Teaching in the parish

Teaching in the parish

This blog is to share the teaching within the parish

We are a parish who worship in four churches whilst being one worshipping community. Those who teach and preach within the parish wish to share what we believe God is sharing with us as we journey into the local communities and those in the wider areas.


Sunday 08th April 2017Posted by Yvonne Callaghan Tue, April 18, 2017 23:05:12

The palms are blessed

We all hold up our palms while the prayer of blessing is said

God our Saviour,

whose Son Jesus entered Jerusalem to suffer and to die,

let these palms be for us signs of his victory;

and may we who hold them always hail him as our King,

and follow him in the way that leads to everlasting life. Amen.

Those at the top of the hill follow the donkey into church singing: We have a king who rides on a donkey

(tune Drunken Sailor)

We have a king who rides on a donkey

We have a king who rides on a donkey

We have a king who rides on a donkey

and his name is Jesus

Jesus the King is coming

Jesus the King is coming

Jesus the King is coming

Into his own city.

Arrival and welcome, for which we stand

Hosanna to the Son of David.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest

Shout Hosanna

Verses from Luke are read out.

Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher,
order your disciples to stop.’ He answered,
‘I tell you, If these were silent, the stones would shout out.’

Opening responses

Jesus is coming

Shout Hosanna

Jesus is riding on a donkey

Shout Hosanna

Open the gates

Shout Hosanna

Open the ancient doors

Shout Hosanna

Don’t be afraid

Shout Hosanna

Wave the branches

Shout Hosanna

Spread your coats

Shout Hosanna

Peace in Heaven

Shout Hosanna

Glory in the Highest Heaven

Shout Hosanna

The Lord be with you

And also with you.

As the donkey walks in to church we sing

We have a king who rides on a donkey

We have a king who rides on a donkey

We have a king who rides on a donkey

We have a king who rides on a donkey

and his name is Jesus

Jesus the King is coming

Jesus the King is coming

Jesus the King is coming

Into his own city.

Welcome to the city - 1st Narration

Lord Jesus

If only you would come to our city

like you did to Jerusalem
We’ve got some great hymns and songs to sing to welcome you with.
We’d wave our scarves and dance.
You would get a real red-carpet welcome,
Five star treatment no less.
There would be a real religious revival
It would be wonderful
If only you would come here
Come to our country, our parish, our Church
To rescue us.
But in case you do,
Just a tiny word of advice,
If I may be so bold.
Stick to religion, but be careful.
Don’t interfere with politics, or economics, buildings, liturgy, hymns, rotas or anything like
that and don’t make any unpopular changes in the way we worship.
Save us from what might happen in the next life,
but leave us to go on in our own way
The way we are used to in this life.
If you get it wrong for us
Who knows what may have to happen?

Song: Make Way, Make Way

Make way make way for Christ the King
In splendour arrives, fling wide the gates

and welcome Him into your lives


Make way (MEN - WOMEN ECHO)
Make way (MEN - WOMEN ECHO)
For the King of kings (MEN - WOMEN ECHO)
Make way (MEN - WOMEN ECHO)
Make way ((MEN - WOMEN ECHO)
And let His kingdom in (ALL)

He comes the broken hearts to heal
The prisoners to free
The deaf shall hear the lame shall dance
The blind shall see

And those who mourn with heavy hearts
Who weep and sigh
With laughter joy and royal crown
He'll beautify

We call you now to worship Him
As Lord of all
To have no gods before Him
Their thrones must fall

The Collect of the day

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.

Hymn: Jesus name above all names

Jesus name above all names

Beautiful Saviour glorious Lord

Emmanuel God is with us

Blessed Redeemer living Word

Jesus loving Shepherd

Vine of the branches, Son of God

Prince of Peace Wonderful Counsellor,

Lord of the universe Light of the world.

Jesus name above all names

Beautiful Saviour glorious Lord

Emmanuel God is with us

Blessed Redeemer living Word

Jesus loving Shepherd

Vine of the branches, Son of God

Prince of Peace Wonderful Counsellor,

Lord of the universe Light of the world.

2nd Narration, Palm Sunday

Six lit candles in a circle.

In the centre of the candles is a palm cross.

