5th April Palm Sunday - Service and Readings

Please join Mark for a Holy Communion Service via Zoom from the Vicarage at 9am Sunday 5th April.

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Below is the link to the Church of England Communion Service that we will follow.

www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/worship-texts-and-resources/common-worship/holy-communion

Tim's sermon

Palm Sunday 2020

May I speak in the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen

Well, its been another challenging week. Daily announcements from our Government letting us know how things are going, informing us of their plans and reminding each of us of the important part we have to play.

And at times like these, when the welfare of the country, of all countries is under pressure, any Government has a huge responsibility and makes decisions on how together they move forward with and for the people.

Although we could not hear the whole passion Gospel today, I chose the verses which show Pilate under pressure  …. He has his wife in his ear … have nothing to do with the man …. The Chief Priests have already influenced the crowd in their response   ///  and the crowd are unwavering,  when asked “ whom shall I release for you  ,,, call for Barrabus.

Its very hard and takes a very special person indeed,  who is able to go against such a swathe of feeling and opinion. If you can get away with   it ,as a leader, a good option can be to delay ….. to put out some alternatives and try to gather some sway in your direction. But Pilate was acting in the moment and the people are noisy and impatient.

Palm Sunday moves very quickly from the celebration of the people as Jesus entered Jerusalem …. The waving of palms, shouts of Hosannah, to our passion Gospel and the start of Holy Week.

I like a good celebration … most of us do and our Palm Sunday processions are a great part of our Christian year  …. Very different for us today, in our own homes as we remember, these pivotal moments, in our Christian Faith.  Did you happen to see the cartoon caption from the Church Times that Penny sent round this week …… A block of flats with people waving their palms out of all the windows . A wonderful illustration that we continue to celebrate our faith and week by week remember all that Jesus did.

This week, we will, among other things,  recall The  Last Supper … do this in remembrance of me … time in the garden … could you not stay awake for one more hour, the betrayal, the denial …. I did not know the man, the trial … who shall I release for you? …. And Jesus words, my God , my God, why have you forsaken me.

Things may be different in this season for us today, daily lives more challenging than most have known them ever to be …. But Holy Week remains the challenge it always was.

Toward the end of the week we will be reminded of those who cared for Jesus body and next Sunday  … Easter Sunday …. Well, we’ll need to wait for that.

But having reached this point, I want to leave you in these uncertain times, with words of comfort that have been shared for so many years in the most difficult circumstances … words that have been on the lips of so many as they face individual trials, those who have faced things we will thankfully we will never come even close to …. Words of comfort for us all as we pray for ourselves and the World in the fight against the unseen virus …

From Paul’s letter to the Romans ,,, the closing words of chapter 8 --- For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor Angels, nor rulers , nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the Love of God.  Nothing, therefore can separate us from the Love of God … Amen

Readings and Hymn for Palm Sunday - 5th April

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.

Isaiah 50. 4-9a

The Lord God has given me
   the tongue of a teacher,[b]

that I may know how to sustain
    the weary with a word.
Morning by morning he wakens—
    wakens my ear
    to listen as those who are taught.
The Lord God has opened my ear,
    and I was not rebellious,
    I did not turn backwards.
I gave my back to those who struck me,
    and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard;
I did not hide my face
    from insult and spitting.

The Lord God helps me;
    therefore I have not been disgraced;
therefore I have set my face like flint,
    and I know that I shall not be put to shame;
    he who vindicates me is near.
Who will contend with me?
    Let us stand up together.
Who are my adversaries?
    Let them confront me.
It is the Lord God who helps me;
    who will declare me guilty?

 

Psalm 31.9-16.

 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;

    my eye wastes away from grief,
    my soul and body also.
10 For my life is spent with sorrow,
    and my years with sighing;
my strength fails because of my misery,[b]
    and my bones waste away.

11 I am the scorn of all my adversaries,
    a horror[c] to my neighbours,
an object of dread to my acquaintances;
    those who see me in the street flee from me.
12 I have passed out of mind like one who is dead;
    I have become like a broken vessel.
13 For I hear the whispering of many—
    terror all around!—
as they scheme together against me,
    as they plot to take my life.

14 But I trust in you, O Lord;
    I say, ‘You are my God.’
15 My times are in your hand;
    deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.
16 Let your face shine upon your servant;
    save me in your steadfast love.

 

Philippians 2. 5-11.

 Let the same mind be in you that was[a] in Christ Jesus,

who, though he was in the form of God,
    did not regard equality with God
    as something to be exploited,
but emptied himself,
    taking the form of a slave,
    being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
    he humbled himself
    and became obedient to the point of death—
    even death on a cross.

Therefore God also highly exalted him
    and gave him the name
    that is above every name,
10 so that at the name of Jesus
    every knee should bend,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue should confess
    that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

 Matthew 27. 11-54.

 11 Now Jesus stood before the governor; and the governor asked him, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ Jesus said, ‘You say so.’ 12 But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he did not answer. 13 Then Pilate said to him, ‘Do you not hear how many accusations they make against you?’ 14 But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed. 15 Now at the festival the governor was accustomed to release a prisoner for the crowd, anyone whom they wanted. 16 At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Jesus[g] Barabbas. 17 So after they had gathered, Pilate said to them, ‘Whom do you want me to release for you, Jesus[h] Barabbas or Jesus who is called the Messiah?’[i] 18 For he realized that it was out of jealousy that they had handed him over. 19 While he was sitting on the judgement seat, his wife sent word to him, ‘Have nothing to do with that innocent man, for today I have suffered a great deal because of a dream about him.’ 20 Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus killed. 21 The governor again said to them, ‘Which of the two do you want me to release for you?’ And they said, ‘Barabbas.’ 22 Pilate said to them, ‘Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?’[j] All of them said, ‘Let him be crucified!’ 23 Then he asked, ‘Why, what evil has he done?’ But they shouted all the more, ‘Let him be crucified!’ 24 So when Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took some water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, ‘I am innocent of this man’s blood;[k] see to it yourselves.’ 25 Then the people as a whole answered, ‘His blood be on us and on our children!’ 26 So he released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified. 27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters,[l] and they gathered the whole cohort around him. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head. They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ 30 They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. 31 After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him. 32 As they went out, they came upon a man from Cyrene named Simon; they compelled this man to carry his cross. 33 And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), 34 they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall; but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. 35 And when they had crucified him, they divided his clothes among themselves by casting lots;[m] 36 then they sat down there and kept watch over him. 37 Over his head they put the charge against him, which read, ‘This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.’ 38 Then two bandits were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. 39 Those who passed by derided[n] him, shaking their heads 40 and saying, ‘You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.’ 41 In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking him, saying, 42 ‘He saved others; he cannot save himself.[o] He is the King of Israel; let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him. 43 He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he wants to; for he said, “I am God’s Son.”’ 44 The bandits who were crucified with him also taunted him in the same way. 45 From noon on, darkness came over the whole land[p] until three in the afternoon. 46 And about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ 47 When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, ‘This man is calling for Elijah.’ 48 At once one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink. 49 But the others said, ‘Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.’[q] 50 Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last.[r] 51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split. 52 The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. 53 After his resurrection they came out of the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many. 54 Now when the centurion and those with him, who were keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were terrified and said, ‘Truly this man was God’s Son!’

Ride on ride on in Majesty.

Ride on! ride on in majesty!
Hark! all the tribes hosanna cry;
O Saviour meek, pursue thy 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 angel-squadrons of the sky
look down with sad and wondering eyes
to see the 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 thy meek head to mortal pain,
then take, O God, thy power, and reign.