Helping children with Holy Week

Do you have children or grandchildren that you are in touch with?

Some friends of mine in another diocese have put together a list of resources that are available for children to help them experience Holy Week this week.

Have a look at this page and see whether there is anything that might suit them. Please don’t put any additional burdens on yourself or any other family members. This is a lovely opportunity to talk about your faith and share it with the children in your life, but don’t feel pressurised.

Sunday Worship for 5th April 2020

On Palm Sunday, we usually have two services. The first with a donkey (where possible) and a procession through the streets, singing hymns. The second service is usually Holy Communion and has, in place of a sermon, an extended dramatised Gospel. Making the dramatised bit work when we are all in our own homes was quite the technological challenge!

So, today, we are joining these together and we begin with the Palm Sunday Gospel, moving on to the Passion Gospel later in the service. I can’t bring you all blessed Palm Crosses, but there is a video here with instructions on how to make your own. I suggest trying with a very long strip of paper!

As usual, if you click the heading, above, you will find the comments section at the end of the service. It is so lovely to know who is joining us for worship each week.

Welcome to worship

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.

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 ’til the end of day.

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 ’til the end of day.

Grace, mercy and peace
from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ
be with you
and also with you.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, during Lent we have been preparing by works of love and self-sacrifice for the celebration of our Lord’s death and resurrection. Today we begin this solemn celebration in union with the Church throughout the world. Christ enters his own city to complete his work as our Saviour, to suffer, to die, and to rise again. Let us go with him in faith and love, so that, united with him in his sufferings, we may share his risen life.

If you have made a palm cross, hold it now. Otherwise hold any other cross you have available.

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

The Palm Gospel – Matthew 21:1-11

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

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

Let us pray for a closer union with Christ
in his suffering and in his glory.

Silence is kept.

Almighty and everlasting God,
who in your tender love towards the human race
sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
to take upon him our flesh
and to suffer death upon the cross:
grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility,
and also be made partakers of his resurrection;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Hymn – You are the King of Glory

The lyrics to this hymn are still in copyright so I’m not reproducing them. So just listen and watch if you don’t know the words. Remember that we are part of the whole worldwide Church, all praising the same Jesus.

The Passion Gospel – Matthew 26:14 to end of Chapter 27

Prayers of Intercession

We stand with Christ in his suffering.
For forgiveness for the many times we have denied Jesus,
let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For grace to seek out those habits of sin which mean
spiritual death, and by prayer and self-discipline to overcome them,
let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For Christian people,
that through the suffering of disunity
there may grow a rich union in Christ,
let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For those who make laws, interpret them, and administer them,
that our common life may be ordered in justice and mercy,
let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For those who still make Jerusalem a battleground,
let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For those who have the courage and honesty to work openly for
justice and peace,
let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For those in the darkness and agony of isolation,
that they may find support and encouragement,
let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For those who, weighed down with hardship, failure, or sorrow,
feel that God is far from them,
let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

For those who are tempted to give up the way of the cross,
let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

That we, with those who have died in faith,
may find mercy in the day of Christ,
let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy.

Holy God,
holy and strong,
holy and immortal,
have mercy upon us.

We keep silence and pray particularly for all affected by the Coronavirus.

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The Lord’s Prayer

Let us 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.

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
and also with you.

The Blessing

May the Father,
who so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
bring us by faith to his eternal life.
May Christ,
who accepted the cup of sacrifice
in obedience to the Father’s will,
keep us steadfast as we walk with him the way of his cross.

May the Spirit,
who strengthens us to suffer with Christ
that we may share his glory,
set our minds on life and peace.
And the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among us and remain with us always.

Coffee time!

Copyright Notices

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Common Worship, material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council.

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