Palm Sunday John 12:12-16 Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!

JOHN 12:12-16

12The next day the great crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting, 
     “Hosanna! 
     Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord — 
          the King of Israel!” 
14Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it; as it is written: 
15  “Do not be afraid, daughter of Zion. 
     Look, your king is coming, 
          sitting on a donkey’s colt!” 
16His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written of him and had been done to him.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the breath.
  • You have heard that Jesus is coming.
  • You come out to the festival to meet him.
  • What do you hear?
  • What do you have in your hand to wave at him?
  • What words arise in you to shout out?
  • Jesus is coming for the world and for you?
  • What needs to be healed in the world today?
  • What needs to be healed in you today?
  • Do not be afraid.
  • He comes in the name of the Lord!
  • Be open to receive.
  • Be open to share.
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, April 1, 2012, Palm Sunday (Passion Sunday) Year B
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Mark 14:1-15,47

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD


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About Lil Smith

My simple life… is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God lead me. I have been married to Greg for 26 years and we have three wonderful children. My simple life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God take control. I followed God’s call to begin seminary at Perkins School of Theology in January 2006. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God’s call. I began the Degree in the Art of Spiritual Direction at San Francisco Theological Seminary in January 2009. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. I was ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA and spent three amazing years in Pastoral Ministry at Highland Springs Senior Living in Dallas, TX. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. My passion is the Christian Spiritual Life. As a spiritual director and retreat leader, I am so blessed to hear how God is at work in the world. How is God at work in your life?
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