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Monday, 6 April 2020

Holy Monday

Tomorrow's reflection will come from Reverend Sally, Wednesday's reflection will come from Kathreen and Thursday's from Reverend Chris.  I will do the reflection for Good Friday, which will be part of something I did last year with just two people present.  I have been asked to repeat it as apparently, comment was made about it and people are wanting to hear it for themselves.

Sunday, 5 April 2020

Palm Sunday activity

What a lovely morning.  I did Morning Prayer using the text with links (thank you David) to the sermon and prayers (thank you Chris) and at 9 am Dave and I, with paten and chalice at the ready, joined with Bishop David and Archdeacon Karen in a service of Holy Communion.  I will soon be putting my home made cross, made from the instruction video, in my study window.

If you see this and have young children who need to be occupied, perhaps you could get them to make some simple palm trees from paper.  Look at the picture below; using a piece of A4 paper, make cuts where you see lines, long cuts at the top and small, more widely spaced cuts at the bottom.  Roll the paper fairly tightly and secure with sellotape.  Bend the top cuts over and the bottom cuts outward to help the tree to stand .

Saturday, 4 April 2020

Rev'd Chris

Thank you to Rev'd Christine for our sermon this week.  A donkey would not be the first animal that springs to my mind when thinking of her.  A recently emerged butterfly seems nearer the mark to me. 

May God continue to bless your ministry Chris.

Morning Prayer for Palm Sunday

5th April 2020

O Lord, open our lips
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Let your ways be known upon earth,
your saving power among the nations.
One or more of the following is said or sung:
this or another prayer of thanksgiving
Blessed are you, Lord God of our salvation,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
As a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief
your only Son was lifted up
that he might draw the whole world to himself.
May we walk this day in the way of the cross
and always be ready to share its weight,
declaring your love for all the world.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be God for ever.

Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by?
Look and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow,
Which was brought upon me,
which the Lord inflicted
on the day of his fierce anger.
For these things I weep;
my eyes flow with tears;
for a comforter is far from me,
one to revive my courage.
Remember my affliction and my bitterness,
the wormwood and the gall!
But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
his mercies never come to an end;
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul,
‘therefore I will hope in him.’
The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul that seeks him.
It is good that we should wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.
For the Lord will not reject for ever;
though he causes grief, he will have compassion,
According to the abundance of his steadfast love;
for he does not willingly afflict or grieve anyone.
Lamentations 1.12, 16a,b; 3.19, 21-26, 31-33

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you;
by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.
God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong.
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
We preach Christ crucified,
the power of God and the wisdom of God.
By your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.
God forbid that I should glory,
save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you;
by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

The word of the cross is folly
to those who are perishing,
but to those who are being saved
it is the power of God.
Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel,
who has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour,
born of the house of his servant David.
Through his holy prophets God promised of old
to save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all that hate us,
To show mercy to our ancestors,
and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath God swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
Free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.
And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
To give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of all their sins
In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Luke 1.68-79
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.
The word of the cross is folly
to those who are perishing,
but to those who are being saved
it is the power of God.

The Collect of the day is said
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,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

The Lord’s Prayer is said
Standing at the foot of the cross,
as our Saviour taught us, so we pray
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.

May Christ, who bore our sins on the cross,
set us free to serve him with joy.
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

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Palm Sunday

John 12:13 
So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord— the King of Israel!’

Friday, 3 April 2020

Palm crosses

If you would like to make a 'Palm Cross' in anticipation of the Palm Sunday service led by Bishop David, here is a great 'how-to' video from Rev'd Ian Bullock. All you need is a sheet of A4 paper and some scissors.

How to make your own Palm Cross

If you don't use Facebook and are struggling with the link, try this one instead:

Making crosses for Palm Sunday