Mark 11:1-11

As they approached Jerusalem, near the towns of Bethphage and Bethany, they came to the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of his disciples on ahead with these instructions: “Go to the village there ahead of you. As soon as you get there, you will find a colt tied up that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. And if someone asks you why you are doing that, say that the Master needs it and will send it back at once.” So they went and found a colt out in the street, tied to the door of a house. As they were untying it, some of the bystanders asked them, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” They answered just as Jesus had told them, and the crowd let them go. They brought the colt to Jesus, threw their cloaks over the animal, and Jesus got on. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches in the field and spread them on the road. The people who were in front and those who followed behind began to shout, “Praise God! God bless him who comes in the name of the Lord! God bless the coming kingdom of King David, our father! Praise be to God!” Jesus entered Jerusalem, went into the Temple, and looked around at everything. But since it was already late in the day, he went out to Bethany with the twelve disciples.


Why do we have six candles and this palm cross today?


Because this week is Holy Week, in six days it is Good Friday (PAUSE) and Easter is coming.

On this day we remember how all the people welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem by waving palm branches.

3rd Narration - Holy Monday

Five lit candles with a copy of The Lord’s Prayer

Mark 11:15-19

When they arrived in Jerusalem, Jesus went to the Temple and began to drive out all those who were buying and selling. He overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the stools of those who sold pigeons, and he would not let anyone carry anything through the Temple courtyards. He then taught the people: “It is written in the Scriptures that God said, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer for the people of all nations.’ But you have turned it into a hideout for thieves!” The chief priests and the teachers of the Law heard of this, so they began looking for some way to kill Jesus. They were afraid of him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching


Why do we have five candles and the Lord’s Prayer on the table for Holy Monday ?


Because this week is Holy Week, in five days it’s Good Friday (PAUSE)
and Easter is coming.

On this day we remember that Jesus threw the money changers out of the temple.
“My house shall be called a place of prayer.” He told them. This special prayer is for all
of us always.

4th Narration - Holy Tuesday

Four lit candles, with a bottle of perfume on the table, in the centre of the circle of candles.

Mark 14:3-9

Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon, a man who had suffered from a dreaded skin disease. While Jesus was eating, a woman came in with an alabaster jar full of a very expensive perfume made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on Jesus' head. Some of the people there became angry and said to one another, “What was the use of wasting the perfume? It could have been sold for more than three hundred silver coins and the money given to the poor!” And they criticised her harshly. But Jesus said, “Leave her alone! Why are you bothering her? She has done a fine and beautiful thing for me. You will always have poor people with you, and any time you want to, you can help them. But you will not always have me. She did what she could; she poured perfume on my body to prepare it ahead of time for burial. Now, I assure you that wherever the gospel is preached all over the world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”


Why do we have four candles and some perfume on the table on Holy Tuesday?


Because this week is Holy Week, in four days it is Good Friday (PAUSE)

and Easter is coming.

Today we remember the woman from Bethany who anointed Jesus’ head, who recognised that he was the King of Kings and would soon die.

5th Narration - Holy Wednesday

Three lit candles, with a purse filled with money

Mark 14:10-11

Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went off to the chief priests in order to betray Jesus to them. They were pleased to hear what he had to say, and promised to give him money. So Judas started looking for a good chance to hand Jesus over to them


Why do we have three candles
and this purse full of money on the table on Holy Wednesday?


Because this week is Holy Week,

in three days it is Good Friday

and Easter is coming.

Today we remember that Jesus was betrayed for money
and that Jesus wants us to give what we can to help those in the world who are poor.

We affirm our faith together

Do you believe and trust in God the Father,
source of all being and life,
the one for whom we exist?

We believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in God the Son,
who took our human nature,
died for us and rose again?

We believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit,
who gives life to the people of God
and makes Christ known in the world?

We believe and trust in him.

This is the faith of the Church.
This is our faith.
We believe and trust in one God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Song Servant King

From heaven you came helpless babe

Entered our world, your glory veiled

Not to be served but to serve

And give Your life that we might live


This is our God, The Servant King

He calls us now to follow Him

To bring our lives as a daily offering

Of worship to The Servant King

There in the garden of tears

My heavy load he chose to bear

His heart with sorrow was torn

'Yet not My will but Yours,' He said.


Come see His hands and His feet

The scars that speak of sacrifice

Hands that flung stars into space

To cruel nails surrendered


So let us learn how to serve

And in our lives enthrone Him

Each other's needs to prefer

For it is Christ we're serving


Graham Kendrick - Copyright © 1983 Thankyou Music

The Eucharistic Prayer:

The Lord is here.

His Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give thanks and praise.

Almighty God, good Father to us all,

your face is turned towards your world.

In love you gave us Jesus your Son

to rescue us from sin and death.

Your Word goes out to call us home

to the city where angels sing your praise.

