This short act of worship has been prepared for you to use if you are unable to attend church.  If you are well enough why not spend a few moments with God, knowing that other people are sharing this act of worship with you.

If you would like to make your own palm cross, follow this link for one possible place with instructions.

Junior Church Resources:


Opening Prayer (for a recording, see below)

Let us pray…..

Loving God, on this Palm Sunday, with mixed emotions and feelings and concerns, we worship you. We may not be able gather in our churches, but by your Spirit we are one with each other, with you, and with those who have gone before us, even when physically apart. As the body of Christ help us, we pray, to know your presence as we meet in Jesus’ name. Amen

Please join in the response if you would like to…

Hosanna to the Son of David.

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

On this day we recall the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The King of peace riding on a donkey. We pray for peace in our hearts and in our world this day. We pray that we may be agents of peace so that not only our words, but our thoughts, may reflect you kindness.

Hosanna to the Son of David.

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

On this day we recall the greetings that were on that day. May we in this time of turmoil continue to celebrate the arrival of Christ in our hearts. Each morning may we praise you anew, and give thanks for all that has been laid aside and taken up for us.

Hosanna to the Son of David.

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

On this day, we recall the beginning of the events of this Holy Week. As we read and hear again of betrayal and denial, we offer our need for forgiveness loving God. We witness all that Christ went through and know that so often our words and actions are luke-warm. Too often we turn away out of fear or apathy. Forgive us we pray, strengthen us and renew us as disciples of Christ that we may walk his way.

Hosanna to the Son of David.

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

On this day, we recall those who travelled with Jesus, and who loved him. We recall those who found the events of this week unbearable. We pray for those whom we love nearby and far away…..may each know your peace and your presence wherever they are, and whatever they face this day.

We pray for those who are seeking to bring health and wholeness to our communities. For those working in health and care professions, for the suppliers and distributors of food, for those seeking to make the best decisions for us and for our world.

We pray for those who are unwell, and those who mourn the loss of loved ones. In the quiet we bring our own prayers before you, loving God…..

Loving God, on this day we worship you. Help us to know your presence in the name of him who came to dwell amongst us, and to show us the way of service and love, Jesus Christ our Lord and our Saviour. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer 

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 that 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.
Amen.

Hymn

Readings

Isaiah 50: 4–9a

Read by Alan Turner-Smith

Matthew 21: 1–11

Read by Alan Turner-Smith

Reflection (for a copy of the text, see below)

palm-sunday-reflectionDownload

Hymn – selected by John Winterbottom

The second verse notes that ‘time is in His hands’ At these times of uncertainty, we can rely on the real certainty that our God is ‘Great’ and that we can trust that all will work for good for those who love Him, even when sometimes it it is difficult to discern this. Lets place our time, into His time. (John Winterbottom)

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Final Prayer and Blessing (for a recording, see below)

Let us pray.

We remember, loving God,
that Jesus set his face steadfastly
towards Jerusalem,
and entered the city in triumph.

We pray that we also may act bravely
and commit ourselves to your will,
that through us
your love may be demonstrated
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

And may the blessing of God,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
remain with us
now and evermore.

Amen.

Lectionary: Sunday, 5th April

Lectionary readings for the 6th Sunday in Lent (Palm Sunday):

Entry into Jerusalem:

Matthew 21: 1–11

Psalm 118: 1–2, 19–29

The Passion:

Isaiah 50: 4–9a

Psalm 31: 9–16

Philippians 2: 5–11

Matthew 26: 14 – 27:66 or Matthew 27: 11–54