Morning Worship on 29 March, Passion Sunday

Welcome to this week’s online Windmill United Benefice service for Passion Sunday, as the fifth Sunday in Lent, the one before Palm Sunday, is known. You can either read all the words of the service, pausing to hear the music (recorded at previous services in the benefice), 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

The hymn ‘All my hope on God is founded’ is sung

All my hope on God is founded;
He doth still my trust renew;
Me through change and chance he guideth,
Only good and only true.
God unknown, He alone
calls my heart to be his own.

Human pride and earthly glory,
Sword and crown betray his trust;
What with care and toil he buildeth
Tow’r and temple, fall to dust.
But God’s pow’r, hour by hour,
Is my temple and my tow’r.

God’s great goodness aye endureth,
Deep his wisdom, passing thought;
Splendour, light and life attend him,
Beauty springeth out of naught.
Evermore, from his store
New-born worlds rise and adore.

Still from earth to God eternal
Sacrifice of praise be done,
High above all praises praising
For the gift of Christ his Son.
Christ doth call one and all:
ye who follow shall not fall.

This is the day that the Lord has made.

Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith, firmly resolved to keep God’s commandments and to live in love and peace with all.

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 neighbours as ourselves.
In your mercy forgive what we have been,
help us to amend what we are,
and direct what we shall be;
that we may do justly, love mercy,
and walk humbly with you, our God. Amen.

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.

‘Be still and know that I am God’ is sung

Be still and know that I am God.
Be still and know that I am God.
Be still and know that I am God.

I am the Lord that healeth thee.
I am the Lord that healeth thee.
I am the Lord that healeth thee.

In thee, O Lord, I put my trust.
In thee, O Lord, I put my trust.
In thee, O Lord, I put my trust.

The Collect for Passion Sunday, the fifth Sunday in Lent:
Most merciful God,
who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ
delivered and saved the world:
grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross
we may triumph in the power of his victory;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen

Listen to today’s Old Testament reading, Ezekiel 37: 1-14
Read by Rosemary Spruce

Listen to today’s Gospel reading, John 11: 1-45
Read by Andrew Goudie

A talk is given
Revd Nicholas Calver

Be still and know that I am God
Be still and know that I am
Be still and know
Be still


The Creed
We believe in God the Father,
from whom every family
in heaven and on earth is named.

We believe in God the Son,
who lives in our hearts through faith,
and fills us with his love.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit,
who strengthens us with power from on high.

We believe in one God;
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

The prayers are said
Kay Hammond

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, ‘Go peaceful’ by Paul Field, arranged for the choir by Roger Hind
Sung by the choir of St Mary the Virgin, Horne

Go peaceful in gentleness through the violence of these days
Give freely, show tenderness in all your ways
Through darkness in troubled times let holiness be your aim
Seek wisdom, let faithfulness burn like a flame

God speed you, God lead you and keep you wrapped around his heart:
May you be known by love

Be righteous, speak truthfully in a world of greed and lies.
Show kindness, see everyone through heaven’s eyes.

God hold you, enfold you and keep you wrapped around his heart:
May you be known by love, may you be known by love

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.

God of compassion, whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary, shared the life of a home in Nazareth, and drew the whole human family to himself: support us in our daily living that in joy and sorrow we may know the power of your presence; through Jesus Christ, your Son, 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.

The hymn ‘Stand up for Jesus! Stand up for Jesus’ is sung

Stand up! Stand up for Jesus! Stand up before his cross,
An instrument of torture; inflicting pain and loss.
Transformed by his obedience to God’s redeeming plan,
The cross was overpowered by Christ, both God and man.

Stand up! Stand up for Jesus! Be counted as his own;
His gospel of forgiveness he cannot spread alone.
The love which draws us to him, he calls us out to share;
He calls us to the margins to be his presence there.

Stand up! Stand up for Jesus! In faith and hope be strong,
Stand firm for right and justice, opposed to sin and wrong.
Give comfort to the wounded and care for those in pain,
For Christ, in those who suffer, is crucified again.

Stand up! Stand up for Jesus, who reigns as King of kings,
Be ready for the challenge of faith his kingship brings.
He will not force obedience, he gives to each the choice
To turn from all that’s holy, or in his love rejoice.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus, give courage to the weak,
Be unashamed to praise him, be bold his name to speak.
Confront the cross unflinching, Christ’s love has set us free;
He conquered death for ever and lives eternally.

Jean Holloway (b.1939) CCLI: 845257 CCLI: 1247177

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.