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Worship Sheet for Sunday 28 March – Road to glory

Here we are at Palm Sunday but with no palm branches, no gathering to sing our familiar hymns. Perhaps this year we can take to heart that hope of better to come while still being in the midst of trouble. Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on the donkey signalled his coming in glory, but his road to glory was to take him first to suffering and the cross. We live in an in between time – hope of glory yes, but still in midst of suffering. Jeremiah’s people were really up against it. Life was really tough but he offered them the hope of a new system, a new agreement with God, based not on rules and sacrifices but on love “written on their hearts.” Much later Jesus was to proclaim by his words and in his life that HE was the key to that new system.
Call: Ride on ride on in majesty in lowly pomp ride on to die. Lord Jesus, on that first Palm Sunday you signalled that you were the Lord of Glory yet you came in love to suffer and to die. Show us what it means for us to live “on the road to glory” yet in the midst of suffering. As we come to worship bring together glory and suffering and help us to live to please our Saviour King who went to the cross.

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Listen to the 1st Prayer

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Pray :
Lord, you were misunderstood back then, you are misunderstood today – as people try to make you into the sort of mighty power they want you to be, sometimes that WE want you to be. Remind us that you are prepared to overturn our misconceptions – might and force are not your traits, service, suffering and self-giving are. Thank you that you did not come to lord it over people or sought to force people to accept you. Rather to came in humility to suffer and to die – and that it was on the cross that you showed us the depth of your love, forgiving your oppressors, forgiving us. Accept us as we are, forgive us and make us what you would have us be that we might be agents of your love and reconciliation to a world in need, for the sake of your Son who taught us to pray together saying: Our Father…

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Mark 11:1-11 Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.
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Thought- Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem was a day of celebration and of hope for Jesus’ followers. It was as close as he had come to claiming to be the Christ, the Messiah. It was quite a bold move. Yet, if the crowds had hoped that he would assert a claim to power and lead a rebellion to oust the Romans they were to be disappointed. He deliberately chose to ride on a donkey rather than a war horse signalling in fulfilment of prophecy that he was a king coming in glory yes, but in peace. As the events of that first holy week unfolded those who’d hoped for him to exert power and might became disenchanted – an iron fist is what they expected, this peaceful, loving approach they rejected as weakness – and I assume many saw his crucifixion as a total defeat – an opportunity wasted. I’ve said many times before that God’s way of working is often topsy turvy by our standards – his power is made perfect in weakness. Indeed, meekness is not weakness. Jesus was on the road to glory – but his seat of glory was not a man made throne but the cross of suffering – a cross that was to make him the Savioiur of the world. We too are on the road to glory if we trust and follow Jesus. Ultimately, that will lead to heaven – but we’re not there yet and our journey of faith will almost certainly not be plain sailing; our way won’t be smoothed by power and might, we will be misunderstood, perhaps rejected, we may even suffer – but that is part and parcel of our journey of faith – and we won’t journey alone – we walk with one another, with all those who share our faith, and we walk with Jesus who promised that he would be with us always. The road to glory will rarely be measured by “success” in worldly terms but if we are faithful in journeying with Jesus, no matter now difficult the way, it will be truly our road to glory.


Praise: Hymn CH4 365 Ride on, ride on in majesty v 1,2 & 5.
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Pray: Lord, help us to choose the best way rather than the easy way, to emulate your journey of faithfulness, love and self-giving and to spend ourselves for the sake of others and ultimately for your kingdom. Help us to be practical and to implement our good intentions so that our faith might be earthed in the community and in the world. As we begin to see some signs of opening up give us patience and perseverance; help us to think first about those who are most vulnerable – not just in the covid sense but in the whole of life. As we look ahead help us to work towards a new normality that will lead to a more just world, more consideration among peoples and a readiness to serve. Bless all in need of your loving touch. In our prayer walk we remember those who live or use the North End of Trail Drive inc Coastguard, Golf Clubs and Courses and Roo's Leap. SILENCE

Lord hear our prayers spoken and unspoken and answer them for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Blessing - May the Lord bless you. Amen.