March 28th 2021

Raised arm holding palms


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Sunday 28th March 2021      Palm Sunday                          Lent 6


Have you got a Palm Cross? Click on the picture above to see a Youtube video on how to make one from a piece of A4 paper.


Leader:                  We come from scattered lives to meet with God.

                             Let us recognise his presence with us.

                             A moment of quiet as we each call on God’s presence where we are and hold our Palm Cross


All:                        God our Saviour,

                             Whose Son Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem as Messiah to suffer and to die;

                             Let our Palms be for us a sign 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;                         Amen.


Leader:                  I was glad when they said to me,

                             “let us go to the house of the Lord.”

All:                       And look, now we stand in that place,

                             In the city beloved of God.


Leader:                 Jerusalem proudly is built,

                             To gather the people together.

All:                       She welcomes the children of God

                             Who worship their maker in unity.


Leader:                 here they give thanks to the Lord

                             According to God’s deep desire;

All:                       Here is our monarch’s own court

                             And the thrones of the household of faith.


Leader:                 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:

                             May they prosper whose love is for you.

All:                       Peace be within your walls

                             And prosperity be in your palaces.


Leader:                 For the sake of my family and friends,

                             I will say, “May God’s peace be in you.”

All:                       Out of love for the house of the Lord,

                             I will pray for its well-being for ever.                     of Psalm 122

Leader:                  The peace of the Lord be always with you

All:                       And also with you.



Leader:      A welcome to our You Tube service and notices


Please join us for coffee on Zoom immediately after this service (click on the second link on this service sheet at the top of page.)


A big thank you to everyone who supported the Real Easter Eggs donation to Cirencester foodbank. Thanks to generous donations from indivuduals and parishes we raised about £450 to buy just over 100 Real Easter Eggs which all include a 24 page activity booklet explaining the real meaning of easter.


Zoom Children’s Church is at 9:30am via a private link please speak to Rev Trevor Kemp for how to join or see our website.

Reopening of churches for services – details are on the website and will be updated (the usual calendar has been removed)

Foodbank – give food donations at local collection points or online donations. To find out how to donate please go to our Foodbank page

Zoom Home Groups- Wed: contact Martin and Jill Kingston

Thur 7:30pm – Everyone Welcome. just join via our website link or speak to Rev Trev

Zoom coffee mornings weekdays 10:30 (link on Virtual Church Hall tab)

Zoom Night Prayer (compline) 9:00PM Mon-Fri – via website.

Zoom Prayer Meeting Tuesday 8:30 – 9:00am  starting Tuesday 9th February 2021



Palm Sunday 28th March at 6:00pm Zoom Informal evening worship

Maundy Thursday 1st April 7:30pm Zoom reflection from the Rectory

Good Friday 2nd April     Childrens service online stream

                                      12:00 noon Sapperton St Kenelm meditation in churchyard

                                      2:00 pm walk with cross from village hall to St Luke. And outdoor meditation live at Frampton Mansell

                                      11.30 walk & reflection from the War Memorial Coates then 11.50 (approx)
                                      Good Friday Reflection in St. Matthew Coates churchyard (30 mins.
                                      No more than 30 people at either location)

                                      2:30pm Reflection live at Somerford Keynes (30 mins)

Holy Saturday 3rd April   6:30pm Easter light outside at St Osmund Tarlton (Rodmarton if very bad weather)

Easter Sunday 4th April   6:30am Sunrise Communion at Poole Keynes

                                      10:00am All Saints Kemble Easter Communion in person 

                                      (limited to 30 people) & live stream                                                                                                        

                                       11:00am St Michael Poole Keynes Family Service

                                      11:00am St Luke Frampton Mansell Churchyard Celebration (outdoors)


It will help greatly (and avoid potential disappointment) if you contact the Church Warden(s) in advance to confirm there is room in the building.


A time for reflection and confession:

Leader:        Jesus saw the city and wept over it,

                   Because it did not recognise the time of God’s coming.

                   We confess our part in the self-centredness,

                   Blindness and sin of the life of our community.             

c f Luke19:41

Leader:        Before you, Jesus Christ,

                   We admit how and where

                   We have underestimated your influence,

                   Letting our words or silences hurt,

                   Abusing trust, betraying confidences.


                   Lord, have mercy;

All:             Christ, have mercy.


Leader:        We admit how and where

                   We have made a show of our religion,

                   Attracting more attention to us,

                   And less to you.


                   Lord, have mercy;

All:             Christ, have mercy.


Leader:        We admit to where in our lives a vague interest

                   Has become a dangerous passion,

                   And we are not sure what to do

                   Or whether we are still in control.


                   Lord, have mercy;

All:             Christ, have mercy.


Leader:        Lord Jesus Christ,

                   If we have looked for or longed for an easier gospel,

                   A lighter cross,

                   A less demanding saviour,

All:             Then turn our eyes and avert our longing

                   From what we want to choose

                   To the one who has chosen us.


                   Forgive our unfaithfulness,

                   And, for our better living,

                   Give us not the remedy we desire tomorrow,

                   But the grace you offer today.


All:              We ask this for your loves sake. Amen.



Collect Prayer:


                   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.



