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A special Good Friday service will be shared this Friday
Alice Newson-Smith, Alex Smith, Emma Jenkinson,
Mike Hatfield, Simon Lumley, 
Children's home session for Palm Sunday
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Tell the story Matthew 21.1-11: Jesus comes into Jerusalem for the Passover festival.

Explain that people travelled to Jerusalem in groups with friends and family. Passover was a big festival, with lots of preparation. 

'Hosanna! Hosanna!’ The crowds shouted and sang as Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. Now who’d get excited about a man riding on a donkey? People who had read the Old Testament, that’s who. Some laid their cloaks down in the road, and some cut branches from the nearby trees to mark the way, as they would do for a king.

A king? A king on a donkey? What made them think of that? Well, the Old Testament prophet, Zechariah. Years before, he’d said: ‘Shout for joy, Jerusalem! Your king comes to you, riding humbly on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ Jesus knew the Old Testament very well, of course. That’s why he’d sent his disciples ahead of him to get the donkey in the first place. ‘Go into Bethphage,’ he’d said. ‘You’ll find a donkey and her foal tied up there. Bring them to me.’ Just as his followers were about to go, he’d said, ‘If anyone tries to stop you, just say, “The Lord needs them,” and they’ll let you go.’

So the disciples had gone and got the donkey, a humble animal, just as Zechariah had described it, and thrown cloaks on its back for Jesus to sit on. And that’s what he was riding into the city.

‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’ cried the crowds, both behind and ahead of Jesus. ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest. The people asked 'who is this?'. And the crowds replied, ‘This is the prophet, Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.’
Questions to consider

  • What was the most surprising part of the story and why?
  • Have you ever been part of a big crowd watching an event?
  • If you saw Jesus on the street, what word might you shout and why?
  • How might the bystanders have felt when they watched what was happening?
  • What might you have thought if you were one of Jesus’ disciples?
  • What may the crowds have anticipated happening straight after this incident?

To do
Make a praise banner
Decorate leaves (template) and join them all together on a large sheet of paper to make a praise banner.

Sunday 5th April 2020
Palm Sunday

Welcome to Worship 

Opening Prayer 
Lord God, let us approach with shouts of praise:
hosanna in the highest!
Let us approach the throne
of the one who came as a humble servant,
who came to set us free, to change things for ever.
Hosanna to the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Amen.

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!
Thy last and fiercest strife is nigh;
the Father on his sapphire throne
awaits 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

A prayer of confession
Lord Jesus, you came to change the world.
Forgive us when we become complacent.
Lord Jesus, you came to serve, not to be served.
Forgive us when we put ourselves before others
Lord Jesus, you came to bring peace.
Forgive us when we cause more strife than peace.
Lord Jesus, you came to set the captives free.
Forgive us when we don’t stand up for justice.
Help us to change the world by serving one another, working for peace, and standing up for justice Amen.
A prayer of praise and thanksgiving based on Psalm 118
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.
Gospel Reading: from Matthew 21.1-11
When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, ‘The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately.” This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying, “Tell the daughter of Zion, Look, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?” The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Respond to the Word
Do you believe and trust in God the Father,
source of all being and life,
the one for whom we exist?
We believe and trust in him
Do you believe and trust in God the Son,
who took our human nature,
died for us and rose again?
We believe and trust in him.
Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit,
who gives life to the people of God
and makes Christ known in the world?
We believe and trust in him.
This is the faith of the Church.
This is our faith.
We believe and trust in one God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.


I see the King of Glory
Coming on the clouds with fire
The whole earth shakes, the whole earth shakes
I see His love and mercy
Washing over all our sin
The people sing, the people sing
Hosanna, Hosanna
Hosanna in the highest
Hosanna, Hosanna
Hosanna in the highest
I see a generation
Rising up to take their place
With selfless faith, with selfless faith
I see a new revival
Stirring as we pray and seek
We're on our knees, we're on our knees
Hosanna, Hosanna…
Heal my heart and make it clean
Open up my eyes to the things unseen
Show me how to love like you have loved me
Break my heart for what breaks yours
Everything I am for your kingdom's cause
As I walk from earth into eternity
Hosanna, Hosanna…
Prayers of Intercession

Lord Jesus,
we pray for all who give of themselves sacrificially,
for those whose lives are dedicated to serving others:
parents, carers, foster carers, doctors, nurses…
those caring for children or elderly relatives.

We pray for those serving in war-torn countries
around the world:
medics, those who work in missions, the media,
NGOs and charities…
who bring food, shelter and healing to those in need,
sometimes putting their lives on the line.

We pray for those in our communities who need our unconditional love:
those hurting from broken relationships, abuse, bullying, domestic violence…
children and adults whose lives are bereft of love and hope.

We pray that we might be Easter people,
laying down our lives to serve others,
bringing hope to hopeless situations
the hope of the cross and resurrection.

Merciful Father,
accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

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 forever. Amen.

Thou didst leave thy throne and thy kingly crown
When thou camest to earth for me;
But in Bethlehem's home was there found no room
For thy holy nativity.
O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
There is room in my heart for thee.
Heaven's arches rang when the angels sang,
Proclaiming thy royal degree;
But of lowly birth cam'st thou, Lord, on earth,
And in great humility.
O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
There is room in my heart for thee.
When heaven's arches ring, and her choirs shall sing,
At thy coming to victory,
Let thy voice call me home, saying 'Yet there is room,
There is room at my side for thee!'
And my heart shall rejoice, Lord Jesus,
When thou comest and callest for me.
The Blessing
This week, as we walk the way of the cross
may God renew your strength,
your hope and your vision
And may the blessing of God….  Amen.
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