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Sunday April 5th Service - Palm Sunday

Updated: Apr 3, 2020

The Procession of Palm Crosses

“Whenever possible, the congregation gathers in a place apart from the church to which the procession will go…..”

This year we are gathering in our homes…

Let us declare:

Hosanna to the Son of David, the King of Israel.

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

Hosanna in the highest.

All Hosanna to the Son of David.

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

In the name of the Father,

and of the Son,

and of the Holy Spirit.

All Amen.

The Greeting

The president greets the people

Grace, mercy and peace

from God our Father

and the Lord Jesus Christ

be with you

All and also with you.

Jesus faces his biggest challenge yet! He is heading towards Jerusalem and arrives not on a mighty warrior horse as would a king- but a donkey/colt.

Watch and see…

We too can welcome Jesus with our home-made palm crosses…

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, during Lent we have been preparing by works of love and self-sacrifice for the celebration of our Lord’s death and resurrection. Today we come together to begin this solemn celebration in union 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. Let us go with him in faith and love, so that, united with him in his sufferings, we may share his risen life.

The people hold up palms or branches while this prayer is said by the president

God our Saviour,

whose Son Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem as Messiah to suffer

and to die;

let these palms be for us signs 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;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

All Amen.

The Procession

Let us go forth, praising Jesus our Messiah.

(How many laps of your rooms does it take?...)

Let us pray


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.

Passion reading (videos)

Who is Jesus Christ to you?

John…Our Saviour, Our Friend, Our Carer

Lin…Jesus lives in everyone who wants him too

Sam…Someone who looks over my family and me

Loenard…Our Saviour and protector

Arise and Shine…Jesus is my Saviour, my refuge and my light

Tianah…Jesus is my saviour

Pauline…Healer, protector, refuge, heavenly father, hope.

Sermon- Passion narrative see talk…

Sing together “Waymaker”


The Peace

Once we were far off,

but now in union with Christ Jesus we have been brought near

through the shedding of Christ’s blood,

for he is our peace.

Ephesians 2.13,14

The peace of the Lord be always with you

All and also with you.

These words may be added

Let us offer one another a sign of peace. (Zoom)

At the preparation of the table this prayer may be said

Jesus, true vine and bread of life,

ever giving yourself that the world might live,

let us share your death and passion:

make us perfect in your love.

All Amen.

The Eucharistic Prayer…

The Lord is here.

All His Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts.

All We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All It is right to give thanks and praise.

Almighty God, good Father to us all,

your face is turned towards your world.

In love you gave us Jesus your Son

to rescue us from sin and death.

Your Word goes out to call us home

to the city where angels sing your praise.

We join with them in heaven’s song:

All Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

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

Hosanna in the highest.]

And now we give you thanks

because, for our salvation,

he was obedient even to death on the cross.

The tree of shame was made the tree of glory;

and where life was lost, there life has been restored.

This is his story.

All This is our song:

Hosanna in the highest.

The crowds came out to see your Son,

yet at the end they turned on him.

On the night he was betrayed

he came to table with his friends

to celebrate the freedom of your people.

This is his story.

All This is our song:

Hosanna in the highest.

Jesus blessed you, Father, for the food;

he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and said:

This is my body, given for you all.

Jesus then gave thanks for the wine;

he took the cup, gave it and said:

This is my blood, shed for you all

for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this in remembrance of me.

This is our story.

All This is our song:

Hosanna in the highest.

Therefore, Father, with this bread and this cup

we celebrate the cross

on which he died to set us free.

Defying death he rose again

and is alive with you to plead for us and all the world.

This is our story.

All This is our song:

Hosanna in the highest.

Send your Spirit on us now

that by these gifts we may feed on Christ

with opened eyes and hearts on fire.

May we and all who share this food

offer ourselves to live for you

and be welcomed at your feast in heaven

where all creation worships you,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit:

All Blessing and honour and glory and power

be yours for ever and ever.


The service continues with the Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

Standing at the foot of the cross,

as our Saviour taught us, so we pray

All 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 for ever.


Breaking of the Bread

The president breaks the consecrated bread.

Every time we eat this bread

and drink this cup,

All we proclaim the Lord’s death

until he comes.

The Agnus Dei may be used as the bread is broken

All Jesus, Lamb of God,

have mercy on us.

Jesus, bearer of our sins,

have mercy on us.

Jesus, redeemer of the world,

grant us peace.

We pray together

All Lord Jesus Christ,

you humbled yourself in taking the form of a servant,

and in obedience died on the cross for our salvation:

give us the mind to follow you

and to proclaim you as Lord and King,

to the glory of God the Father.


In these dark times, we must remember that all things look better and safer in Christ’s light.

Song: My Lighthouse….with actions please. Everyone on their feet.

The Blessing

The president may use this seasonal blessing, or another suitable blessing

May the Father,

who so loved the world that he gave his only Son,

bring us by faith to his eternal life.


May Christ,

who accepted the cup of sacrifice

in obedience to the Father’s will,

keep us steadfast as we walk with him the way of his cross.


May the Spirit,

who strengthens us to suffer with Christ

that we may share his glory,

set our minds on life and peace.


And the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among you and remain with you always.

All Amen.

Go in the peace of Christ.

All Thanks be to God.

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