OUR PRAYERS THIS WEEK

A Suggested Morning Worship Service  for us to share on

Sunday 5th April 2020     PALM SUNDAY at 10.00am

For those joining us by ZOOM visual link:
1. I’m thrilled that Joyce Williams is playing her piano to accompany our 2 shortened hymns;
2. Everything in black bold is for us all to say;
3. The words in black italics (not in bold) I will say.

Before we begin our virtual/at a distance service,
let’s reflect upon the the Light from the candles,
the Palms and The Crucifix.

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O Christ, the King of Glory,
Who on Palm Sunday
Did enter the Holy City in meekness
To be made perfect through the suffering of death;
Give us grace, we beseech You,
In all our life here
to take up our cross daily and follow You,
That hereafter we may rejoice with You
In Your heavenly kingdom;
Who lives and reigns
With the Father & the Holy Spirit,
One God, world without end.

Amen.

Our Opening Hymn: Ride On, Ride On In Majesty (2 verses)

Ride on! ride on in majesty!
Hark! all the tribes hosanna cry;
O Savior meek, pursue thy road
with palms and scattered garments strowed.

Ride on! ride on in majesty!
In lowly pomp ride on to die;
bow thy meek head to mortal pain,
then take, O God, thy power, and reign.

Welcome

Grace, mercy and peace – From God our Father
And the Lord Jesus Christ, Be with you
And also with you

This is the day that the Lord has made
Let us rejoice and be glad in it

O Lord open our lips
And our mouths shall proclaim your praise
Give us the joy of your saving help
And sustain us with your life-giving Spirit

We have come together (by visual or spiritual link)
in the name of Christ
To offer our praise and thanksgiving
To hear and receive God’s holy word
To pray for the needs of the world
And to seek the forgiveness of our sins
That by the power of the Holy Spirit
We may give ourselves to the service of God.

Jesus says – “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand”
So let us turn away from our sin and turn to Christ
Confessing our sins in penitence and faith

Most Merciful God
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
We confess that we have sinned
In thought, word and deed.

We have not loved you with our whole heart
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
In your mercy,
Forgive what we have been

Help us to amend what we are
And direct what we shall be.
That we may act justly, love mercy
And walk humbly with you, our God.

Amen
 

We pray that the Father of all mercies
May cleanse us from our sins
And restore us in his image
To the praise and glory of his name
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

Almighty and everlasting God
We thank you that you have brought us safely
To the beginning of this new day
Keep us from falling into sin or running into danger
Order us in all our doings and guide us to do always
What is righteous in your sight
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us;
let us pray with one heart and mind.

Please then pause and offer your own prayers to God our Father.

Prayers for this week

Let’s all now make this prayerful request to God for his sustaining help in this time of continuing trouble.

In the day of my trouble, I have sought the Lord
God our shepherd, you led us and saved us in times of old;
do not forget your people in their troubles,
but raise up your power to sustain the poor and helpless;
for the honour of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

Then we all offer this prayer of hopeful love.

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,
so may the light of your presence, O God,
set our hearts on fire with love for you;
now and for ever.
Amen

Now we all say these extracts from Psalm 118 (1-2, 19-29)

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his love endures forever.

Let Israel say:    “His love endures forever.”
Open for me the gates of the righteous;
    I will enter and give thanks to the Lord.
This is the gate of the Lord
    through which the righteous may enter.
I will give you thanks, for you answered me;
    you have become my salvation.

The stone the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone;
the Lord has done this,
    and it is marvellous in our eyes.
The Lord has done it this very day;
    let us rejoice today and be glad.

Lord, save us!    Lord, grant us success!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
    From the house of the Lord we bless you.

The Lord is God, and he has made his light shine on us.
With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession
    up to the horns of the altar.

You are my God, and I will praise you;
    you are my God, and I will exalt you.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his love endures forever.


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son
And to the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning
Is now and ever shall be

World without end.
Amen

The Gospel Reading I’ve selected today is the “Liturgy of the Palms”

St John’s Gospel Chapter 12 – verses 12-19:  Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King (this will be read by Reverend Jenni for us in the Zoom meeting)

The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem.

They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,

“Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Blessed is the king of Israel!”

 Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written:

 “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see, your king is coming,
   seated on a donkey’s colt.”

 At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him.

 Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word.

Many people, because they had heard that he had performed this sign, went out to meet him.

So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!”

This is the Word Of the Lord.

Thanks Be To God.

Pause after the reading. Reflect upon how on Palm Sunday the Jerusalem crowds welcomed Jesus with exuberant joy.

Ask yourself then how, in 5 short days, their tune changed as they shouted ‘Crucify Him’ on Good Friday.

Try then to ‘Hear what the Holy Spirit is saying to us today through the Gospel’.

After reflection, we’ll say THE LORD’S PRAYER.

Trusting in the compassion of God,
we pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

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

Then, especially at this deeply troubling time,

I’d like to offer to share the Peace with you

May the peace of God
Which passes all understanding
Keep our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus:
“The peace of the Lord be always with you”


Our 2nd Hymn: My Song Is Love Unknown (3 verses)

My song is love unknown,
My Savior’s love to me;
Love to the loveless shown,
That they might lovely be.
O who am I,
That for my sake
My Lord should take
Frail flesh, and die?

Sometimes they strew His way,
And His sweet praises sing;
Resounding all the day
Hosannas to their King:
Then “Crucify!
Is all their breath,
And for His death
They thirst and cry.

Here might I stay and sing,
No story so divine;
Never was love, dear King,
Never was grief like Thine.
This is my Friend
In whose sweet praise
I all my days
Could gladly spend.

We come now to the Concluding prayers and we’ll say together the words of the Grace

We praise you O God, for all the blessings
given to the sick for whom we pray.
We thank you for those who have been made whole,
for those who are better,
and for those who have been drawn closer to you.
We bless you for the sense of your presence
enabling those who suffer to endure with patience.

And finally, we thank you
for bringing good out of evil, joy out of suffering,
and above all, for the cross of your Son Jesus Christ
and the certain hope
of the redempton of body and soul
to everlasting life.
Amen

May God our Redeemer show us compassion and love.
Amen

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
And the love of God
And the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
Be with us all evermore.
Amen

And so we go in Peace
To love and serve the Lord.

In the Name of Christ
Amen

LLM Paul

Prayers for this week

     

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