Socially Distant

SUNDAY WORSHIP

We might be distant from each other physically, but we needn't be spiritually - and we certainly need not be distant from God...

Welcome to Sunday Worship!

SUNDAY 5 APRIL

Palm Sunday

Welcome & Introduction

THEME: OUT OF CONTROL?

Led by Revd Bryn Rickards

Last week we were thinking about the Good Shepherd - and Junior Church were set the challenge of making a sheep. Well done Sophia and Narek for making these awesome sheep!

Reading (Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29)

00:00 / 01:52

Read by Sarah Thompson

Praise Time

Traditional Praise

For those who would prefer more...

Prayer

00:00 / 01:55

Our Lent Table

Throughout Lent, we've started worship by bringing in two objects (the latter two weeks being a 'virtual' bringing in!). The objects symbolise the story or prophecy that we were considering in the Old Testament and its connection with the life of Jesus as the Messiah - reassuring us that Help's On The Way!

Today, as we celebrate the arrival of our king, watch the video below - a recap of the Lent Table (with apologies for the shaky camera work!)...

Reading

So, let's hear and read now of how this long-awaited messiah king arrived in Jerusalem...

00:00 / 03:03

Read by Sarah Thompson

MATTHEW 21:1-17

Good News Translation

As Jesus and his disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to Bethphage at the Mount of Olives. There Jesus sent two of the disciples on ahead with these instructions: “Go to the village there ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied up with her colt beside her. Untie them and bring them to me. And if anyone says anything, tell him, ‘The Master needs them’; and then he will let them go at once.”

 

This happened in order to make come true what the prophet had said:

 

“Tell the city of Zion,

    Look, your king is coming to you!

He is humble and rides on a donkey

    and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

 

So the disciples went and did what Jesus had told them to do: they brought the donkey and the colt, threw their cloaks over them, and Jesus got on. A large crowd of people spread their cloaks on the road while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds walking in front of Jesus and those walking behind began to shout, “Praise to David's Son! God bless him who comes in the name of the Lord! Praise be to God!”

 

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was thrown into an uproar. “Who is he?” the people asked.

 

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

 

Jesus went into the Temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the stools of those who sold pigeons, and said to them, “It is written in the Scriptures that God said, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer.’ But you are making it a hideout for thieves!”

 

The blind and the crippled came to him in the Temple, and he healed them. The chief priests and the teachers of the Law became angry when they saw the wonderful things he was doing and the children shouting in the Temple, “Praise to David's Son!” So they asked Jesus, “Do you hear what they are saying?”

 

“Indeed I do,” answered Jesus. “Haven't you ever read this scripture? ‘You have trained children and babies to offer perfect praise.’”

 

Jesus left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night.

Palm Sunday Voices...

Step with me into the imagined stories of two people who witnessed the events of Palm Sunday and Holy Week...

A Man in the Crowd

00:00 / 02:21

A Teacher in the Courts

00:00 / 02:21

Message: Out of Control?

00:00 / 11:14

Hymn

Robert asked for this Graham Kendrick hymn. I didn't know it but I thought that the words seemed to resonate with what we've been thinking about today and lead us nicely into our prayers of intercession...

Through days of rage and wonder

We pursue the end of time,

To seize the day eternal,

The reign of love divine.

Fixing our eyes on Jesus,

We will press on day by day.

This world's vain passing pleasures

Are not our destiny.

 

Our ancient rites of passage

Still are the bread and wine:

Our hope a cross that towers

Over the wrecks of time.

 

Through days of rage and wonder,

By the awesome power of prayer

God will shake every nation,

Secrets will be laid bare.

And if his light increasing

Casts deeper shadows here,

Safe in his holy presence,

Love will cast out our fear.

 

Through days of rage and wonder,

You will give us strength to stand

And seek a heavenly city

Not built by human hands.

Now is the only moment

Within our power to change:

To give back in obedience

While life and breath remain.

Graham Kendrick, (c) 1998 Make Way Music

Prayers of Intercession

Offered by Claire Coster

00:00 / 05:20

Lord's Prayer & Offertory

At this point you might like to pray 'Our Father...', the prayer Jesus taught his followers, in the version or language that is most familiar to you.

Then take a moment to pray and offer your life and your gifts - human and financial - to the service of God.

Song

Final Words & Blessing

00:00 / 01:53

This Week

MAUNDY THURSDAY - Reflective Service with Communion - 'starts' at 7:30pm

EASTER SUNDAY ALL AGE WORSHIP - Socially Distant Sunday Worship - starts at 10am with Thine Be the Glory (in your garden if you wish!) with LIVE COMMUNION at 10:45am.

Post Service Chat

Which part of today's service spoke to you?

Is there a thought or insight on this topic that you'd like to share with others?

 

But before you get started, just one plea: let's keep this positive; no negative comments or criticism, please!

 

So, grab a tea or coffee and let's chat together...

CONTACTS

 

MINISTER: Revd Bryn Rickards

T: 01473 829197

M: 07510 311900

E: minister@hadleighurc.org.uk

CHURCH SECRETARY: Nigel Crisp

T: 01473 822208

E: secretary@hadleighurc.org.uk

ROOM BOOKINGS: Ric Lambert

M: 07579 044131

E: admin@hadleighurc.org.uk

 

WEB: Tom Gordon

E: tom.gordon@hadleighurc.org.uk

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Market Place,

Hadleigh,

Suffolk.

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Hadleigh Suffolk United Reformed Church

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