5th April 2020

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Sunday 5th April 2020 Palm Sunday


Leader:        Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father

                   and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

All:             And also with you

Leader:        This is the day that the Lord has made.

All:             Let us rejoice and be glad in it.


Collect for Palm Sunday

All:             True and humble king,

                   Hailed by the crowd as Messiah:

                    Grant us the faith to know you and love you

                   That we may be found beside you

                   On the way of the cross, which is the path of glory.                          Amen.


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                   ZOOM Coffee after the service

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I hope you all found the link and made your own Palm Cross for this morning


In this week before Easter we remember how Jesus set his face to Jerusalem to complete the work he planned before the beginning of time to bring hope, salvation and new life to all who would receive his ministry to them.

The Palm Cross is a symbol of the fickleness of human nature as well as Jesus victory through the cross as we remember the crowd greeting him joyously on his arrival and then baying for his death just a few days later.

So let us now hold up our own cross and pray together:

All:    God our Saviour,

          Whose son Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem as Messiah

          to suffer and to die;

          Let these palms be for us signs of his victory

          And grant that we who bear them in his name

          May ever hail him as our King,

          And follow him in the way that leads to eternal life;

          Who is alive and reigns with you,

          In the unity of the Holy Spirit,

          One God, now and for ever. Amen.

Leader:        Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

All:             Glory to you O Lord.


Matthew 21:1-11                           The Message

The Royal Welcome

21 1-3 When they neared Jerusalem, having arrived at Bethphage on Mount Olives, Jesus sent two disciples with these instructions: “Go over to the village across from you. You’ll find a donkey tethered there, her colt with her. Untie her and bring them to me. If anyone asks what you’re doing, say, ‘The Master needs them!’ He will send them with you.”

4-5 This is the full story of what was sketched earlier by the prophet:

Tell Zion’s daughter,
“Look, your king’s on his way,
    poised and ready, mounted
On a donkey, on a colt,
    foal of a pack animal.”

6-9 The disciples went and did exactly what Jesus told them to do. They led the donkey and colt out, laid some of their clothes on them, and Jesus mounted. Nearly all the people in the crowd threw their garments down on the road, giving him a royal welcome. Others cut branches from the trees and threw them down as a welcome mat. Crowds went ahead and crowds followed, all of them calling out, “Hosanna to David’s son!” “Blessed is he who comes in God’s name!” “Hosanna in highest heaven!”

10 As he made his entrance into Jerusalem, the whole city was shaken. Unnerved, people were asking, “What’s going on here? Who is this?”

11 The parade crowd answered, “This is the prophet Jesus, the one from Nazareth in Galilee.”


Leader:        this is the gospel of the Lord

All:             Praise to you, O Christ.


Leader:        The world belongs to God,

All:             The earth and all its people.

Leader:        How good it is, how wonderful,

All:             To live together in unity.

Leader:        Love and faith come together,

All:             Justice and peace join hands.

Leader:        If Christ’s disciples keep silent

All:             These stones would shout aloud.

Leader:        Open our lips, O God,

All:             And our mouths shall proclaim your praise.


In a moment of silence let us reflect on those things that are making us anxious at this time, our worries for ourselves and others, the fear of the unknown or for tomorrow.

Let us place these things at the foot of the cross and seek God’s peace in them as we leave them with God.


Leader:        Move among us, O God; give us life:

All:             Let your people rejoice in you.

Leader:        Make our hearts clean within us:

All:             Renew us in mind and in Spirit.

Leader:        Give us again the joy of your help:

All:             With your Spirit of freedom sustain us.






We say the Lord’s Prayer together

Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be your name,

Your kingdom come,

Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,

Give us today our daily bread,

Forgive us our sins,

As we forgive those who sin against us,

Save us in the time of trial

And deliver us from evil,

For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours,

Now and forever. Amen.


Our second reading:            Psalm 63: 1-8  The Message (MSG)

A David Psalm, When He Was out in the Judean Wilderness

63 God—you’re my God!
    I can’t get enough of you!
I’ve worked up such hunger and thirst for God,
    traveling across dry and weary deserts.

2-4 So here I am in the place of worship, eyes open,
    drinking in your strength and glory.
In your generous love I am really living at last!
    My lips brim praises like fountains.
I bless you every time I take a breath;
    My arms wave like banners of praise to you.

5-8 I eat my fill of prime rib and gravy;
    I smack my lips. It’s time to shout praises!
If I’m sleepless at midnight,
    I spend the hours in grateful reflection.
Because you’ve always stood up for me,
    I’m free to run and play.
I hold on to you for dear life,
    and you hold me steady as a post.


Reflection from the Rectory


Time to Pray      Liz   



Leader:        With the whole church

All:             We affirm that we are made in God’s image,

                   Befriended by Christ, empowered by the Spirit.


Leader:        With people everywhere

All:             We affirm God’s goodness at the heart of humanity,

                   Planted more deeply than all that is wrong.






                   May the Father,

                   Who so loved the world that he gave his only son,

                   Bring you by faith to his eternal life.           



                   May Christ,

                   Who accepted the cup of sacrifice

                   In obedience to the Fathers will,

                   Keep you steadfast as you walk with him the way of the cross.                              Amen.


                   May the Spirit,

                   Who strengthens us to suffer with Christ

                   That we may share his glory,

                   Set your minds on life and peace.



                   And the blessing of God almighty,

                   The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

                   Be among you and remain with you always.


Leader:        Go in peace to love and serve;

All:             We will seek peace and pursue it.



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