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Hymn: Ride on, ride on in majesty!

sung by St. Michael's Singers  - The Hymn Makers: There is a Green Hill Far Away

 

Ride on, ride on in majesty!
Hark! all the tribes hosanna cry;
O Saviour meek, pursue thy road
with palms and scattered garments strowed.

 

Ride on, ride on in majesty!
In lowly pomp ride on to die:
O Christ, thy triumphs now begin
o'er captive death and conquered sin.

 

Ride on, ride on in majesty!
The angel armies of the sky
look down with sad and wond'ring eyes
to see th'approaching sacrifice.

 

Ride on, ride on in majesty!
Thy last and fiercest strife is nigh;
the Father on his sapphire throne
awaits his own anointed Son.

 

Ride on, ride on in majesty!
In lowly pomp ride on to die;
bow thy meek head to mortal pain,
then take, O God, thy pow'r and reign.

We Gather to Worship God

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father 

and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you. 

        and also with you    

 

 

Dear friends in Christ, during Lent we have been preparing for the celebration of Christ’s death and resurrection. Today we come together to begin this solemn celebration in union with the church throughout the world. Christ entered Jerusalem this day in triumph, a triumph that led through suffering and death to resurrection and new life. Let us go with him in faith and love, so that, united with him in his sufferings, we may share his risen life. All the people gathered to welcome Jesus, their king, into Jerusalem

riding on a donkey.

 

And so I ask, as we gather this morning, will you welcome Jesus who comes among us?

        We will.

The people hold up their palms and say

 

        Jesus, we welcome you into the midst of us today.

        Let these palms be for us signs of your victory; 

        and grant that we who bear them in your name 

        may for ever honour you as our King in all we do and say, 

        and follow you in the way that leads to eternal life. 

    

        Jesus came among us. He was one of us.

       Christ came to show us the way.

        Jesus Christ is the light of the world

 

 

Hymn: Rejoice, the Lord is King

sung by St. Michael's Singers  - The Hymn Makers: Charles Wesley (Love Divine)

        Rejoice, the Lord is King,
        Your Lord and King adore;
        Mortals, give thanks and sing
        And triumph evermore:

        Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
        Rejoice, again I say, rejoice.

        Jesus, the Saviour reigns,  

        The God of truth and love:

        When He had purged our stains  

        He took His seat above:

        Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;  

        Rejoice, again I say, rejoice.

        His kingdom cannot fail;
        He rules o’er earth and heav’n;
        The keys of death and hell
        Are to our Jesus giv’n:

        Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;  

        Rejoice, again I say, rejoice.

        He sits at God’s right hand
        Till all His foes submit,
        And bow to His command,
        And fall beneath His feet:

        Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;  

        Rejoice, again I say, rejoice.

 

We say sorry to God

 

Let us think for a moment about the way we have lived our lives in the past few days, remembering as we do that God loves us and wants to forgive the times when we forget his teaching and have failed to love others.

 

As we watch the gates open for Jesus' triumphant entry,

let us open the gates of our own hearts

that we may confess, with all honesty,

the sin that resides within.

 

        Triumphant God,

        we join the crowd today, cheering your entry into our lives.

        But how quickly we turn from shouts of joy to taunts of hatred.

        Instead of greeting you when the going gets tough,

        we choose to greet you only when it is convenient for us.

        In the moments when tough choices have to be made,

        we build walls to keep people out

        instead of bigger tables to invite more guests.

        We, the builders of these walls,

        have rejected you, the chief cornerstone.

        Give us courage to build tables instead of walls.

        Give us strength to accept your call upon our lives.

        Give us righteousness that we might know the difference

        between what is easy and what is right.  Amen.

 

     

Friends, 

God's steadfast love endures forever.

There is no wall high or thick enough

to separate us from the love of God.

Jesus marched into Jerusalem to save us

and save us, he will!

In the name of Jesus Christ, our sins have been forgiven.  

        Amen.

 

Collect

True and humble king,

hailed by the crowd as Messiah:

grant us the faith to know you and love you,

that we may be found beside you

on the way of the cross,

which is the path of glory.    

        Amen.

 

We hear God's word:

The Lord be with you

        And also with you

 

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

        Glory to you, O Lord.

