Following new guidance by the Diocese, live-streaming from the Church is at the moment not allowed. Please see below for today's prayers, readings and reflection:
PALM SUNDAY 5th April
Almighty and everlasting God, who in your tender love towards 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 also be made partakers of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.
Isaiah 50:4-9, Phillippians 2:5-11, Matthew 26:14-27:66.
Pray for all who are sick and suffering at this time and for those who seek to heal and care for them.
Pray for the sick by name; Dean Draper, Otto Lein, Charlie Chesser and Bill Scott.
Pray for those who have died and especially for Ginette Ghorghiu and Andrea Fancellu.
Jesus came to Jerusalem for Passover with many of his fellow Galileans. As they approached the city excitement mounted.People shinned up trees and began to pull down branches to lay in the path of the donkey on which Jesus rode.Soon the way was lined with chanting, joyous crowds.
Many of them were giving voice to the happiness they had encountered through the words and deeds of Jesus. Here was a man who had the power to resist the kingdom of pain and suffering and subdue it. Here was a man who in his teaching, made ordinary, every-day things a window into heaven. He had healed the sick, he had brought the message of God's Kingdom within the grasp and understanding of the simplest of people. Their love knew no bounds. He was coming in the name of the Lord and they greeted him with cries of Hosanna.
Others saw Jesus in a different way. They shouted slogans like, 'Blessings on the coming kingdom of our father David'. It was a revolutionary battle-cry, inflammatory and political. It expressed a deeply-bedded desire for a return to the political conditions of King David's golden reign, when Israel was independent and strong. These greeted Jesus as the man to throw off the curse of Roman domination. He was the man for freedom and equality, the man to restore Israel's former glory.
What of Jesus himself? He too was trying to say something. By riding on a donkey he was saying something about peace. Had he ridden a charger it would have been a symbol of war. He came on a donkey, a symbol of peace. It was the symbol of that king described by Zechariah, a king who was to disarm the fighters. Jesus came in the way of peace that was, within a few days, to become the way of the cross.