Service for Palm Sunday 5th April 2020

Opening Scripture

Psalm 138 (NIV)

Of David.

I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;
    before the “gods” I will sing your praise.
I will bow down toward your holy temple
    and will praise your name
    for your unfailing love and your faithfulness,
for you have so exalted your solemn decree
    that it surpasses your fame.
When I called, you answered me;
    you greatly emboldened me.

May all the kings of the earth praise you, Lord,
    when they hear what you have decreed.
May they sing of the ways of the Lord,
    for the glory of the Lord is great.

Though the Lord is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly;
    though lofty, he sees them from afar.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
    you preserve my life.
You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes;
    with your right hand you save me.
The Lord will vindicate me;
    your love, Lord, endures forever
    do not abandon the works of your hands.

When all around is fading, and nothing seems to last,
When each day is filled with sorrow,
Still I know with all my heart:

He’s got the whole world in His hands
He’s got the whole world in His hands
I’ll fear no evil, for you are with me,
Strong to deliver, mighty to save.
He’s got the whole world in His hands.

When I walk through the fire, I will not be burned.
When the waves come crashing round me, still I know with all my heart:

Author: Tim Hughes

CCL: 3884

In every circumstance of life
You are with me glorious Father.
And I have put my trust in You
That I may know the glorious hope to which I’m called.
And by the power that works in me,
You’ve raised me up and set me free;
And now in every circumstance I’ll prove your love without a doubt
Your joy shall be my strength
Your joy shall be my strength

Author: David Fellingham

CCL: 3884

Ideas for Prayer

As we continue to give thanks for the blessing of our health services and the workers who will be under great pressure during the weeks ahead.  Let us also remember those countries in the world which will be receiving external help during this period.  Below are countries which will be receiving financial aid from the world bank in the times ahead.  Let’s hold those countries and their health workers before God this morning and their people as a whole.

Countries Funded by the COVID-19 Emergency Response Projects Funded by the World Bank

Afghanistan Haiti Sao Tome e Principe
Argentina India Senegal
Cabo Verde Kenya Sierra Leone
Cambodia Kyrgyz Republic Sri Lanka
Dem. Rep. of Congo Maldives Tajikistan
Djibouti Mauritania The Gambia
Ecuador Mongolia Yemen
Ethiopia Pakistan
Ghana Paraguay

Data from:

Let’s also remember our friend Alex in Uganda at this time.

Reading (Matthew 21:1-11) and Sermon


by Eric Liljero / Jonas Myrin / Reuben Morgan / Edward Mote / William Batchelder Bradbury

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly trust is Jesus’ name

Christ alone, Cornerstone
Weak made strong in the Savior’s love
Through the storm
He is Lord
Lord of all

When darkness seems to hide His face
I rest on His unchanging grace
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil
My anchor holds within the veil

When he shall come with trumpet sound
Oh, may I then in Him be found
Dressed in His righteousness alone
Faultless, stand before the throne

Authors: Eric Liljero / Jonas Myrin / Reuben Morgan / Edward Mote / William Batchelder Bradbury

Copyright: Capitol Christian Music Group

CCL: 3884

Blessing (2 Corinthians 13:14 NIV)

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”