A Palm Sunday Service

With our communal worship services current "on hold", in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, what follows is a contemporary Palm Sunday service which, I pray, you can participate in at a time(s) that are convenient to you. This 'service' will take about thirty (30) minutes.

Call to Worship

In recollection of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, every generation of believers, once yearly, welcomes Christ anew on this day which we call Palm Sunday. Today marks the beginning of Holy Week, the week prior to Christ’s crucifixion, the most holy season of the Christian year.

As we prepare to walk this week with our Lord, let us begin by bowing our heads, closing our eyes and in a brief period of silence acknowledging the presence of the Holy Spirit with us and also all our brothers and sisters around the world as they too prepare to honour and receive Him.

Opening Hymn

 

Let us continue by watching, and please do feel free to sing along with, the video, the wonderful "All Glory, Laud and Honour."

When you are ready - click the "play" button on the video window, below:

The Prayer for the Day (Collect)

 

Let us pray together.

Jesus, when you rode into Jerusalem
the people waved palms
with shouts of acclamation.
Grant that when the shouting dies
we may still walk beside you even to a cross;
for the glory of your holy name.     Amen.

Confession

 

Let us pray together.

God of mercy,
we have sinned against you and against others.
We have sinned in what we have done,
and in what we have failed to do.
We are truly sorry.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
who died for our sins,
forgive us all that is past
and raise us to newness of life.   Amen.

An Assurance of Forgiveness

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Psalm 118 : 1-2, 19-29 (A Song of Victory)

 

Let us read together, aloud:

1   O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
        his steadfast love endures forever!

 

2   Let Israel say,
        “His steadfast love endures forever.”

 

19 Open to me the gates of righteousness,
        that I may enter through them
        and give thanks to the Lord.

 

20 This is the gate of the Lord;
        the righteous shall enter through it.

 

21 I thank you that you have answered me
        and have become my salvation.

22 The stone that the builders rejected
        has become the chief cornerstone.

23 This is the Lord’s doing;
        it is marvelous in our eyes.

24 This is the day that the Lord has made;
        let us rejoice and be glad in it.

25 Save us, we beseech you, O Lord!
        O Lord, we beseech you, give us success!

 

26 Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
        We bless you from the house of the Lord.

27 The Lord is God,
        and he has given us light.
      Bind the festal procession with branches,
        up to the horns of the altar.

 

28 You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
        you are my God, I will extol you.

 

29 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
        for his steadfast love endures forever.

The Gradual Hymn

 

Let us continue by watching, and please do feel free to sing along with, the video from Winchester Cathedral in the UK, the inspirational "Ride On, Ride On In Majesty."

When you are ready - click the "play" button on the video window, below:

The Gospel Reading, Matthew 21:1-11 (Jesus' Triumphal Entry Into Jerusalem)

 

Let us read together, aloud:

1 When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives,
    Jesus sent two disciples,


2 saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied,
   and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me.

3 If anyone says anything to you, just say this, ‘The Lord needs them.’
   And he will send them immediately.

4 This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,


5 “Tell the daughter of Zion,
          Look, your king is coming to you,
              humble, and mounted on a donkey,
                  and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”


6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them;

7 they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them.

8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees
   and spread them on the road.

9 The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,

          “Hosanna to the Son of David!
              Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
                  Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

 

10 When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?”

11 The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Pause and Reflect

 

Just take a moment now to pause. Bow your head, close your eyes. In your mind's eye picture that day, that procession, SEE Jesus on that donkey and reflect upon:

 

"Who IS this?"

When you are ready to listen, click the "play" button, below:

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Our Prayers (and I encourage you to pray aloud)

 

A prayer for the Corona Virus situation
 

Merciful God, we pray for the people who have contracted the coronavirus in New Zealand and around the world.  Bring comfort to those grieving loved ones have died and peace to those worried, fearful and uncertain as the virus spreads.  We also pray for governments and authorities who are developing strategies to contain and deal with the virus and those in the health services who may be risking their own lives to care for sick patients.



