Palm Sunday Service 5 April 2020

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Opening Words

Hosanna to the Son of David, the King of Israel.

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

Hosanna in the highest.

Opening Prayer

Blessed are you, Lord God of our salvation,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
As a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief
your only Son was lifted up that he might draw the whole world to himself. May we walk this day in the way of the cross and always be ready to share its weight, declaring your love for all the world.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be God for ever.

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

Pause for reflection as you offer the day to God.

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.

Hymn: All glory laud and honour:


A Song of Lamentation

1 Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? Look and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow,

2 Which was brought upon me, which the Lord inflicted on the day of his fierce anger.

3 For these things I weep; my eyes flow with tears; for a comforter is far from me, one to revive my courage.

4 Remember my affliction and my bitterness, the wormwood and the gall!

5 But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:

6 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end;

7 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

8 ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him.’

9 The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him.

10 It is good that we should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

11 For the Lord will not reject for ever; though he causes grief, he will have compassion,

12 According to the abundance of his steadfast love;
for he does not willingly afflict or grieve anyone.

(Lamentations 1.12, 16a, b; 3.19, 21-26, 31-33)


Please hold a time of quiet reflection


Reflect on the week and on your relationships.

  • What good things have come from God this week?
  • Where have I fallen short?
  • What might I do tomorrow?

You may wish to say or pray

Lord, have mercy. 

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Hymn: Make way, make way:


Readings: Psalm 118: 1 – 2, 19 – 24; Matthew 21: 1 – 11

Reflection – David Roff (See 'Reflection for 5 April)


Hold up your palm cross (last year’s if necessary, or another cross) and say this prayer

God our Saviour, whose Son Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem as Messiah to suffer and to die; let these palms/crosses 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


Collect for Palm Sunday

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

You may like to listen to Calm me Lord as You Calmed the Storm (Margaret Rizza) before or after you pray:


Intercessions – Margaret Greenslade

If you have a palm cross or other cross do hold it during these intercessions.

Although we are not able to gather in our individual churches today, we give thanks for all those who have organised our digital worship. This enables us to be together in spirit as we relive the Easter story -a story which gives hope and confidence at this difficult time, as we confront the Covid 19 pandemic.  ‘Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; his love endures for ever.’

Hosanna………………to the King of Kings

Lord Jesus as the crowds welcomed you and sang your praises, we pray that many will welcome you into their hearts and lives at this time.  Be close to all Christians worshipping you today throughout the world, united in our experience of the pandemic.  Anoint us with the oil of your Spirit so that we can all burn brightly, lighting this dark world with your love and truth. In these challenging times we ask you to look after the wellbeing of our church leaders as they continue to provide us with spiritual nourishment.

Hosanna………………….to the King of Kings

Lord Jesus, we recall that you came not as a King mighty in battle but as the Prince of Peace riding on a donkey to heal and restore our broken world.  We pray that our world leaders may show humility and unity as they work together to develop strategies to deal with this virus, sharing the expertise of scientists and experts.

Hosanna…………………….to the King of Kings

Lord Jesus the children sang and shouted your praise as they waved palm branches.  We pray now for the children in our parishes, our towns, our cities and our world. Life is very confusing for them at present.  We ask your support for all families who may be struggling to cope with all the pressures on them at present.

Hosanna…………….to the King of Kings

Lord Jesus, the crowds were responding to the healing love they had seen in you. We think of the many workers in health care who may be risking their own lives to care for sick patients.  Please keep them safe. We bring to you all those needing healing and help at this time, especially those who are suffering from the virus, also those who are feeling worried, fearful and uncertain.  (Pray for anyone known to you).  Give comfort, reassurance and hope.

Hosanna……………………to the King of Kings

Lord Jesus you knew you were riding to your death.  We pray for all who are on that last journey, especially those burdened with fear.  We think of those who have died alone, apart from their families. We ask you to bring comfort, strength and peace to all grieving families.

Hosanna……………….to the King of Kings

Lord Jesus help us all to be responsible in how we behave, taking heed of recommended precautions to prevent the spread of Covid 19. As we move into Holy Week, we commend ourselves, all those in our mission community and throughout our world to your mercy and protection.

Hosanna…………………to the King of Kings

Let us pray the Lord’s Prayer together … Our Father


Hymn: Hosanna, hosanna in the highest:


Closing Prayer

May the Spirit, who strengthens us to suffer with Christ that we may share his glory, set our minds on life and peace. Amen

Hosanna to the Son of David, the King of Israel.

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

Hosanna in the highest.

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