If you listen carefully you can almost hear it,
Drifting through the air, singing and dancing.
It gets closer and closer, louder and louder,
Songs of joy and hope.
The Kingdom is coming! Can you see it?
The Kingdom is coming! Will we join in the parade?
PRAYER OF CONFESSION/ASSURANCE OF PARDON
God, when we open our eyes and ears we can see and hear the signs of the coming Kingdom,
We want to join in the singing and dancing and rejoicing.
It seems that nothing can stop the good times from coming.
But is that really true? Do we really believe it?
Or do we work to find ways to block the Kingdom?
Maybe. God, for those days when we get in the way of the parade, for the ways we try to interrupt the festivities, for our reticence to embrace the possibility of the Kingdom, forgive us.
…time of silent prayer…
God is the leader of the parade. God calls us to the celebration. Even when we have doubts or try to block the Kingdom, God still calls us to sing and dance for joy. We are forgiven.
Blessed be the One whose kingdom comes on a donkey! Amen.
We have marched and sung with the crowds.
We share their hope for better things to come.
The week ahead will throw cold water on that hope.
But we still try to sing our hope. For even if our voices are stilled the very stones will take up the song.
As we go into the world of hope and challenge, remember that in the hope and in the challenge we are not alone. God walks with us as we journey towards the Kingdom.
Thanks be to God! Hosanna and Hallelujah!