Reading :            

Isaiah 50: 4-9        © NRSV


The Servant’s Humiliation and Vindication

The Lord God has given me
    the tongue of a teacher,
that I may know how to sustain
    the weary with a word.
Morning by morning he wakens—
    wakens my ear
    to listen as those who are taught.
The Lord God has opened my ear,
    and I was not rebellious,
    I did not turn backwards.
I gave my back to those who struck me,
    and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard;
I did not hide my face
    from insult and spitting.

The Lord God helps me;
    therefore I have not been disgraced;
therefore I have set my face like flint,
    and I know that I shall not be put to shame;
    he who vindicates me is near.
Who will contend with me?
    Let us stand up together.
Who are my adversaries?
    Let them confront me.
It is the Lord God who helps me;
    who will declare me guilty?



Leader:        Humble and riding on a donkey,

All:             we greet you.


Leader:        acclaimed by crowds and carolled by children,

All:             We cheer you.


Leader:        Moving from the peace of the countryside

                   To the corridors of power,

All:             We salute you, Christ our lord.


Leader:        You are giving the beasts of burden a new dignity;

                   You are giving majesty a new face;

                   You are giving those who long for redemption a new song to sing.

All:             With them, with heart and voice,

                   We shout ‘hosanna!’




Reading:    Mark 11: 1-11                 © The Message


When they were nearing Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany on Mount Olives, he sent off two of the disciples with instructions: “Go to the village across from you. As soon as you enter, you’ll find a colt tethered, one that has never yet been ridden. Untie it and bring it. If anyone asks, ‘What are you doing?’ say, ‘The Master needs him, and will return him right away.’”


4-7 They went and found a colt tied to a door at the street corner and untied it. Some of those standing there said, “What are you doing untying that colt?” The disciples replied exactly as Jesus had instructed them, and the people let them alone. They brought the colt to Jesus, spread their coats on it, and he mounted.


8-10 The people gave him a wonderful welcome, some throwing their coats on the street, others spreading out rushes they had cut in the fields. Running ahead and following after, they were calling out,



Blessed is he who comes in God’s name!

Blessed the coming kingdom of our father David!

Hosanna in highest heaven!


11 He entered Jerusalem, then entered the Temple. He looked around, taking it all in. But by now it was late, so he went back to Bethany with the Twelve.


Gospel Acclamation

                   Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory.

                   Your worship is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

                   Praise to you, O Christ, king of eternal glory.


Reflection from the Rectory


Affirmation of faith


Leader:        We proclaim the church’s faith in Jesus Christ.

All:             We believe and declare that our lord Jesus Christ,

                   The son of God, is both divine and human.


                   God, of the being of the Father,

                   The only son from before time began;

                   Human from the being of his mother, born in the world;

All:             fully God and fully human;

                   Human in both mind and body.


                   As God he is equal to the Father,

                   As human he is less than the Father.

All:             Although he is both divine and human

                   He is not two beings but one Christ.


                   One, not by turning God into flesh,

                   But by taking humanity into God;

All:             Truly one, not by mixing humanity with Godhead,

                   But by being one person.


                   For as mind and body form one human being

                   So the one Christ is both divine and human.

All:             The Word became flesh and lived among us;

                   We have seen his glory,

                   The glory of the only Son from the Father,

                   Full of grace and truth

                   Amen.                                                       from the Athanasian creed



Now let us pray together

On Palm Sunday with eyes set on Jesus we pray together as we remember his arrival in Jerusalem.

Jesus who prayed ‘not my will but yours’ as he gave his life for ours. Like him let us pray to the Father who loved the world so much he sent his only Son to give us life.

                   Lord Jesus Christ,

                   …… over the broken glass of our world,

                   The rumours meant to hurt,

                   The prejudice meant to wound,

                   The weapons meant to kill,

                   Ride on…..trampling our attempts at disaster into dust.

All:             Ride on, ride on in majesty.


                   …Over the distance which separates us from you,

                   And it is such a distance,

                   Measurable  in half truths,       

                                      In unkept promises,

                                      In second best obedience,

                   Ride on….

                   Until you touch and heal us,

                   Who feel for no one but ourselves.

All:             Ride on, ride on in majesty.


                   …Through the back streets

                   And the sin bins

                   And the sniggered-at corners of the city,

                   Where human life festers and love runs cold,

                   Ride on…

                   Bring hope and dignity

                   Where most send scorn and silence.

All:             Ride on, ride on in majesty.


                   For you, O Christ, do care

                   And must show us how.

                   On our own,

                   Our ambitions rival your summons

                   And thus threaten good faith

                   And neglect God’s people.


                   In your company and at your side,

                   We might yet help to bandage and heal

                   The wounds of the world.

All:             Ride on, ride on in majesty,

                   And take us with you. Amen.


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.



Leader:        This is love, not that we loved God,

All:             but that he loved us and sent his son.


                   He is the sacrifice for our sins,

All:             that we might live through him.


                   If God loves us so much

All:             We ought to love one another.


                   If we love one another,

All:             God lives in us.

cf 1 John 4: 12


Aaronic Blessing:


                   The Lord bless you and keep you;

                   The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;

                   The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. Amen.



All:    We go into the world to walk in God’s light,

          To rejoice in God’s love and to reflect God’s glory. Amen.

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