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Praying Together at Home


Sunday 5th April 2020 – Palm Sunday


We have designed these prayers to be used in the morning.
Rev Clive and the Ministry Team will be praying these words at 10.30am and you may wish to join
us in prayer at this time, even if we cannot be together in person. However, if that time doesn’t
work for you, pick a different time: the important thing is committing ourselves to spend time with
God in prayer.


Remember – you are never alone – at any time there are people across the world joining their
prayers with the saints and all the hosts of Heaven.
You may like to spend some time thinking about where and how you will pray. We suggest finding
somewhere where you are unlikely to be interrupted. Switch your mobile phone off, or leave it in
another room.


Some people find it helps to have something to focus on. Perhaps you could light a candle, set up a
cross, or a picture of Jesus or something that helps you to think about God.


Each week has a similar pattern (with bible readings, reflections and hymns) and we have suggested
things and people that you may want to pray for and space for your own prayers.


Finally, if you run out of words know that God is with you, and that the Holy Spirit ‘intercedes with
sighs too deep for words.’ (Romans 8:26)


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If you would like someone in the ministry team to pray with you on the telephone or via email,
please contact any of the following people:
Priest in Charge
Rev Clive Watts: 07534 899522 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Reader Ministers
Pam Knowles: 07702 215785 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Rex Shaw: 01509 880691 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ron Hetherington: 01509 880760 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Pastoral Assistant and Pastoral Coordinator
David Spencer: 07905 230825 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Beverly Lott: 01509 412876 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Sunday 5th April – Palm Sunday


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 come together to 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.


Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples,
‘I am with you always’.
Be with us this day, as we offer ourselves to you.
Hear our prayers for others and for ourselves,
and keep us in your care.


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


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.


Reading of the Passion


Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.
Christ humbled himself and became obedient unto death,
even death on a cross.
Therefore God has highly exalted him
and given him the name that is above every name.
Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.


For the full passion Reading read - Matthew 26:14 – 17:66
A shortened version may be read – Matthew 27:11-54


There is traditionally no sermon or reflection on Palm Sunday, as the narrative of the
Passion speaks for itself. If there are more than one of you reading together you
might like to break up the reading with one person reading the narration and others
reading the various voices of those who speak in the reading.

Take a few moments to sit in silence and absorb and reflect on the words of the
passion.


Song – Ride On, Ride On in Majesty


Ride on, ride on in majesty!
Hark! all the tribes hosanna cry;
thy humble beast pursues his road
with palms and scattered garments strowed.


Ride on, ride on in majesty!
In lowly pomp ride on to die:
O Christ, thy triumphs now begin
o'er captive death and conquered sin.


Ride on, ride on in majesty!
The winged squadrons of the sky
look down with sad and wond'ring eyes
to see th'approaching sacrifice.


Ride on, ride on in majesty!
Thy last and fiercest strife is nigh;
the Father on his sapphire throne
expects his own anointed Son.


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


Prayers


We pray for:
• forgiveness for the many times we have denied Jesus, for the grace to seek
out those habits of sin and by prayer and self discipline to overcome them,
for the strength to take up our cross and follow Jesus.
• our government and international leaders, for those who make laws,
interpret them, and administer them, that our common life may be ordered
in justice and mercy
• those who still make Jerusalem a battleground, for those who have the
courage and honesty to work openly for justice and peace, and for the
Church of Jerusalem.
• those in isolation, that they may find support and encouragement, for those
who, weighed down with sickness, grief, hardship, or sorrow, those who
feel that God is far from them, may they know the comfort of you ever
present Holy Spirit.
• the people and things that God has placed on our hearts…


You might like to finish your prayers with The Trisagion…

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


Palm Sunday, A Sonnet, by Malcolm Guite


Now to the gate of my Jerusalem,
The seething holy city of my heart,
The saviour comes. But will I welcome him?
Oh crowds of easy feelings make a start;
They raise their hands, get caught up in the singing,
And think the battle won. Too soon they’ll find
The challenge, the reversal he is bringing
Changes their tune. I know what lies behind
The surface flourish that so quickly fades;
Self-interest, and fearful guardedness,
The hardness of the heart, its barricades,
And at the core, the dreadful emptiness
Of a perverted temple. Jesus come
Break my resistance and make me your home.

 

Blessing


May the Father,
who so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
bring us by faith to his eternal life.
Amen
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.
Amen
May the Spirit,
who strengthens us to suffer with Christ that we may share his glory,
set our minds on life and peace.
Amen
Go from here singing hosannas
Do not be afraid, Jesus is walking with you.
Copyright acknowledgements:
• The Archbishop’s Council 2000
• Hymns published under licence
https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-liturgyand-prayer-resources Accessed 30 March 2020
• Palm Sunday, a Sonnet, taken from ‘Sounding the Seasons’ © Malcolm Guite,
Canterbury Press, 2012.
Some material has been adapted