Palm Sunday Service April 2020

Palm Sunday 5th April 2020

The Parish of St James and St Basil


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A short piece of music will be played as we gather our thoughts and prepare to join together in prayer

05 Whitlock Fidelis

Commemoration of the Lord’s entry into Jerusalem

Hosanna to the Son of David, 
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord

Behold your King comes unto you O Zion.
meek and lowly riding upon an ass,
Ride on in the cause of truth and for the sake of justice.
Your throne is the throne of God: it endures for ever; and the sceptre of your kingdom is a righteous sceptre.
You have loved righteousness and hated evil.Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows

Hosanna to the Son of David, 
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord

Hymn CP 129
1 Ride on, ride on in majesty! Hark!
all the tribes “Hosanna” cry;
O Saviour meek, pursue thy road,
with palms and scattered garments strowed.

2 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.

3 Ride on, ride on in majesty!
The angel-squadrons of the sky
look down with sad and wondering eyes
to see the approaching sacrifice.

4 Ride on, ride on in majesty!
Thy last and fiercest strife is nigh;
the Father on his sapphire throne
awaits his own anointed Son.

5 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.

Focusing on God

God who called the world into being, who calls us to follow Christ; close our minds to distractions, open our ears to hear your call, open our hearts to receive your love, and open our eyes to the needs of our community.

Saying Sorry to God

Loving God, forgive us for the times
when we hear you call on our lives but do not listen.
Forgive us, when we speak foolishly before we think.
Forgive us when we say one thing but do another.
Forgive us when we look to our own interests rather than the interests of others.


Let the same mind be in us that was in Jesus Christ, So that your love for all people may shine through our words and actions.

Declaring God’s Forgiveness

May the Father forgive us by the death of his Son and strengthen us to live in the power of the Spirit, all our days. 


The Collect

Let us pray for a closer union with Christ in his suffering and his glory

Almighty and ever living God, who in your tender love toward 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 may also be partakers of his resurrection
Through the same Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord,
Who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit
One God, now and forever,


Hearing and responding to the Word of God

First Reading Philippians 2 v 5-11Niel

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.

And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross.

Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

This is the word of the Lord

Thanks be to God

Psalm 31 v 9-16 (From the liturgy of the Passion)

R Into your hands I commend my spirit, for you have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth

Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am in trouble; my eye is consumed with sorrow, my soul and my body also. For my life is wasted with grief, and my years with sighing; my strength fails me because of my affliction, and my bones are consumed. R

11  I have become a reproach to all my enemies and even to my neighbours,
an object of dread to my acquaintances; when they see me in the street they flee from me. R

12  I am forgotten like one that is dead, out of mind; I have become like a broken vessel. For I have heard the whispering of the crowd; fear is on every side; they scheme together against me, and plot to take my life. R

14  But my trust is in you, O Lord. I have said, ‘You are my God. ‘My times are in your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me. ‘Make your face to shine upon your servant, and save me for your mercy’s sake.’ R

The Palm Gospel (from the liturgy of the Psalms)

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

Glory to you O Lord

When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2saying 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. 3If anyone says anything to you, just say this, “The Lord needs them.” And he will send them immediately.’ 4This took place to fulfil what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,  5 ‘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.’  6The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; 7they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. 8A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9The 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!’  10When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, ‘Who is this?’11The crowds were saying, ‘This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.’

This is the Gospel of the Lord

Praise to you, O Christ


Affirmation of Faith

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.


Intercession – using the following response – Niel
Holy God,
Holy and strong,
holy and Immortal
Have mercy on us.

We thank you Lord for the gift of friendship, particularly in this difficult time when many of us are socially isolated. Help us to reach out to those who are aching for human contact – Holy God

Have mercy on us.

Thank you Lord for our amazing brains, the power to think, to sympathise, and to innovate. Help us to use this power to make the world a better, caring place – Holy God

have mercy on us.

Let us pray for all those with disability and health issues. Please let there be recognition that we are all equal and have every right to the same level of care and compassion. Please help us look beyond colour, race, creed and disability to see that we are are all human and need to care for each other – Holy God

Have mercy on us.

We pray for those who
have lost their jobs and are uncertain how they can pay bills and provide for their families;
are living in cramped accommodation, unable to go out;
live alone and are worried about obtaining food or medication;
are unable to visit family or friends who are ill.
Grant them all the knowledge of your comforting presence in their lives and help us all to be good neighbours to them – Holy God

Have mercy on us.

We pray for those who govern us. Give them health. Keep them safe. Grant them wisdom to make the difficult decisions they are faced with, and humility to review those decisions when circumstances change – Holy God

Have mercy on us.

Bless the Queen and her family. We thank you for her constant devotion to our country. Grant her peace in turbulent times – Holy God, Holy and strong, holy and Immortal

Have mercy on us.

The Lord’s Prayer
As our Saviour taught us, so we pray

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.

Hymn CP 127
1 When I survey the wondrous cross
where the young Prince of glory died,
my richest gain I count but loss,
and pour contempt on all my pride.

2 Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
save in the cross of Christ, my God;
all the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to his blood.

3 See, from his head, his hands, his feet,
sorrow and love flow mingled down;
did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
or thorns compose so rich a crown?

4 Were the whole realm of nature mine,
that were an offering far too small;
love so amazing, so divine,
demands my soul, my life, my all.

The Peace

The peace of the Lord be always with you 

And also with you.

Going out to serve

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 may the blessing of God almighty,
The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit
Be among us, and remain with us, now and always.

Let us bless the Lord

Thanks be to God

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord

In the name of Christ. Amen.

We finish with a short piece of musican Anthem from the J’s and B’s Quartet replaced the anticipated Organ Fantasia – for another day!

04 Gibbons Fantasia of Foure Parts

The Parish of St James and St Basil