Palm Sunday Service of the Word.

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Below is a service of The Word approximating St T’s usual style of worship.

Christ enters the city, riding into our lives in humility
but with all the authority of good.
Christ comes amongst us in grace.
Christ dares to ride towards our life,
inviting our company and affirming in us every trembling promise.
Christ comes amongst us in grace.
Let us bring our praises to God.

 THE PALM COLLECT Assist us mercifully with your help, Lord God of our salvation: that we may enter with joy into the celebration of those mighty acts whereby you give us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.


Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke. 
Glory to you, O Lord.

After he had said this, Jesus went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.

 When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, saying, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, “Why are you untying it?” just say this: “The Lord needs it.” ’ So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, ‘Why are you untying the colt?’ They said, ‘The Lord needs it.’ Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, saying,

‘Blessed is the king
who comes in the name of the Lord!

Peace in heaven,and glory in the highest heaven!’ 

Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, order your disciples to stop.’ He answered,
‘I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.’

Give thanks for the glorious Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.  


Let us praise our Messiah by holding the Palm Crosses delivered to you by post this week (or your hands if you do not have a cross), as we sing, or listen to:

God our Saviour, whose Son Jesus Christ entered
Jerusalem as Messiah to suffer and to die let these palm crosses be for us signs of his victory and grant that we who bear them in his name may ever hail him as our King. Amen.

 THE PASSION COLLECT Almighty God, who, in your tender love for the human race, sent your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, to take our nature upon him, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: mercifully grant, that we may both follow the example of his passion, and also, be made partakers of his resurrection; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.. Amen.

Liturgy of the Word



Gracious and loving God,
we ask forgiveness for the many times we have denied Jesus,
Lord, have mercy.
For grace to seek out those habits, which lead to
spiritual death, and by prayer and self-discipline to overcome them,
Lord, have mercy.
For all people, suffering in this time of Corona pandemic,
Lord, have mercy.
For those who continue to work for the health, peace and order of the wold, bringing encouragement to the vulnerable and comfort to the lonely,
Lord, have mercy.
For those who have the courage and honesty to work openly for
justice and peace,
Lord, have mercy.
For those in the darkness and agony of isolation,
that they may find support and encouragement,
Lord, have mercy.
For those who, weighed down with hardship, failure, or sorrow,
feel that God is far from them,
Lord, have mercy.
For those who are tempted to give up the way of the cross,
Lord, have mercy.
For those who still make Jerusalem a battleground,
Lord, have mercy.
That we, with those who have died in faith,
may find mercy in the day of Christ,
Lord, have mercy.

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.

Prayer for blessing

May Christ give us grant grace to grow in holiness,
to deny ourselves, take up our cross,
and follow him; and may the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son
and Holy Spirit, rest upon us this day and always. Amen.

May we go on with our day in peace loving and serving the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

A priest and poet in the Scottish Episcopal Church, exploring the workings of the Holy Spirit in Banchory .