Hosanna

Hosanna!
The King is coming
Hosanna!

We cheer your entry into our city
into our nation
into our conflicts.

We cheer your coming to set things straight
take control
restore order.

Hosanna!
The King is coming
Hosanna!

We cheer your riding to rescue us from hard times and
economic vulnerability and personal depression.

We cheer you because you are on our side.
you will make everything better
safer
healthier
wealthier

Hosanna!
The King is coming
Hosanna!

We cheer you… but where are you going?
To the poor and perishing
the humble and heartbroken
the lame and the lonely.

We cheer you… but what are you doing?
Feeding the hungry
comforting the widow
calming the madness
raising the dead.

We cheer you… how are you conquering?
You turn the other cheek
pray for your persecutors
forgive your executioners.

We cheer you… how are you reigning?
turning over tables
arrested in Gethsemane
dying on a Roman cross
buried in a stone covered tomb.
Hosanna!
The King is coming
Hosanna!

Grant us faith, Lord, that we may follow you
into Jerusalem
into our lives
into the life of the world.

Grant us strength, Lord, that we may face the challenges
of hunger and poverty
homelessness and divorce
sickness and death.

Grant us courage, Lord, that we may embrace
love over hate
peace over war
freedom over slavery.

Grant us forgiveness, Lord, that we may
worship and praise you
follow and obey you
live and serve you.

Hosanna!
The King is coming
Hosanna!

Amen.

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