Palm Sunday 5th April 2020
Peace that comes from knowing God
CMP 1072 In Christ alone
In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
this cornerstone, this solid ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all,
here in the love of Christ I stand.
In Christ alone – who took on flesh,
fullness of God in helpless Babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
scorned by the ones he came to save
till on that cross as Jesus died,
the wrath of God was satisfied,
for every sin on Him was laid;
here in the death of Christ I live.
There in the ground his body lay,
light of the world by darkness slain,
then, bursting forth in glorious day,
up from the grave He rose again!
And as he stands in victory
sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
for I am His and He is mine –
bought with the precious blood of Christ.
No guilt in life, no fear in death,
this is the power of Christ in me;
from life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man
can ever pluck me from His hand;
till He returns or calls me home,
here in the power of Christ I’ll stand!
Prayer of the Day
(inspired by Psalm 138)
Holy God, you are the God above and beyond all things! With trust, hope and humility in our hearts and minds, we gather to praise and worship you, the God who always hears and answers our prayers. God’s promises are trustworthy and honourable, and so with thankful hearts and minds, we praise and worship our God who understands and guides us.
Ever-loving and Faithful God, you are utterly to be trusted! God’s mercy and love does not discriminate between the rich and the poor, the powerful or the humble, but instead, God pours blessings and grace upon all people who respond to God’s gracious and generous acts of love and compassion.
Awesome God, we come in reverent wonder before our God! Every day and night, we have been blessed by the wonders of our God, whose ways are beyond our understanding, but whose mercy never fails; and whose gentle powers are shown through God’s unfailing kindness to people who are weak and in need of strength, encouragement and hope for the future.
Ever-present God, your faithful love endures for ever, and ever. We give thanks with all our hearts to our Listening and Faithful God. Amen.
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Welcome Worship Witness
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to teach them that they should always pray and never become discouraged.
Not finding the words to say when you pray?
Father we ask today for the gift of calmness, Keep us calm when were in trouble, Keep us calm to be able to sit quietly talking to you. Keep us calm if others around us are running around and not getting anywhere. Bring us to the end of this day, relaxed and calm.
This we ask in your name.
C - celebrate God
A - ask God for help
L - leave the problem with God
M - meditate on the good things.
May Christ calm you as He calmed the storm.
May Christ still you and keep you from harm.
May all the tumult within you cease,
May Christ enfold you in His peace.
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Some folk may find this resource helpful
Click here for Thy Kingdom Come Prayer Journal 2020
The Lord's Prayer
I came across a series of short prayers written by Ronald Rolheiser. They are based on the Lord’s Prayer. The theme is ‘A prayer for justice’ and each day I will post a phrase and a short prayer. Hope you all have a good day.
I got up early one morning, and rushed right into the day.
I had so much to accomplish, I didn’t have time to pray.
Trouble tumbled about me, and heavier came each task;
“Why doesn’t God help me?” I wondered.
He answered, “You didn’t ask.” ....
I woke up early this morning, and paused before entering the day.
I had so much to accomplish that I had to take time to pray.
“Help" is a prayer that is always answered. It doesn't matter how you pray - with your head bowed in silence, or crying out in grief, or dancing. Churches are good for prayer, but so are garages and cars and mountains and showers and dance floors. Years ago I wrote an essay that began, "Some people think that God is in the details, but I have come to believe that God is in the bathroom.”
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
If I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,
Even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
You may like to share this prayer with someone you know
The Lord bless you
and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.
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