Worship Sunday 5/4/2020

“O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures for ever!”
Psalm 118:1

Introductory music


“O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures for ever!”

Psalm 118:1

Welcome to our time of worship for Palm Sunday. Thank you for joining us.

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We have put together a short time of worship, as you scroll down this page, please watch the videos, and read the text and prayers.

We will start in prayer, using word from the hymn “Be Still for the presence of the Lord:”

Be still for the presence of the Lord,
The Holy One is here
Come bow before Him now,
With reverence and fear
In Him no sin is found
We stand on holy ground
Be still for the presence of the Lord,
The Holy One is here

Bible Reading

You can listen to our Bible reading, or read the text below.

Matthew 21 vs1-11

As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, 

Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”

This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

 “Say to Daughter Zion,  ‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”

 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 

They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on.

A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 

The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

“Hosanna to the Son of David!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”

The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”


by Rev. Anita Kerr

This reflection has subtitles, which you can switch on / off. On a computer you may have a option “CC” to choose subtitles in English. On phone or tablet, you may need to choose subtitles from a settings menu.


“In Christ Alone” written by Stuart Townend and performed by Aled Jones and Russell Watson, from BBC Songs of Praise.


Let us pray together,

Lord we come into your presence in these times of uncertainty and change, thankful that you O God do not change, and that your love endures forever.

We pray for the world which you gave us to care for, every bird in sky and creature in the sea;  for the climate we have drastically changed from what you intended; for wildlife, livestock and pets we care for and protect. 

We pray for the farmers as they prepare the land for the summer crops, for sun and rain and hands to harvest them; we remember the farms battling against the swarms of locust in Africa.

We pray for all who are still working in shops and in the public sector, collecting our bins, delivering our oil, in the corner shop and the supermarket. We pray for Pharmacists who provide our prescriptions and all working in Research Laboratories to bring us test kits for the virus.

We pray for all in isolation, alone or with families. We pray for an appreciation of each other’s need for space, to speak and be silent. May we be tolerant of each other’s sensitivities and frustrations.

Lord help us when we worry about our finances, our employment, our pensions, our futures- for the day to day food shop and finding what we need.  Forgive us Lord when we forget how difficult this is for everyone.

We pray for all who have contracted the Coronavirus and for all who care for them. Giving thanks for the courage and selfless commitment of all who go to work in healthcare. Keep them safe Lord and keep them well.

We pray for all whose life on earth is coming to a close and for all who mourn. Comfort them Lord, reminding them that unspoken words and unfinished conversations can be resolved in you.

Since if we be all in you, we cannot be far from one another, though some may be in heaven and some upon earth” George Macdonald “Walking with Grief”

In a moment’s silence we pray for ourselves and those whom we love.

Giving thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love endures forever.


Let us say together the words of the Lord’s Prayer

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 debts
as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,


Our final hymn is “Be Thou My Vision”, the words will appear on the screen as the video plays.


We normally say the words of the Grace to each other. We say them now to whoever is with us, and to everyone we have thought about during this time of worship.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, now and evermore. Amen.

Final music

“How Great Thou Art” played on our church organ.

Please share this with anyone you think will find it helpful at this time, and join us again next week.

With thanks to Rev. Anita Kerr, Stewart Kerr, Ed Muirhead, Bill Maclean, Hazel and Ramanee Bengough