Order of Service for All Age on Palm Sunday -- 5th April 2020

April 4, 2020

ALL AGE 05.04.20     Palm Sunday, Year A

 

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On screen before the service:

Matthew 21.1-11

Jesus enters Jerusalem as a Passover pilgrim for the last time, demonstrating how he brings in God’s kingdom and setting the stage for the showdown with those he sees as God’s real enemies.

 

Hymn: Make way, make way

Make way, make way,

For Christ the king
In splendour arrives.
Fling wide the gates

And welcome him
Into your lives.

 

Make way! (make way!)
Make way! (make way!)
For the King of kings!
(For the King of kings!)
Make way! (make way!)
Make way! (make way!)
And let his kingdom in!

  

He comes the broken hearts to heal,
The prisoners to free.
The deaf shall hear,

The lame shall dance,
The blind shall see.

 

Make way! (make way!)
Make way! (make way!)
For the King of kings!
(For the King of kings!)
Make way! (make way!)
Make way! (make way!)
And let his kingdom in!

 

 And those who mourn

With heavy hearts,
Who weep and sigh;
With laughter, joy and royal crown

He’ll beautify.

 

Make way! (make way!)
Make way! (make way!)
For the King of kings!
(For the King of kings!)
Make way! (make way!)
Make way! (make way!)
And let his kingdom in!

 

We call you now to worship him

As lord of all.
To have no other gods but him:

Their thrones must fall!

 

Make way! (make way!)
Make way! (make way!)
For the King of kings!
(For the King of kings!)
Make way! (make way!)
Make way! (make way!)
And let his kingdom in!

 

A Gathering Prayer

We are pilgrims on your journey.

We celebrate with the crowds, pouring into Jerusalem.
Jesus, you rode on a donkey and coats were laid at your feet…
The crowds waved palm branches and shouted, ‘Hosanna’…
We sing and shout praise to you, Lord Jesus…
You came knowing the sacrifice you were about to make…
You came to change the world…
Thank you for the sacrifice you made for us…
Amen.

 

A prayer of confession

Lord Jesus, you came to change the world.
Forgive us when we become complacent, when change is difficult – and we give up.

Lord Jesus, you came to serve, not to be served.
Forgive us when we put ourselves and our needs before those of our brothers and sisters.

Lord Jesus, you came to bring peace.
Forgive us when we cause more fights, more trouble, and more wars than peace.

Lord Jesus, you came to set the captives free.
Forgive us when we don’t stand up for justice and freedom for our neighbours.
Lord Jesus, you came to meet us where we are.
Forgive us when we don’t stand with each other through the pain and struggle.

Help us to change the world by serving one another, working for peace,
standing up for justice, and walking with our fellow pilgrims.
Amen.

 

 

The Absolution

May almighty God have mercy on you,

forgive you your sins

and bring you to everlasting life.   Amen.

 

 

Reading:                                                                       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 fulfil 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.’

 

Address :            

 

 

Hymn         Meekness and Majesty

 

Meekness and majesty manhood and deity

In perfect harmony the Man who is God

Lord of eternity dwells in humanity

Kneels in humility and washes our feet

 

O what a mystery meekness and majesty

Bow down and worship for this is your God

This is your God

 

Father's pure radiance perfect in innocence

Yet learns obedience to death on a cross

Suffering to give us life

Conquering through sacrifice

And as they crucify prays Father forgive

 

O what a mystery meekness and majesty

Bow down and worship for this is your God

This is your God

 

Wisdom unsearchable God the invisible

Love indestructible in frailty appears

Lord of infinity stooping so tenderly

Lifts our humanity to the heights of His throne

 

O what a mystery meekness and majesty

Bow down and worship for this is your God

This is your God

This is your God

 

 

Intercessions

 

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, supermarket workers, cleaners and refuse collectors and all other key workers
We pray for 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

Those isolation themselves because of the virus, those who are worried about loved ones and all those who have lost loved ones
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.

 

Merciful Father,

Accept these prayers for the sake of your Son,

Our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

 

 

Lord’s Prayer (sung)

Our Father who art in heaven HBTN

Thy kingdom come thy will be done HBTN

On earth as it is in heaven HBTN

Give us this day our daily bread HBTN

Forgive us all our trespasses HBTN

As we forgive those who trespass against us HBTN

And lead us not into temptation HBTN

But deliver us from all that is evil HBTN

For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory HBTN

For ever and for ever and ever HBTN

 

 

 

As we wait on you, Lord God,
renew our strength, our hope, and our vision
to be your arms in this world,
reaching out and enfolding with love
all those in our community
Amen.

 

 

Blessing:

Jesus our King,
give you ears to hear his voice,
and minds and bodies
ready to do what he asks.

and may the blessing of God Almighty,

the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

be amongst you and remain with you, now and forever. Amen.

 

 

 

The Peace

The Peace of the Lord be always with you

All                and also with you

 

Hymn:  Give me joy in my heart

Give me joy in my heart, keep me praising,
give me joy in my heart, I pray;
give me joy in my heart, keep me praising,
keep me praising till the break of day.

Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,
sing hosanna to the King of kings!
Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,
sing hosanna to the King!

Give me peace in my heart, keep me loving,
give me peace in my heart, I pray;
give me peace in my heart, keep me loving,
keep me loving till the break of day:


Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,
sing hosanna to the King of kings!
Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,
sing hosanna to the King!

Give me love in my heart, keep me serving,
give me love in my heart, I pray;
give me love in my heart, keep me serving,
keep me serving till the break of day:


Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,
sing hosanna to the King of kings!
Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,
sing hosanna to the King!

 

Give my oil in my lamp, keep me burning,
Give me oil in my lamp, I pray,
Give my oil in my lamp, keep me burning,
Keep me burning ’till the end of day.

 

 

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