Heavenly Father, help us all to be understanding, patient, and responsible in what we do in our lives to prevent the spread of the virus by taking heed of the recommended precautions and avoiding situations which may make things worse.

Jesus Christ, you travelled through towns and villages, bringing sight to the blind, curing every disease and illness. At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.



(pause for silent, personal reflection)
Lord, in your Mercy: Hear my Prayer



Almighty God, as we begin Holy Week hearing again, the story of Christ’s entry into Jerusalem and His passion, may it help us to truly understand the sacrifice He made for us as we reflect on some aspects of the challenges of the faith that we have in Him.

Despite being unable to gather in our churches we give thanks for all those who are putting together and posting digital worship, enabling us to be together in spirit as we relive the Easter story, a story which fills us with hope and confidence that there will be an end to the chaos of the Covid-19 pandemic.

(pause for silent, personal reflection)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear my Prayer

We think of Christ the servant.



Holy God, teach us to be generous. Teach us to serve you as you deserve; to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labour and not to ask for reward, save that of knowing that we do Your will.

(pause for silent, personal reflection)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear my Prayer
 


We think of Christ at prayer whilst his disciples sleep.

 

Gracious God we recognise that sometimes we put off prayer and thanksgiving as we give way to our human frailty.  We thank you for those who pray and intercede on our behalf both in heaven and here on earth.


(pause for silent, personal reflection)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear my Prayer



We think of Christ betrayed with a kiss and with denials.

Almighty God, please help us never to abandon someone in their time of greatest need. Help us to forgive those who have wounded us or abandoned us in times of crisis.  Cleanse our hearts from bitterness and resentment so that we can be more like Jesus, who was abandoned and betrayed by those closest to him.

(pause for silent, personal reflection)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear my Prayer

We think of Christ falsely tried.

Merciful God, we pray today for those facing the mockery of a trial, knowing that there is no justice for them and that their sentence might lead to a long term of imprisonment or even death.  We remember too those who languish in jails that are overcrowded or in inhumane conditions and those who await their fate on “death row”

(pause for silent, personal reflection)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear my Prayer


We think of Christ tortured and violently executed.

Everlasting God, your son was tortured, beaten and humiliated, and sentenced to an agonising death though he had done no wrong. We pray for all prisoners throughout the world and ask you to be with them in the darkness of their prison cell, in the loneliness of separation from those they love and in their fear in the face of torture, execution and death.

(pause for silent, personal reflection)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear my Prayer

We think of Christ’s compassion despite the way he received none himself.

Loving God we pray for all who bring comfort, care and healing especially our Health Services who are bravely caring for those who are in need in this worldwide crisis.  We pray for the sick, the sorrowful, those who have recently died and those who  are bereaved by their passing. <please ADD NAMES you know of of those requesting prayer and those recently departed>

(pause for silent, personal reflection)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear my Prayer

Father  God, as we journey through Holy Week we commend ourselves and all those whom we live amongst, for whom Christ suffered, to His mercy and protection.


(pause for silent, personal reflection)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear my Prayer



Everlasting God we thank you for having heard us and, confident that all is safely in your hands, wherever we may be, confined to home or restricted in any way we know that we are surrounded by your love and care in all that we do in the coming week.

(pause for silent, personal reflection)

Lord, in your Mercy: Hear my Prayer

Merciful father: accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.  AMEN.

The Lord's Prayer

 

Remebering that we are confident to pray thisday, and every day, beacuse Jesus Christ has taught us:
 

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever.   Amen.

A Closing Hymn

 

Let us continue by watching, and please do feel free to sing along with, the video from The Royal Albert Hall, in London, that fills us with the HOPE that we all share; "Shine, Jesus Shine"

When you are ready - click the "play" button on the video window, below:

The Grace

 

May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Love of God, and the Fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with me now and always. Amen

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