Sun 28/3/21

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Full Morning Prayer with Sermon and Hymns which will be used on ZOOM at 11am to join us email 

Broadcast and Live-streamed Opportunities for Worship
8.10 am  Radio 4 Sunday Worship 
10.00 am Chester Cathedral are livestreaming the Cathedral Eucharist at:
10.45 A modern-style of service will be livestreamed from Christ Church Gipsy Hill available at:
The Prayer Book Society continue to livestream a wide range of Book of Common Prayer Services available at:

A Service of the Word For 
Use on Zoom



Leader   O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

All          his steadfast love endures for ever!

Leader   Let Israel say,

All          'His steadfast love endures forever.'

Leader   Let the house of Aaron say,

All          'His steadfast love endures forever.'

Leader   Open to me the gates of righteousness,

All          that we may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.

Leader   This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous will enter through it.

All          We thank you that you have answered us and have become our salvation.

Leader   The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.

All          This is the Lord's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.


HYMN    Make way, make way for the King of kings



All          Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Leader   Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Let us seek the grace of Christ Jesus while it may be found, and call upon him while he is near. Let us pray.


Leader   Lord, in our music and words we glorify you. Your words and deeds are perfect, reviving our souls.
Yet our commitment is lacking – we are happy to praise you when life is good,
but are soon worn down when life tests us and finds us wanting.
Lord, have mercy: 

All          Lord, have mercy.

Leader   Sometimes our enthusiasm fades quickly. We happily accept the blessings you offer, but the challenges of self-sacrifice disturb us and we fear bruises and knocks.
Lord, have mercy: 

All          Lord, have mercy.

Leader   Like the crowds following you on this day, we are happy to greet you as our king and saviour, yet we soon put aside the demands of service to you and the kingdom as we pursue our self-centred interests, standing back, rather than making a stand, for our beliefs.
Lord, have mercy: 

All          Lord, have mercy.

Leader   Loving and gracious Saviour God, forgive our sins, heal our brokenness and our splintered love.
By your grace, help us to follow without doubt or fear, with hands ready to serve and minds open to the wonderful possibilities offered to us in Christ Jesus. May our hosannas ring out clearly and strongly, not only today, but for all the days to come.

Leader   In Jesus, we are a forgiven family of God, not looking back with guilty hearts and minds, but looking forward to the fulfilment of God's promises.

All          Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.

Psalm 118 (in Hebrew)


Reading        Zechariah 9: 9 - 12


A Prayer of Adoration

Leader   Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem!
Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he,
humble and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

All          We are joyful and we sing out our praises to you,
God our father and mother, God whose presence fills earth and heaven,
because when you came in triumph to save us,
you came humbly and gently,
and in peace.

Leader   Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
We bless you from the house of the Lord.
The Lord is God,
and he has given us light.
Bind up the festal procession with branches,
up to the horns of the altar.

All          We bless you, Jesus Christ, coming to us from God our Creator.
We send you blessings from this community of faith.
Through you, God has lit up our lives.
We gather together in this place to sing to you,
lifting up our hearts and our hands and our voices.

All          We give thanks to the Lord, for God is good. God’s steadfast love endures forever.

(Based on Zechariah 9.9 and Psalm 118.26-29).


Hymn    All glory, laud and honour 


Reading       Mark 11: 1 - 11


A Sermon for Palm Sunday
Zechariah 9: 9 – 12; Psalm 118: 19 – end; Mark 11: 1 – 11


English is a funny language, not least because it has absorbed words from so many different languages. It means that all of us know quite a number of words from languages around the world.

There are two Hebrew words I can guarantee you all know: ‘Hallelujah’ and ‘Hosanna’.  They are words of praise which have been used in Jewish and Christian worship for at least 4,000 years… or at least ‘Hallelujah’ has.  Like so many words in the English language, ‘Hosanna’ has changed meaning dramatically.

Today on Palm Sunday ‘Hosanna’ rings through the streets of Jerusalem.  Finally, just as the prophet Zechariah promised, Israel’s King is entering Jerusalem in triumph, humbly riding on a donkey.  Messiah has come and the crowds greet him with shouts of praise.

Yet for this crown, ‘Hosanna’ is more than a shout of praise.  We need to remind ourselves that the people of God have waited for Messiah for around two thousand years.  Now they are living under the oppressive rule of Rome, more than ever they need Messiah to come and set them free.  And here he is, worshipped and welcomed as he rides victorious into Jerusalem.

This is Messiah. Of course, the people worship him with songs of praise.  Hosanna to the Son of David. They have no doubt that Messiah has come to save them and to bring God’s Kingdom in.  Which brings us to the second, original meaning of the word ‘Hosanna’.  A word we see used in Psalm 118 in its original meaning of ‘save us’.  Even as they worship, the crowd pleads with Jesus to save them.  Their faith is so strong, that they use the word ‘Hosanna’ in pleading and in praise at the same time.  Their faith in Messiah’s power to save is such that they praise him as if it has already happened.

Behaving as if a possibility is already a reality is something we all do from time to time.  It is something I’ve done myself this week as I identified a house I want to buy.  When I found myself thinking about floor coverings and where a particular item of furniture would go before an offer had been accepted, I had to remind myself that the house was not yet mine and there was a way to go yet.  In my mind, owning that house had become a reality long before the contracts have been exchanged.

This is how it was for the people of God as they welcomed Jesus that first Palm Sunday.  Messiah had come to save them; soon they will be free from the oppression of Rome.  Jerusalem will be restored to them, just as Zechariah, Isaiah, Jeremiah have foretold it would.

