A special service for Palm Sunday, 5 April 2020

Welcome to this week’s online Windmill United Benefice service for Palm Sunday. You can either read all the words of the service, pausing to hear the music, readings, talk and prayers, or, if you are sharing the service with someone, one of you can read the words in regular type and you can all join in the parts in bold. All the music, as well as the dramatised reading of the Gospel, were recorded at last year’s joint benefice service for Palm Sunday at St Mary the Virgin, Horne.

Introduction and blessing of palm crosses

We join in the hymn ‘All glory laud and honour’, hearing the words as the congregation gradually enters the church

The people of the Hebrews with palms before Thee went:
Our praise and prayer and anthems before Thee we present.
All glory, laud and honour, to thee, Redeemer King,
To whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring.

To thee before thy passion they sang their hymns of praise:
To thee now high exalted our melody we raise.
All glory, laud and honour, to thee, Redeemer King,
To whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring.

Thou didst accept their praises, accept the prayers we bring,
Who in all good delightest, thou good and gracious king.
All glory, laud and honour, to thee, Redeemer King,
To whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring.

Thou art the King of Israel, thou David’s royal Son,
Who in the Lord’s name comest, the king and blessèd one.
All glory, laud and honour, to thee, Redeemer King,
To whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring.

The Collect for Palm Sunday:
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.
Amen

Listen to a reading from Philippians 2: 5-11
Read by Gill Robinson

The hymn ‘Make way’ is sung

Make way, make way, for Christ the King
In splendour arrives. 
Fling wide the gates and welcome him
Into your lives.
Make way! (Make way!)
Make way! (Make way!)
For the King of kings!
(For the King of kings!)
Make way! (Make way!)
Make way! (Make way!)
And let his kingdom in!

He comes the broken hearts to heal,
The prisoners to free.
The deaf shall hear, the lame shall dance,
The blind shall see.
Make way! (Make way!)
Make way! (Make way!)
For the King of kings!
(For the King of kings!)
Make way! (Make way!)
Make way! (Make way!)
And let his kingdom in!

And those who mourn with heavy hearts,
Who weep and sigh;
With laughter, joy and royal crown
He’ll beautify.
Make way! (Make way!)
Make way! (Make way!)
For the King of kings!
(For the King of kings!)
Make way! (Make way!)
Make way! (Make way!)
And let his kingdom in!

We call you now to worship him
As Lord of all.
To have no gods before him:
Their thrones must fall!
Make way! (Make way!)
Make way! (Make way!)
For the King of kings!
(For the King of kings!)
Make way! (Make way!)
Make way! (Make way!)
And let his kingdom in!

Graham Kendrick © 1986 Make Way Music CCLI: 845257 CCLI: 1247177

A dramatised reading of the Gospel

Talk
Revd Nicholas Calver

The Peace
You may be thinking of those physically present with you when you say the words of the peace or thinking of others who are present in spirit

Let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts,
since as members of one body we are called to peace.
The peace of the Lord be always with you

Listen to the anthem, ‘Were you there?’
Sung by the joint Windmill United Benefice choir

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us:
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. Amen.

Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Lord Jesus, give us your light in our eyes,
your word on our lips, and your love in our hearts.
Strengthen us in the power of your Spirit
to live and work to your praise and glory. Amen.

May the love of the Father fill our hearts,
May the love of the Lord Jesus fill our homes,
And may the grace of the Holy Spirit bind us together in love.
Amen

The hymn ‘Ride on, ride on in majesty’ is sung

Ride on, ride on in majesty!
Hark! all the tribes hosanna cry;
Thy humble beast pursues his 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!
The wingèd squadrons of the sky
look down with sad and wond’ring eyes
to see th’approaching sacrifice.

Ride on, ride on in majesty!
Your 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 pow’r and reign.

Organist: Peter Nye
Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England (2000), material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2000.