Palm Sunday 28th March 2021

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Palm Sunday 28th March 2021

Grace and peace to you all
from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Blessing of the Palm Cross
Dear Friends in Christ,
in our observance of Lent we have been preparing,
by self-examination and spiritual discipline,
to celebrate the mystery of our Lord’s death and resurrection.
In baptism we are marked with the cross of Christ.
Today we begin the solemn celebration of our salvation
through his death on the cross and his resurrection to glory.
We now recall our Lord’s entry as king into Jerusalem,
to suffer, to die, and to rise again.
Let us follow him, that, as we died with Christ in our Baptism,
so we may share his risen life.

Congregation are invited to stand and hold up their Palm Crosses.

Almighty and everlasting God,
may these palms be for us
a sign of Christ’s victory over sin and death;
and may we who have been baptised in his name,
worship him as king, obey him as Lord,
and follow him in the way of the Cross,
which leads to eternal life.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Collect for purity:
Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord.

Summary of the Law:
Our Lord Jesus Christ said: The first commandment is this:
“Hear, O Israel, the Lord God is the only Lord.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.”
The second is this: “Love your neighbour as yourself.”
There is no other commandment greater than these.
Amen, Lord, have mercy

Confession and Absolution:
God is love and we are God’s children.
There is no room for fear in love.
We love because God loved us first.
Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith.
God our Father, we confess to you
and to our fellow members in the Body of Christ
that we have sinned in thought, word and deed,
and in what we have failed to do.
We are truly sorry. Forgive us our sins,
and deliver us from the power of evil,
for the sake of your Son who died for us,
Jesus Christ, Our Lord
God, who is both power and love,
forgive us and free us from our sins,
heal and strengthen us by the Holy Spirit,
and raise us to new life in Christ our Lord.

Lord, have mercy             Lord, have mercy
Christ, have mercy          Christ, have mercy
Lord, have mercy             Lord, have mercy

Collect of the Liturgy of the Passion:
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

Old Testament Reading        Isaiah 50:4-9a
After the reading:     This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God

Epistle                            Philippians 2:5-11
After the reading:     This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God

Gospel:                           Mark 15:1-39
After the gospel is announced         Glory to Christ our Saviour
After the gospel is read                   Praise to Christ our Lord

Nicene Creed:
We believe in one God, the Father, the almighty,
maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father, God from God,
Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made,
of one substance with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven;
by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and was made human.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father,
who with the Father and the Son, is worshipped and glorified
and has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Intercessions prayer is offered for the world and its people, for those who suffer and those in need, for the Church and its members.

The Peace:
We meet in Christ’s name.      Let us share his peace. Peace be with you

Let us present our offerings to the Lord.
Yours, Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory,
the splendour, and the majesty:
for everything in heaven and on earth is yours.
All things come from you, and of your own we give you.

Eucharistic Prayer 3
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.

Worship and praise belong to you, maker of light and darkness.
Your wisdom draws beauty from chaos,
brings harvest out of sorrow and leads the exiles home.
In Christ your Son enemies are reconciled,
debts forgiven and strangers made welcome.
Your spirit frees us to live as sons and daughters in our Father’s house.
We who by Christ’s power follow the way of the Cross,
sharing the joy of his obedience, now offer you our praise,
with angels and archangels and the whole company of heaven,
singing the hymn of your unending glory.
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Glory and thanksgiving be to you, most loving Father,
for Christ in whom the world is reconciled.
Lifted on the cross, his suffering and forgiveness
spanned the gulf our sins had made.
Through that dark struggle death was swallowed up in victory,
that life and light may reign.
Before he was given up to suffering and death,
recalling Israel’s release, the night in which the sons of Egypt died,
your Chosen One, himself the First-Born, freely offered his life.
At supper with his disciples he took bread and offered you thanks.
He broke bread, and gave it to them saying:
“Take, eat. This is my Body: it is broken for you.”
After supper, he took the cup, he offered you thanks,
and gave it to them saying: “Drink this, all of you.
This is my Blood of the new covenant;
it is poured out for you, and for all, that sins may be forgiven.
Do this in remembrance of me.”
We now obey your Son’s command.
We recall his blessed passion and death,
his glorious resurrection and ascension;
and we look for the coming of his Kingdom.
Made one with him, we offer you these gifts
and with them ourselves, a single, holy, living sacrifice.

Hear us, most merciful Father, and send your Holy Spirit upon us
and upon this bread and this wine,
that, overshadowed by his life-giving power,
they may be the Body and Blood of your Son,
~and we may be kindled with the fire of your love
and renewed for the service of your Kingdom.
Help us, who are baptised into the fellowship of Christ’s Body
to live and work to your praise and glory;
may we grow together in unity and love
until at last, in your new creation, we enter into our heritage
 in the company of the Virgin Mary, the apostles and prophets,
and all our brothers and sisters living and departed.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord, with whom, and in whom,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory be to you,
Lord of all ages, world without end.

Breaking of the Bread:
The living bread is broken for the life of the world.
Lord, unite us in this sign

The Lord’s Prayer:
As our saviour has taught us, so we pray:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Do not bring us to the time of trial but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours,
now and for ever.  Amen

Communion Song:
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: grant us peace
Jesus, Lamb of God:                       have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins:         have mercy on us.
Jesus, redeemer of the world:         grant us peace.

Thanksgiving and sending out:
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is gracious.
And his mercy endures for ever.

Post Communion Prayer:
God our help and strength, you have satisfied our hunger with this eucharistic food. Strengthen our faith, that through the death and resurrection of your Son we may be led to salvation; for he is Lord, now and for ever. Amen

Christ crucified draw you to himself, to find in him a sure ground for faith, a firm support for hope, and the assurance of sins forgiven; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Amen

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord  
In the name of Christ. Amen.

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