We join with them in heaven's song:

Holy, holy, holy Lord

Holy, holy, holy Lord

God of power and might,

God of power and might,

Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes

Blessed is he who comes

in the name of the Lord most high

in the name of the Lord most high

Hosanna, Hosanna

Hosanna, Hosanna,

Hosanna in the highest.

Hosanna in the highest.

Father of all, we give you thanks

for every gift that comes from heaven.

To the darkness Jesus came as your light.

With signs of faith and words of hope

he touched untouchables with love

and washed the guilty clean.

This is his story

This is our song:

Hosanna in the highest.

6th Narration - Maundy Thursday -

Two lit candle and a bowl of warm water and a towel.

Mark 14: 22-26

While they were eating, Jesus took a piece of bread, gave a prayer of thanks, broke it, and gave it to his disciples. “Take it,” he said, “this is my body.”

Then he took a cup, gave thanks to God, and handed it to them; and they all drank from it. Jesus said, “This is my blood which is poured out for many, my blood which seals God's covenant. I tell you, I will never again drink this wine until the day I drink the new wine in the Kingdom of God.”

Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives.


Why do we have two candles, this towel and this water on the table today?


Because this week is Holy Week.

One candle is for Good Friday and one for Maundy Thursday, when we remember the last Passover meal that Jesus celebrated with his disciples.
Our communion service derives from this meal

Easter is coming.

The Eucharistic Prayer Continues

The crowds came out to see your Son,

yet at the end they turned on him.

On the night he was betrayed

he came to table with his friends

to celebrate the freedom of your people.

This is his story.

This is our song:

Hosanna in the highest.

07th Reflection

Reflection of Simon Peter. -

What a day it was,

A day I shall never forget,

The voices raised in jubilation, the arms outstretched in welcome,

The crowds lining the streets,

Waving their palm branches, hurling down their cloaks, welcoming their king

The Son of David,

The one who came in the name of the Lord.

We believed that at long last the waiting was over,

The Messiah finally come

Come to set us free..

We believed that after all his talk of suffering and death

We dared to hope that he had got it wrong.

And for a moment as I watched him I wondered if he felt the same.

The way he responds to the cheers,

Laughter playing on his lips,

A smile on his face, a twinkle in his eyes

He was enjoying himself, I’m sure of that

Determined to savour the moment.

Then I noticed it,

As we drew near to Jerusalem,

A tear.

A tear in the corner of his eye

So unexpected.

Not a tear of joy, but of sorrow

Tricking slowly down his face,

Silent testimony to his pain.

He wasn’t fooled by it all,

Not like the rest of us

He knew what they wanted,

He knew how they would change.

He knew they would offer the cross if he rejected their crown.

But still he continued,

Resolute to the end;

That’s the extraordinary thing.

It was a day to remember,

A day on which they welcomed their king.

But none imagined, least of all I,

That the crown would be made of thorns,

And the throne reached by the way of a cross.

Lord Jesus Christ,

We are reminded of how you entered Jerusalem

to shouts of joy and celebration.

We remember also how quickly that welcome evaporated

How soon the mood of the crowd changed.

Lord Jesus Christ,

We know all too well that we are not so different,

Our commitment to you so often short lived,

Superficial, self centred.

Help us to welcome you into our lives with true gladness and to go on serving you

Come what may, now and always. Amen.

08th Narration Good Friday

One red candle is lit and then blown out. A wooden cross is placed on the table,
the palm cross is placed upon it.

Mark 15:21-39

On the way they met a man named Simon, who was coming into the city from the country, and the soldiers forced him to carry Jesus' cross. (Simon was from Cyrene and was the father of Alexander and Rufus.) They took Jesus to a place called Golgotha, which means “The Place of the Skull.” There they tried to give him wine mixed with a drug called myrrh, but Jesus would not drink it. Then they crucified him and divided his clothes among themselves, throwing dice to see who would get which piece of clothing. It was nine o'clock in the morning when they crucified him. The notice of the accusation against him said: “The King of the Jews.” They also crucified two bandits with Jesus, one on his right and the other on his left. People passing by shook their heads and hurled insults at Jesus: “Aha! You were going to tear down the Temple and build it back up in three days! Now come down from the cross and save yourself!”


Why do we blow out the candle for Good Friday?


Because this week is Holy Week,

Good Friday.

This is the day that we remember that Jesus died and went home to God.

The Eucharistic Prayer continues

Jesus blessed you, Father, for the food;

he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and said:

This is my body, given for you all.

Jesus then gave thanks for the wine;

he took the cup, gave it and said:

This is my blood, shed for you all

for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this in remembrance of me.

This is our story.

