Saturday, March 31, 2012

Prayers for Palm Sunday

Prayer of Praise
            Almighty God, we lift our voices in thanksgiving and praise for the King of  kings and Lord of lords, your Son Jesus Christ. We praise you that He has ascended on high and sits at your right hand. We praise you that he is making all his enemies a footstool for His feet and he is breaking in pieces the kings that rule the earth. We thank you that he is an eternal priest after the order of Melchizedek, the anchor of our soul, sure and steadfast, who sits behind the veil. Now O Lord we enter the Holy of Holies because of our great High Priest. We ask that you would touch our mouths with coals from your fire that we might lift our voices in praise to You. Hear our prayers and accept our worship through the shed blood of Christ we pray. Amen!

Prayer for Illumination: Ephesians 1:17-19
O Lord, Father of glory, we pray that you would grant to us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ. As we hear Your mighty Word read and preached open our blind hearts with the light of Your Spirit that we may know what is the hope of our calling, the riches of Your glory and the exceeding greatness of Your power toward us who believe. In the strong Name of our Redeemer we pray. Amen!

Eucharistic Prayers
Bread: King David
            Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, it truly, right and good and our duty that we should at all times and in all places give You thanks and magnify Your Holy Name, therefore with the Angels, the Archangels and all the company of heaven we praise You saying, Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of hosts, heaven and earth are full of Your glory. Glory be to You, O Lord Most High.
            Everlasting Father We praise you for King David, the man after your own heart, the sweet psalmist of Israel who shepherded your people with integrity of heart and led them with skillful hands. In your mercy you took him from the hills of Bethlehem and gave him rule over Israel. We confess with King David, “Who are we that you have brought us this far, O Lord? And who is a great God like You O Lord? Truly there is none beside you. And what people is there like us whom you have redeemed from the power of the nations, Satan and sin. As we eat, grant us the faith of our father David, a faith that cut down giants and trusted in you in the midst of the valley of the shadow of death. We pray this through our great King, Jesus Christ, Amen!

Wine: Christ as King, Revelation
            Blessed are You Lord God for you promised to send one shepherd, to feed your people and lead them into green pastures and quiet waters. We praise for this good shepherd who has come and laid down his life for the sheep. We exalt your name for this Shepherd is the Son of God who was dead and now lives, whose eyes are like a flame of fire and whose feet are like brass. Who has the seven Spirits and the Key of David. We ask Almighty God that you would strengthen us as we drink that we may be counted among those who overcome so that in the end our Great Shepherd will clothe us in white garments and write on us the name of our God. This we pray through Christ our Savior. Amen

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Let the saints be joyful in glory, let them sing aloud on their beds, let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; to bind the kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron. Psalm 149:5-8