Palm Sunday Service 5th April 2020

 

St Leonard’s Church, Sandridge

Parish Communion

Palm Sunday

                                                                                                                                                                            

 

                   A warm welcome to you all.   As we recall Jesus’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem, in our imagination, we join the crowds shouting and waving branches and palms. You may have last year’s palm cross to hand or be able to make a simple cross or branch of greenery at home.

 

Greeting

       Hosanna to the Son of David, the King of Israel

All   Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

         Hosanna in the highest

 

Prayer over Palm Crosses

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

 

The Palm Gospel

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to   Matthew
All        Glory to you, O Lord

 

 

 Matthew 21.1-11

When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 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. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, ‘The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately.” This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying, “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.” The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 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!” When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?” The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”                                                                    

 

This is the Gospel of Christ.
All        Praise to you, O Christ

 

Hymn

We sing our opening hymn All Glory Lord and Honour with optional waving of branches and processing round the home -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhbYS31TYbs

Our Prayer for Today

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.

 

Prayers of Penitence

On Palm Sunday, the crowds worshipped Jesus. On good Friday they shouted for him to die. 

Let us who also worship him, confess that we sometimes reject him, and ask his forgiveness.:

 

Lord Jesus Christ, you come to us in peace, but we shut the door of our mind against you.  In your mercy:

All        Forgive us and help us.

 

You come to us in humility, but we prefer our own proud ways.  In your mercy:

All        Forgive us and help us.

 

You come to us in judgement, but we cling to our familiar sins. In your mercy:

All        Forgive us and help us.

 

You come to us in majesty, but we will not have you to reign over us.  In your mercy:

All        Forgive us and help us.

 

All        Lord, forgive our empty praise,         

fill our loveless hearts;                                                                                   

come to us and make our lives 

your home for ever.  Amen.

 

May the God of love and power
forgive us and free us from our sins,
heal and strengthen us by his Spirit,
and raise us to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen

  

The Passion Reading

Praise to you O Christ, king of eternal glory.

Christ humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross

Therefore God has highly exalted him

and given him the name that is above every name.

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

 

The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew

 

Matthew 26.14 - 27.66 

 

Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

14 Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15 and said, ‘What will you give me if I betray him to you?’ They paid him thirty pieces of silver. 16 And from that moment he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.

 

The Passover with the Disciples

17 On the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, ‘Where do you want us to make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?’ 18 He said, ‘Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, “The Teacher says, My time is near; I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.”’ 19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover meal.

 

20 When it was evening, he took his place with the twelve; 21 and while they were eating, he said, ‘Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.’ 22 And they became greatly distressed and began to say to him one after another, ‘Surely not I, Lord?’ 23 He answered, ‘The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. 24 The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born.’ 25 Judas, who betrayed him, said, ‘Surely not I, Rabbi?’ He replied, ‘You have said so.’

 

The Institution of the Lord’s Supper

26 While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body.’ 27 Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you; 28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you, I will never again drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.’

 

30 When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

 

Peter’s Denial Foretold

31 Then Jesus said to them, ‘You will all become deserters because of me this night; for it is written,

 

“I will strike the shepherd,

    and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.”

 

32 But after I am raised up, I will go ahead of you to Galilee.’ 33 Peter said to him, ‘Though all become deserters because of you, I will never desert you.’ 34 Jesus said to him, ‘Truly I tell you, this very night, before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.’ 35 Peter said to him, ‘Even though I must die with you, I will not deny you.’ And so said all the disciples.

 

Jesus Prays in Gethsemane

36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray.’ 37 He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and agitated. 38 Then he said to them, ‘I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me.’ 39 And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.’ 40 Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, ‘So, could you not stay awake with me one hour? 41 Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.’ 42 Again he went away for the second time and prayed, ‘My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.’ 43 Again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44 So leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words. 45 Then he came to the disciples and said to them, ‘Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand.’

 

The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

47 While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; with him was a large crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48 Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, ‘The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him.’ 49 At once he came up to Jesus and said, ‘Greetings, Rabbi!’ and kissed him. 50 Jesus said to him, ‘Friend, do what you are here to do.’ Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and arrested him. 51 Suddenly, one of those with Jesus put his hand on his sword, drew it, and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off his ear. 52 Then Jesus said to him, ‘Put your sword back into its place; for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. 53 Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then would the scriptures be fulfilled, which say it must happen in this way?’ 55 At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, ‘Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me as though I were a bandit? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not arrest me. 56 But all this has taken place, so that the scriptures of the prophets may be fulfilled.’ Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.