Expectations could not have been higher, but the reality the people were anticipating was a very different to the one which unfolded that first Holy Week.

A week which began with so much hope and expectation, yet ended in utter defeat.  Far from saving the people, Jesus appeared to go the way of so many messiahs; executed at the hands of a powerful oppressor.

Lliving as we do, on the other side of the cross and resurrection, we know that Jesus was indeed the Messiah.  However impossible it looked that first Holy Week, Jesus did indeed save the people.  But it was a very different salvation to the one for which they hoped, expected and prayed.  No wonder victorious triumph and praise turned to bitter, shouts of ‘Crucify’.  As far as the people of Jerusalem were concerned, like so many messiahs before him, Jesus had failed.

Which poses us with a this Holy Week. We know the triumphant end of Jesus’ apparent failure that first Holy Week.  We know that a salvation and a victory was achieved which was far greater than anything the people of Jerusalem could imagine.  

What we cannot know, is the outcome of situations we may be facing now, or will face in the future.  Situations in which we find ourselves imagining so vividly, they become a reality in our minds, long before the reality is revealed.  How can we equip ourselves for the times when the lived reality is so very different to our imagined reality; perhaps in a way which looks a failure ever bit as much as the crucifixion did to those who waited for Messiah?

Part of the answer is to know our own story.  To know how God has acted in the past and trust that if he has done it before, he can do it again.  The other part, is to praise God, even as we plead with him.  One church I belonged too had a catch phrase: PTL (Praising the Lord) drives away POM (poor old me).  Often it was used in a way which was fairly flippant and a bit crass, but behind it lay a very real truth.  Praising God, even when life is tough, and praise is hard can change our perspective and allow God to work. Not in the way we want or expect, but in his way.

‘Hosanna’ might just be a very good word to achieve something very complex and very deep in a single word.  ‘Hosanna’, a shout of praise, and at the same time, a deep and very real plea to God to ‘save us’.

S Anne Lawson

25 March 2021 

Hymn    My song is love unknown 


Statement of Faith

Leader   Let us affirm our faith in Jesus Christ the Son of God.


All          Though he was divine,
he did not cling to equality with God,
but made himself nothing.
Taking the form of a slave,
he was born in human likeness.
He humbled himself
and was obedient to death,
even death on the cross.
Therefore God has raised him on high,
and given him the name above every name:
that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bow,
and every voice proclaim that
Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.  Amen.


Prayers of Intercession

Leader Loving God,
Your Son Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey as a different kind of king. You call your followers to be different too. So, we pray, for the Church that Christians may bear the fruit of your Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Take firm root in our lives, that we may lovingly serve and welcome all with no exceptions and no small print. May we live together in your love and shine as lights in darkness to reveal your glory in the world.
Lord in your love  

All        Hear our prayer

Leader Loving God
At the Last Supper, Jesus washed his Disciples’ feet as an example of service. We pray for all those who serve at this time of Coronavirus crisis – all those in the NHS, Social care; the other essential services; all who volunteer or are good neighbours there for one another. We thank you for their compassionate love and ask that you will continue to bless their work and to equip them with the energy and determination they need to go on rising to the needs of the hour. Will you help everybody to seek the common good?
Lord in your love   

All        Hear our prayer

Leader        Loving God,
In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus experienced distress and anguish over what lay ahead. We pray for all who are experiencing distress and anguish at the present time. All those with the virus; at home or in hospital; those fearful for others; those whose jobs have vanished; those whose jobs have vanished, whose futures are in great doubt. We thank you for all the efforts made on their behalf and pray that we may all receive your peace and love.
Lord in your love  

All               Hear our prayer

Leader        Loving God,
In Jesus, you love the whole world. So, we continue to pray for those areas where normal, daily life is violence, war and grinding poverty. We continue to remember the situation in Syria. We pray that as we approach Easter, peace may begin to take root even in these dark places. 
Lord in your love  

All               Hear our prayer

Leader        Loving God, 
On the cross as Jesus died, your love was glorified. Thank you that He was obedient to death and that you raised Him on high so we know that not even death can separate us from your love. You have redeemed us by love. Jesus is the light of the world; a light which eternally shines and brings hope, that no darkness can quench. Today, we commend all who have died to your eternal joy and care. We remember all virus victims, our loved and ….

Leader        You turn our darkness into light. In your light shall we see light.
Merciful Father, 

All               accept these prayers
for the sake of you Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

Richard Ledger
This is Church. Com

The Collect for Palm Sunday

Leader   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.

All          Amen.

All          Amen

Leader   Standing at the foot of the cross, let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us.

All          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.




Closing Prayer

Leader   May the blessing of God,
who resides in our hopes and our dreams, grant us peace.

May the blessing of Jesus,
who rides to wild acclaim and waving palm branches,
grant us peace.

May the blessing of the Spirit,
who holds us through fears and nightmares,
grant us peace, and the hopes and dreams
of the dawning of an Easter Morning. 

All          Amen.

The Psalm is Odecha Ki Anitani. Psalm 118:21-24. Hallel Psalms! Tehillim Hallel. תהלים הלל - YouTube


Hymns are:

Make Way, Make Way, for Christ the King - The Worship Collection - YouTube

All Glory, Laud and Honour [with lyrics for congregations] - YouTube

My Song is Love Unknown [with lyrics for congregations] - YouTube

Ride On, Ride On In Majesty - YouTube