Sunday@ 7 – Palm Sunday 5.4.20

Sunday@ 7 – Palm Sunday  5.4.20

Here is a short order of worship for Palm Sunday Evening which includes the words of the prayer which Christians are being invited to pray together at 7p.m. You may want to begin this time of worship about 6.55p.m. to allow you to join in with the prayer at the right time. I hope to post a little video on the church facebook page about  6.55p.m. if you want to join in that way.

Look at your Palm Cross and light a candle ….. take a moment of quietness to still your mind and open your hearts to receive God’s blessing and love.

The Psalmist says

‘May God bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord !

From the Temple of the Lord we bless you.

The Lord is God;he has been good to us

With branches in your hands, start the festival and march round the altar

You are my God and I give you thanks; I will proclaim your greatness ‘

Bible Reading – Matthew 21: 1 – 11

Reflection

Jesus’ Palm Sunday way was

the way of the donkey, not the war horse of power

the way of the gathering crowds of ordinary people who wanted to be near him

the way of unexpected celebration in a time of turmoil

the way of hope in days of uncertainty

Jesus’ Palm Sunday way was

the way of humility

the way of peace

the way of service

the way of love

This Palm Sunday and always may we be followers of Christ’s way

Let us pray together and with thousands across our land

Living God, for the precious gift of life that you have given to us,

We give you thanks.

For the enduring presence of your love in this world,

We give you thanks.

For the knowledge that you are with us at the close of the day,

We give you thanks.

On this day, we hear the Gospel words that speak of hope,

We hear the cry: Hosanna!

We hear the Gospel words that speak of promise,

We hear the cry: Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord!

On this day, we journey in hope as we trust in your promise.

Lord, as we journey into the Holy Week to come,

We are conscious that we share in the life of the world.

We are conscious of the presence of those who are near to us,

And of those from whom we are apart.

Whether near, or far, embrace us all in your love.

Lord, we are conscious of others,

Whose life and work is woven into the fabric of our society,

And upon whom we now depend.

We pray for them:

For delivery drivers and posties,

For refuse collectors and cleaners,

For police officers and care workers,

Protect them and keep them safe.

For nurses and doctors,

For scientists and surgeons,

For midwives and ambulance drivers,

Protect them and watch over them.

For those who govern on our behalf,

For those who make decisions that impact upon us all,

For all who shape our common life,

Protect them and increase their wisdom and understanding.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

And grant us faith to journey into the week to come,

Assured of the presence of the crucified and risen Lord,

Jesus Christ. Amen.”

 

 

Each evening of Holy Week , there will be a short reflection – the words will be provided on the website and we are hoping to add a short video on facebook. To help in these reflections you might want to set up a wee table or space somewhere in your house – and we will add different objects each evening

 

Every evening – candle

Palm Sunday – palm cross, greenery

Monday – soap or hand cream or perfume bottle

Tuesday – shoe or footprint

Wednesday-jug and small towel

Thursday – cup and plate

Friday – cross, nails