 

Jesus before the High Priest

57 Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, in whose house the scribes and the elders had gathered. 58 But Peter was following him at a distance, as far as the courtyard of the high priest; and going inside, he sat with the guards in order to see how this would end. 59 Now the chief priests and the whole council were looking for false testimony against Jesus so that they might put him to death, 60 but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. At last two came forward 61 and said, ‘This fellow said, “I am able to destroy the temple of God and to build it in three days.”’ 62 The high priest stood up and said, ‘Have you no answer? What is it that they testify against you?’ 63 But Jesus was silent. Then the high priest said to him, ‘I put you under oath before the living God, tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.’ 64 Jesus said to him, ‘You have said so. But I tell you,

 

From now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.’

 

65 Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, ‘He has blasphemed! Why do we still need witnesses? You have now heard his blasphemy. 66 What is your verdict?’ They answered, ‘He deserves death.’ 67 Then they spat in his face and struck him; and some slapped him, 68 saying, ‘Prophesy to us, you Messiah! Who is it that struck you?’

 

Peter’s Denial of Jesus

69 Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant-girl came to him and said, ‘You also were with Jesus the Galilean.’ 70 But he denied it before all of them, saying, ‘I do not know what you are talking about.’ 71 When he went out to the porch, another servant-girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders, ‘This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.’ 72 Again he denied it with an oath, ‘I do not know the man.’ 73 After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, ‘Certainly you are also one of them, for your accent betrays you.’ 74 Then he began to curse, and he swore an oath, ‘I do not know the man!’ At that moment the cock crowed. 75 Then Peter remembered what Jesus had said: ‘Before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.’ And he went out and wept bitterly.

 

Jesus Brought before Pilate

27 When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people conferred together against Jesus in order to bring about his death. 2 They bound him, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate the governor.

 

The Suicide of Judas

3 When Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he repented and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. 4 He said, ‘I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.’ But they said, ‘What is that to us? See to it yourself.’ 5 Throwing down the pieces of silver in the temple, he departed; and he went and hanged himself. 6 But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, ‘It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since they are blood money.’ 7 After conferring together, they used them to buy the potter’s field as a place to bury foreigners. 8 For this reason that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day. 9 Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah, ‘And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of the one on whom a price had been set, on whom some of the people of Israel had set a price, 10 and they gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.’

 

Pilate Questions Jesus

11 Now Jesus stood before the governor; and the governor asked him, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ Jesus said, ‘You say so.’ 12 But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he did not answer. 13 Then Pilate said to him, ‘Do you not hear how many accusations they make against you?’ 14 But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.

 

Barabbas or Jesus?

15 Now at the festival the governor was accustomed to release a prisoner for the crowd, anyone whom they wanted. 16 At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Jesus Barabbas. 17 So after they had gathered, Pilate said to them, ‘Whom do you want me to release for you, Jesus Barabbas or Jesus who is called the Messiah?’ 18 For he realized that it was out of jealousy that they had handed him over. 19 While he was sitting on the judgement seat, his wife sent word to him, ‘Have nothing to do with that innocent man, for today I have suffered a great deal because of a dream about him.’ 20 Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus killed. 21 The governor again said to them, ‘Which of the two do you want me to release for you?’ And they said, ‘Barabbas.’ 22 Pilate said to them, ‘Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?’ All of them said, ‘Let him be crucified!’ 23 Then he asked, ‘Why, what evil has he done?’ But they shouted all the more, ‘Let him be crucified!’

 

Pilate Hands Jesus over to Be Crucified

24 So when Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took some water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, ‘I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.’ 25 Then the people as a whole answered, ‘His blood be on us and on our children!’ 26 So he released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.

 

The Soldiers Mock Jesus

27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole cohort around him. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head. They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ 30 They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. 31 After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

 

The Crucifixion of Jesus

32 As they went out, they came upon a man from Cyrene named Simon; they compelled this man to carry his cross. 33 And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), 34 they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall; but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. 35 And when they had crucified him, they divided his clothes among themselves by casting lots; 36 then they sat down there and kept watch over him. 37 Over his head they put the charge against him, which read, ‘This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.’

 

38 Then two bandits were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. 39 Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads 40 and saying, ‘You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.’ 41 In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking him, saying, 42 ‘He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him. 43 He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he wants to; for he said, “I am God’s Son.”’ 44 The bandits who were crucified with him also taunted him in the same way.

 

The Death of Jesus

45 From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 46 And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ 47 When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, ‘This man is calling for Elijah.’ 48 At once one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink. 49 But the others said, ‘Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.’ 50 Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last. 51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split. 52 The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. 53 After his resurrection they came out of the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many. 54 Now when the centurion and those with him, who were keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were terrified and said, ‘Truly this man was God’s Son!’

 

55 Many women were also there, looking on from a distance; they had followed Jesus from Galilee and had provided for him. 56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

 

The Burial of Jesus

57 When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. 58 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. 59 So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth 60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away. 61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.

