Sunday 5th April

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Whitewater Benefice - Palm Sunday All Age Service

Introduction

Palm SundayWelcome to worshipping with us in these unusual times.  We are celebrating God’s Grace to us in this season of Lent: as well as reflecting on our lives in the light of his love for us.

Our Palm Sunday service is being broadcast LIVE using the online ZOOM facility at 10am. Please click on  this link in to join us via zoom: https://zoom.us/j/254344334

You are welcome to join our community of love and care.  Please enjoy reading the words, listening (and singing along) to the hymns; watch the short videos, and hold one another in prayer.

There are also some children's activities available.

Before starting the services you may want a copy of the paper cross template, a copy is on the page with children's actvities.

Welcome To Worship

Introduction and we greet one another!

As we gather,
We bring our palms and branches, our shouts and praise.
Hosanna to the Son of David!
Hosanna to the King of kings!
Let us journey to Jerusalem
to worship the king who came to save us. Amen

Song

You are the King of Glory
Link to You are the King of Glory (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Introductory Prayers

Give thanks to the Lord,
his steadfast love endures for ever.

We celebrate Jesus, arriving in Jerusalem on a donkey, coming as a humble peacemaker.
We give thanks to the Lord; his steadfast love endures for ever.

The crowds came out to wave branches and lay down their coats, shouting ‘Hosanna, Hosanna’.
We give thanks to the Lord; his steadfast love endures for ever.

He came to turn the world upside down, to serve, not to be served.
He came as a liberator, to set people free.
We give thanks to the Lord; his steadfast love endures for ever. Amen.

Prayer of confession

Lord Jesus, when you came into Jerusalem,
people gathered to welcome you.
They shouted ‘Hosanna’ and hope filled their hearts.
A few days later, the same people called for your death.
They shouted, ‘Crucify!’ and hate filled their hearts
Forgive us, Lord, for the time when we change our hearts towards you.

When you came into Jerusalem,
people treated you as a king.
They waved branches in celebration and asked you to save them.
When you hung on a cross, people treated you as a criminal.
They waved their fists and asked you to save yourself.
Forgive us, Lord, for the time when our praise of you becomes a protest.

When you came into Jerusalem,
people stood as one, shoulder to shoulder in their hopes and dream.
When you were taken down from the cross,
people scattered, divided by their fears and failures.
Forgive us, Lord, for the times when our belief in you turns to betrayal.

This week, Lord, and every week,
let us know your compassion,
your understanding and your forgiveness.
Let us be made new:
sure in hope, certain in faith, and strong in love.
Hosanna, Lord! Hosanna! Save your people.
Amen.

Bible Reading: Jesus comes to Jerusalem as King

The reading is taken from Matthew 21.1-11

1As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, 2‘Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.’

4This took place to fulfil what was spoken through the prophet:

4‘Say to Daughter Zion,
    “See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
    and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”’

6The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’
‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’
‘Hosanna in the highest heaven!’

10When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, ‘Who is this?’

11The crowds answered, ‘This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.’

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Puppet Show

Talk

Song

Let the Son of God enfold you
Link to Let the Son of God enfold you (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Affirmation of Faith

We believe in God the Father,
from whom every family in heaven and earth is named.
We believe in God the Son,
who lives in our hearts through faith, and fills us with his love.
We believe in God the Holy Spirit,
who strengthens us with power from on high.
We believe in one God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Amen

Collect

True and humble King, hailed by the crowd as Messiah:
grant us faith to know you and love you,
that we may be found beside you on the way to the cross,
which is the path of glory.
Amen.

Craft Activity

Make & decorate a Palm Cross using the template

Song

We are here for you
Link to We are here for you (on YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Prayers

Holding our Palm Crosses up high, face North, East, South, and then West:

We hold our crosses to the North, from whence cold winds come, and we pray for all who experience life as a bitter wind: those suffering because of broken relationships, painful memories and low self-esteem. We pray for all who are finding life in isolation difficult, for people who cannot even leave their homes and rely on others for food and other essentials.
Come Servant King, come and save us

We hold our crosses to the East, from whence the sun rises, and we pray for all who wait for a new day: those seeking employment or vision, those struggling for peace and justice, those accepting a new challenge. We think of the difficulties many people are facing with unemployment and uncertain futures as a result of the economic slow-down. We pray for Your comfort and strength at this time.
Come Servant King, come and save us

We hold our crosses to the South, from whence stories of poverty often come, and we pray for all who struggle to make ends meet: those whose land produces no reward. We remember those people around the world where an economic slowdown can mean having not enough food to feed themselves and their families, we think of the very poorest around the word who are facing desperate times. Lord Jesus You came to meet all our needs help us to be Your body on earth and help those in need at this time.
Come Servant King, come and save us

We hold our crosses to the West, where the sun sets and we pray for all who are facing darkness: those who are ill in body, mind or spirit, or whose lives in this world are ending. We pray for those who are ill, with the Global Pandemic many people have fallen ill, some are in hospital and people have died leaving loved ones behind. Bring your healing love into those situations now and may people see at this time that indeed the Lord Saves!
Come Servant King, come and save us

We offer these our prayers to you and bring them together in the prayer that Jesus taught us.

The Lord's Prayer

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.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen

Song

Rejoice, rejoice
Link to Rejoice, rejoice (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

The Blessing

Lord Jesus, Servant King, you came into Jerusalem.
May You go with us as we seek to serve others.
Lord Jesus, Conquering King, you came into Jerusalem.
May you go with us as we seek to live for you.
Hosanna to you Lord! Hosanna!
Amen.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

Song

Whilst walking around the house, The Lord is marching out in splendour
Link to The Lord is marching out in splendour(from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Copyright details

Bible readings are from the New International Version – UK (NIVUK) Holy Bible, New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. 
Image and Children's Activity sheet © ROOTS for Churches Limited www.rootsontheweb.com
Hymns & Music
You are the King of Glory - Ingrid DuMosch singing this 1978 song by Mavis Ford
Spirit Song (O Let The Son Of God Enfold You) - Maranatha Singers
We are here for you - Matt Redman
Rejoice, rejoice - Graham Kendrick sung by Simon Goodall & the London Fox Singers
The Lord is marching out in spendour - Graham Kendrick

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