 

At the end, the reader says

 

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

        Praise to you, O Christ.

Talk

 

We profess our faith

        I believe in God the Father,

        from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.

 

        I believe in God the Son,

        who lives in our hearts through faith, and fills us with his love.

 

        I believe in God the Holy Spirit,

        who strengthens us with power from on high.

    

        I believe in one God;

        Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.        

 

Hymn: My Song is Love Unknown

sung by St. Michael's Singers  - The Hymn Makers: There is a Green Hill Far Away

 

        My song is love unknown,
        My Saviour's love to me;
        Love to the loveless shown,
        That they might lovely be.
        O who am I,
        That for my sake
        My Lord should take
        Frail flesh, and die?

        He came from His blest throne
        Salvation to bestow;
        But men made strange, and none
        The longed-for Christ would know:
        But oh, my Friend,
        My Friend indeed,
        Who at my need
        His life did spend.

        Sometimes they strew His way,
        And His sweet praises sing;
        Resounding all the day
        Hosannas to their King:
        Then "Crucify!"
        Is all their breath,
        And for His death
        They thirst and cry.

        They rise and needs will have
        My dear Lord made away;
        A murderer they save,
        The Prince of life they slay.
        Yet cheerful He
        To suffering goes,
        That He His foes
        From thence might free.

        In life, no house, no home
        My Lord on earth might have;
        In death, no friendly tomb,
        But what a stranger gave.
        What may I say?
 
        Heav’n was His home;
        But mine the tomb
        Wherein He lay.

        Here might I stay and sing,
        No story so divine;
        Never was love, dear King,
        Never was grief like Thine.
        This is my Friend,
        In whose sweet praise
        I all my days
        Could gladly spend.

We say our prayers

 

Lord, we pray 

for those who have not seen you enter the gates of their lives:

those who have turned you away,

those who have been too busy to look,

those who have been hurt by others and are afraid to trust,

those who have been given a distorted view of you.

Open their eyes, O King of kings,

for you are the ‘one before all things’.

Lord, in your mercy

        hear our prayer

 

We finish our prayers by saying together the prayer Jesus taught us

        Father, who art in heaven,

        hallowed be Thy name.

        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.

 

We share the sign of peace

 

Christ came and proclaimed the gospel,

peace to those who are far off

and peace to those who are near.

Let us then pursue all that makes for peace

and builds up our common life.

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you

        and also with you.                         

 

Let us offer one another a sign of God's peace.

 

 

We receive God's blessing 

 

The Lord be with you

        And also with you.

This Holy Week 

will you walk carefully around the exquisite sawdust carpets, 

- experiencing their beauty from afar, 

not getting involved in the procession. 

The passion of our Lord. 

 

Or will you be a carpet maker or float carrier 

and get totally absorbed in the beauty and emotion 

of waking in the procession with our Lord. 

May you be drawn together, with all the church,

into one great company of disciples,

together following our Lord Jesus Christ

into every walk of life,

together serving him in his mission to the world,

and together witnessing to his love.

 

And the blessing of God almighty, 

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.

        Amen.

 

Hymn: Lift High the Cross

sung by The Choir of Norwich Cathedral & Neil Taylor

 

        Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
        till all the world adores his sacred name.

        Come let they follow where our our captain trod,
        our King victorious, Christ the Son of God.

        Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim

        till all the world adores his sacred name.

        Let every race and every language tell

        of him who saves our souls from death and hell.

        Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim

        till all the world adores his sacred name.

        From farthest regions let them homage bring

        and on his cross adore their Saviour King.

        Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim

        till all the world adores his sacred name.

        Set up thy throne, that earth’s despair may cease

        beneath the shadow of its healing peace.

        Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim

        till all the world adores his sacred name.

        For thy blest cross which doth for all atone
        creation’s praises rise before thy throne:
        Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
        till all the world adores his sacred name.


 

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

        In the name of Christ. Amen.

The Dassett Magna Prayer

Come, Holy Spirit:

fill the hearts of your faithful people

and kindle in us the fire of your love.

Strengthen your church here in Dassett Magna:

deepen our faith

and pour out your love, through us,

on our communities.

We ask these things in Jesus' name.

Amen.

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