 

The Guard at the Tomb

62 The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate 63 and said, ‘Sir, we remember what that impostor said while he was still alive, “After three days I will rise again.” 64 Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day; otherwise his disciples may go and steal him away, and tell the people, “He has been raised from the dead”, and the last deception would be worse than the first.’ 65 Pilate said to them, ‘You have a guard of soldiers; go, make it as secure as you can.’ 66 So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone.

 

 

[And at the end…]                                                                         

This is the passion of the Lord

            [No response is made]

 

Sermon

The scene couldn’t be more different than our streets today. In their capital city of Jerusalem, large noisy crowds were gathering people pushing and shoving their way through the crowds for the annual Passover festival.  as Jesus rode into Jerusalem, many lined the street cheering and shouting “Hosanna! Hosanna!’. The crowds pull palm branches from the trees, waving them in the air and throwing them in front of the donkey, carpeting the road. It was a procession fit for a king.

Jesus was the king!  Roman military presence had been stepped up to keep control of those crowds coming in from the countryside.  You could feel the tension in the air.

 

The Passover festival recalls the time when, as refugees fleeing the military forces of superpower Egypt, God’s people were unexpectedly able to pass over the seawater inlet known as the Red Sea, to freedom. As a grateful response for His merciful act, each year lambs were slain as sacrificial offerings to God and feasts were enjoyed. This particular Passover, the networks, all by word of mouth, are full of rumours about a prophet, teacher and miracle worker named Jesus. Some say he is the Messiah; others say he cannot be because he refuses to take up arms, and how else can anyone overthrow the Roman occupying forces? As he arrives in Jerusalem, the cries of Hosanna ringing all around, Jesus is heralded as a King – yet what kind of King is he?

 

Matthew helps his Jewish readership understand Jesus’s part in the ultimate destiny of God’s people.  ‘Tell your daughters, see your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey’ (Matt 21v5). By quoting Zechariah 14, he refers to a future time when ‘the Lord standing on the Mount of Olives’ will bring judgement and renewal. Matthew is linking this future hope of an awaited Messiah, the future King from David’s line with the man in front of them riding down the Mount of Olives. The King of Kings. Did his reader’s understand who Jesus really was? Or was their idea of God blinded from reality?

 

I was listening to an atheist comic last night on TV who was decrying Christians. I think he had the wrong idea of God as well. I wonder if you can think of a time when what you thought of God, wasn’t really what He is at all?  Perhaps we expect Him to solve all our difficulties and make life easier. Or maybe have too low expectations of his ability to answer prayer. As we read today’s passion narrative the fickleness of the crowds is stark. Might this extreme contrast from love to hate, help us to recognise our own misplaced affections or misunderstanding of God? God comes to save in a way that is apparently weak, through a man who does not defend himself with the best lawyers, who watches his disciples and opponents not only betray him but themselves.

 

The Palm Sunday scene in Jerusalem couldn’t be more different than our streets today. We have more time to reflect, far away from crowds or distractions, let us watch and wait this week as we hear the Easter story unfold, aware of our desire, both to both cheer and run away, from Christ on this final earthly journey.

 

 

The Prayers

 

Lord Jesus,
we pray for all who give of themselves sacrificially,
for those whose lives are dedicated to serving others:
parents, carers, foster carers, doctors, nurses…
those caring for children or elderly relatives.
Let us travel together and lighten the load.

We pray for those serving in war-torn countries
around the world:
medics, those who work in missions, the media,
NGOs and charities,
who bring food, shelter and healing to those in need,
sometimes putting their lives on the line.
Let us travel together and lighten the load.

We pray for those in our communities who need our unconditional love:
those hurting from broken relationships, abuse, bullying, domestic violence…
children and adults whose lives are bereft of love and hope.
Let us travel together and lighten the load.

We pray that we might be Easter people,
laying down our lives to serve others,
bringing hope to hopeless situations – the hope
of the cross and resurrection.
Let us travel together and lighten the load.
Amen.

 

 

The Peace

Once we were far off,
but now in union with Christ Jesus

we have been brought near
through the shedding of Christ’s blood,
for he is our peace.

           

The peace of the Lord be always with you

All   and also with you.

 

We are offering our resources in new and different ways to God at this time – we can continue to support financially the life and ministry of St Leonard’s online (see http://www.sandridgechurch.org.uk/join-in/make-a-donation/) and by generously giving our talents, time and energies in supporting friends and neighbours. So let us offer all acts of generosity and kindness to God.

Offertory Sentence

Yours, Lord, is the greatness, the power,
the glory, the splendour, and the majesty;
for everything in heaven and on earth is yours.
All        All things come from you,
            and of your own do we give you.

The Thanksgiving Prayer

 

The Lord is here.
All        His Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts.
All        We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All        It is right to give thanks and praise.

 

It is indeed right and just,

our duty and our salvation,

always and everywhere to give you thanks,

holy Father, almighty and eternal God,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

For as the time of his passion and resurrection draws near

the whole world is called to acknowledge his hidden majesty.

