9th April 2017: Today our worship was led by Mr. Michael Hawksworth. Our opening Palm Sunday liturgy was read by Eddie Scowcroft and his sister Annie presented the palm branch. It s always good to hear young voices in Church.
We then sang verse 1 of Hymn 265: "Ride on ride on in majesty"
Following the opening prayers we sang Hymn 262: "All glory laud and honour."
Prayers and the singing of the Lord's prayer followed.
Mr. Hawksworth invited the children to to come and sit with him at the front whilst he talked about the first Palm Sunday, and the important role of the donkey. The Harwood churches plan to join in a procession, lead by a donkey, to witness to the first Palm Sunday.
Doris Partington then read Psalm 118 vs 1-2 and 19-29. Matthew 21 vs 1-11 was read by Glen Atkinson.
Luke 19 v 41. "He came closer to the city and when He saw it He wept over it."
Palm Sunday is usually thought of as a joyful occasion, but it is really a time of mixed emotions, both joy and sorrow. The crowds greeted Jesus along the way into Jerusalem, waving their celebratory palm branches. However, He knew what awaited Him and He had planned the ride into Jerusalem carefully. The donkey a symbol of humility and peace, whilst the crowd is joyful.
"Hosannas" meant "Save us now", meaning to be the fullfillment of Zechariah's prophecy, in Zechariah Chap 9 vs 9-10.
As Jesus approached the city He wept at the people's folly in rejecting Him, and also for the religious leaders who would set up the mock trial leading to His crucifixion.
He now weeps with, and for us in our time of need, but we must follow His ways of love and caring for the needy of our world.
Hymn 341 "All for Jesus," was followed by prayers of Intersession, and the service ended with Hymn 287 "When I survey the wondrous cross," and the Benediction.
Kindly written by Mrs. Ruth Parker