This is our song:

Hosanna in the highest.

09th Reflection This Time

This time,

There will be no flight into Egypt.

This donkey has too much to carry, too far.

The shadows wait for me

Around the table at Passover,

Among those in high places,

In the condemned cell,

On the hill outside.

Fear haunts my waking moments

and I cannot sleep.

Why had God forsaken me?

The crowd today is with me,

But not for long.

They are the powerless ones,

The ones who matter.

The ones who count are counting.

Time is running out.

This time there will be no flight into Egypt.

10th Narration - Holy Saturday

Mark 15:42-47

It was toward evening when Joseph of Arimathea arrived. He was a respected member of the Council, who was waiting for the coming of the Kingdom of God. It was Preparation day (that is, the day before the Sabbath), so Joseph went boldly into the presence of Pilate and asked him for the body of Jesus. Pilate was surprised to hear that Jesus was already dead. He called the army officer and asked him if Jesus had been dead a long time. After hearing the officer's report, Pilate told Joseph he could have the body. Joseph bought a linen sheet, took the body down, wrapped it in the sheet, and placed it in a tomb which had been dug out of solid rock. Then he rolled a large stone across the entrance to the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph were watching and saw where the body of Jesus was placed.


Why do we have seven candles

A stone, Soil, Some spring plants and Easter eggs


We will build an Easter Garden with a cave, spring flowers and a stone
that can be rolled away on Easter day.

(all who wish build an Easter Garden)

The Eucharistic Prayer continues

Therefore, Father, with this bread and this cup

we celebrate the cross

on which he died to set us free.

Defying death he rose again

and is alive with you to plead for us and all the world.

This is our story.

This is our song:

Hosanna in the highest.

Send your Spirit on us now

that by these gifts we may feed on Christ

with opened eyes and hearts on fire.

May we and all who share this food

offer ourselves to live for you

and be welcomed at your feast in heaven

where all creation worships you,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit:

Blessing and honour and glory and power.

be yours for ever and ever. Amen

The Lord’s Prayer

Jesus taught us to call God our Father, so in faith and trust we pray:

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours

now and for ever. Amen.

Post Communion

Lord Jesus Christ,

you humbled yourself

in taking the form of a servant,

and in obedience died on the cross

for our salvation:

give us the mind to follow you

and to proclaim you as Lord and King,

to the glory of God the Father.

Ride on ride on in majesty

Ride on, ride on in majesty!

Hear all the tribes hosanna cry;

The humble beast pursues his road

with palms and scattered garments strowed.

Ride on, ride on in majesty!

In lowly pomp ride on to die.

O Christ, your triumphs now begin

o’er captive death and conquered sin.

Ride on, ride on in majesty!

The hosts of angels in the sky

look down with sad and wondering eyes

to see the 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 your meek head to mortal pain;

then take, O Christ, your power and reign.

11th Reflection - Easter Day

John 20:11-18

Mary stood crying outside the tomb. While she was still crying, she bent over and looked in the tomb and saw two angels there dressed in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head and the other at the feet. “Woman, why are you crying?” they asked her. She answered, “They have taken my Lord away, and I do not know where they have put him!”

Then she turned around and saw Jesus standing there; but she did not know that it was Jesus. “Woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who is it that you are looking for?” She thought he was the gardener, so she said to him, “If you took him away, sir, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned toward him and said in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” (This means “Teacher.”) “Do not hold on to me,” Jesus told her, “because I have not yet gone back up to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them that I am returning to him who is my Father and their Father, my God and their God.” So Mary Magdalene went and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord and related to them what he had told her.


When the garden is built

it will be an Easter Day Celebration

the last day of Holy Week

as the stone is rolled away.

Easter day is a celebration,

it is the last day of Holy Week.

Easter Day is when we remember that Jesus rose from the dead
and showed us the new life God offers to all of us.
Not just when we die, but through the difficult bits of living now.

Final blessing

O Christ you entered the city as a poor man

not in style but simply,

yet still you caused uproar

and questions everywhere:

you drew the expectations of a hungry crowd,

and brought buried conflicts to light.

May we, who are sometimes swayed

by the crowd through our need of approval,

who often avoid conflict for fear of its cost to us,

or being seen as less than we would like.

Hold fast to your gospel of peace and justice

and follow wilfully in your way

bringing your kingdom here in our parish

now and in the future

whatever the cost.

Sending out

Now go in trust and in love to serve the Lord

In the name of Christ


Resources used with kind permission of Wild Goose Publications

Ruth Burgess and Christ Polhill

John L Bell and Graham Maule

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