The power of the life-giving cross

reveals the judgement that has come upon the world and the triumph of Christ crucified.

He is the victim who dies no more,

the Lamb once slain, who lives for ever,

our advocate in heaven to plead our cause,

exalting us there to join with angels and archangels,

for ever praising you and singing:

 

All        Holy, holy, holy Lord,
            God of power and might,
            heaven and earth are full of your glory.
            Hosanna in the highest.

            Blessed is he comes in the name of the Lord

            Hosanna in the highest

 

Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness;

grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit,

and according to your holy will,

these gifts of bread and wine

may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ;

who, in the same night that he was betrayed,

took bread and gave you thanks;

he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;

do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper

he took the cup and gave you thanks;

he gave it to them, saying:

Drink this, all of you;

this is my blood of the new covenant,

which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this, as often as you drink it,

in remembrance of me.


The president recalls the Last Supper, concluding with:

 

Great is the mystery of faith:
All        Christ has died:
            Christ is risen:
            Christ will come again.

 

And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross,

his perfect sacrifice made once for the sins of the whole world;

rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension,

and looking for his coming in glory,

we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.

As we offer you this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving,

we bring before you this bread and this cup

and we thank you for counting us worthy

to stand in your presence and serve you.

Send the Holy Spirit on your people

and gather into one in your kingdom

all who share this one bread and one cup,

so that we, in the company of [N and] all the saints,

may praise and glorify you for ever,

through Jesus Christ our Lord;

by whom, and with whom, and in whom,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father,

for ever and ever.

 

All        Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

All        Our Father, who art in heaven,
            hallowed be thy name;
            thy kingdom come; thy will be done;
            on earth as it is in heaven.
            Give us this day our daily bread.
            And forgive us our trespasses,
            as we forgive those who trespass against us.
            And lead us not into temptation;
            but deliver us from evil.
            For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
            for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

Breaking of the Bread

Every time we eat this bread and drink this cup

All   We proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes

 

Giving of Communion

Jesus is the Lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world.
Blessed are those who are called to his supper.
All        Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,
            but only say the word, and I shall be healed.

 

Agnus Dei

All   Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.

Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.

Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world,
grant us peace.

 

 

The president on behalf of the people receives communion and we pray together, 

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.  Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. 

I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen.

 

If you would rather receive a blessing, ask God to bless you now in the stillness.

 

Prayer after Communion

All        Lord Jesus Christ, you humbled yourself in taking the form of a servant,
            and in obedience died on the cross for our salvation:
            give us the mind to follow you and to proclaim you as Lord and King,
            to the glory of God the Father. 

Amen.

 

As we end our gathering, let us celebrate the king,

the liberator, the servant,

the one who caused disturbance –

and let us do the same.

Amen.

 

The Blessing

Christ crucified draw you to himself,
to find in him a sure ground for faith,
a firm support for hope, and the assurance of sins forgiven;

and the blessing of God Almighty Father Son and Holy Spirit

be with you and all those you love this day and always.

 

Hymn

Our closing hymn is Make Way For the King of Kings – be sure to shout out loud so the neighbours can hear!

Click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tK6XuYhL7JI

 

 

 

 

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

All        In the name of Christ.  Amen

 

 

Palm procession by Krystyna Mitchell  

While we can’t meet up physically, here are some ways of encouraging and continuing our faith journeys together. Those who support the church life and ministry in Sandridge by giving an offering on Sunday services and would like to continue to please see  http://www.sandridgechurch.org.uk/join-in/make-a-donation/ .

 

There are plenty of prayer and bible resources on line but I can recommend taking a look at the following for spiritual refreshment from home –

• You Version Bible – gives access to many different versions of the Bible, including New Revised Standard Version, King James, NIV and more contemporary versions such as the Message and The Passion. There is an audible facility and the NIV UK recording is by the actor David Suchet. They also have bible plans to help you read daily if you wish.  

• During Lent, receive reminder emails to Live Lent Care of God’s creation, https://www.churchofengland.org/our-faith/living-out-our-faith/lent-holy-week-and-easter/livelent-care-gods-creation.

• Word live – daily bible study and meditation on the bible known as Lectio Divina, by app or email, https://www.wordlive.org

• Bible in one year – https://www.bibleinoneyear.org/, described by adventurer and TV personality Bear Grylls as 'My favourite way to start the day.' 

• Apologetics Podcast- Unbelievable? Premier Christian Radio openly discusses different opinions between Christians and non-believers of hot topics,  https://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Saturday/Unbelievable

• Godpod – a monthly 30 minute podcast by theologians Graham Tomlin, Mike Lloyd and Jane Williams who discuss burning issues of God, theology, life and much more, https://sptc.htb.org/godpod