, Son of David! 

Bless you, Lord Jesus! 

Bring peace  

In Heaven and on earth, King Jesus! 

Submitted by Austin D. Hill


The story of Palm Sunday tells of how

people removed their cloaks and spread them out

in front of Jesus as he entered Jerusalem.

The cloak we wear every day to face the world

is both the persona we wish to present,

and our defense against the elements.

As we come to worship may we be willing

to lay down our defenses and disguises,

at the feet of the One who sees us we really are.

And then, set free for worship,

may we offer our praises

with open hearts and lives. AMEN.

Ann Siddall, Stillpoint Spirituaity Centre


Let us enter the city with God today

Let us sing hosanna to our king

To the son of God riding on a donkey

With shepherds and prostitutes,

With the blind and the leper

With the abandoned and oppressed

Let us shout for joy at Christ’s coming

And follow the One who welcomes the sinner and dines with the outcast

Let us touch and see as God draws near

Riding in Triumph towards the Cross

May we invite Jesus to come into our lives more deeply this Holy Week, rejoicing that He welcomes ALL to follow Him.

May we allow Him to draw near.

May we take up our cross to follow Him.

May we be renewed in the hope of His eternal triumph!

Christine Sine, GodSpace


Almighty God, your greatness is unfathomable. Your majesty is unending. And yet we place so many other lesser things in front of you. You are Lord of our lives, but we try to rebel against you, desiring to rule our own lives. Please give us the same humility that your Son had during the week of his passion as we silently confess our sins to you now… 

Submitted by Austin D. Hill


Looking for More Liturgical Elements?

Check out our Prayers of Confession on Palm Sunday.

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