Leader: Fear not, Jerusalem! Your king comes to you meekly riding on a donkey.
ALL: Hosanna to the Son of David,
Leader: Ride on in the cause of truth and for the sake of justice.
ALL: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
Leader: Your throne is the throne of God and will endure for ever; the sceptre of you kingdom is the sceptre of righteousness.
ALL: Hosanna to the Son of David. Hosanna in the highest!
Leader: Dear friends in Christ, today we begin the season of holy week 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. We share his journey so that, united with him in his sufferings, we may also share in his risen life.
Please hold up your palm crosses for a prayer
Loving Father your Son Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem as Messiah to suffer and to die; by your blessing, let these palms be to us a sign 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. Amen
Welcome, as we gather to celebrate the Eucharist together
We meet in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
PRAYER OF PREPARATION
Be with us Lord, as we gather in your name;
direct our thoughts, teach us to pray;
lift up our hearts to worship you
in spirit and in truth,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
After a moment of quiet reflection, we confess our sins to God and pray together:
Most merciful God,
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
we confess that we have sinned in thought word and deed.
We have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have not loved our neighbour as ourselves.
In your mercy, forgive what we have been,
help us amend what we are, and direct what we shall be;
that we may act justly, love mercy
and walk humbly with you, our God. Amen.
Lord, have mercy.
All Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
All Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
All Lord, have mercy.
AFFIRMING GOD’S FORGIVENESS
Almighty God, have mercy upon us, pardon and deliver us from all our sins, confirm and strengthen us in all goodness and keep us in life eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
THE COLLECT FOR PALM SUNDAY
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. Amen.
Readings from the pewsheet, or the Matthew Passion document. A reflection for today is also attached
Let us declare our faith in Jesus the Son of God
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 the death of 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 shall bow,
and every voice proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father. Amen.
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
Suggestions for prayer are on the reflection sheet
The Peace is introduced with this bidding
The peace of the Lord
be always with you.
Let us offer one another a sign of peace
We share a sign of peace with all people of faith throughout the world as we enter Holy Week together in this time of tragedy and uncertainty.
Please join together by singing or saying the words of the hymn on the reflection sheet, the Servant King
Although we cannot share the sacramental bread and wine of the Eucharist in this time of exile, you are invited, if you wish, to take a piece of bread and a sip of water, in celebration of the unity of Christ’s body, and calling to mind the Eucharist celebrated on our behalf.
We end by saying:
The Grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ,
And the love of God,
And the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
Be with us all evermore. Amen