Sunday 28th March - Palm Sunday

Whitewater Benefice


Palm SundayWelcome to our online worship on Sunday 28th March, this Sunday is Palm Sunday. Palm crosses will be available outside St John’s in a basket from early on Sunday morning – anyone can collect theirs at some point during the day

There will be a live worship service using zoom at 10am, which will be open 15 mins beforehand for technical sound checks & notices.  For any children we have weekly activities which follow the same theme and are used for junior church and for children joining the Zoom Meeting - click here for activity sheets for this week.

Palm crosses will be available for collection from St John's after the Zoom, or for those attending the services in church.

10am Worship via Zoom
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 852 1762 0782 & Passcode: 212121
Junior Church
11:00am to 11:30am for 3 to 8yrs and
11:30am to 12:00 for 9-14yrs each Sunday (except the first Sunday in the month).

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 945 8193 7074 & Passcode:760169

If you are unable to join the Zoom Meeting using the link, you can phone in on 0203 051 2874  and use the appropriate meeting ID & passcode


Welcome To Worship

Welcome to our online worship - for those who would like to read through a service in their own time, we are providing a shortened service for you to follow, with the readings and a recording of the talk.



You may like to light a candle as a reminder that the love of God is like a light in our darkness


Music: “Majesty" by Martin Smith, Stuart Garrard; played by Caroline Bushman



HosannaWelcome on Palm Sunday

Hosanna to the Son of David, the King of Israel.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

The Greeting

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you
and also with you.

Opening Prayer

Loving God, at this time we remember that going up to Jerusalem cost Jesus his very life.  Be with us now as we follow his footsteps and recall his great love for us all.

Prayer for our Palm Crosses

palm crossGod our Saviour, whose Son Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem as Messiah to suffer and to die; let this Palm be for us a sign of his victory
and grant that we who bear them in his name
may ever hail him as our King,
and follow him in the way that leads to eternal life;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Prayer of Confession and Forgiveness

Lord Jesus, when you came into Jerusalem,
people gathered to welcome you.
They shouted ‘Hosanna’ and hope filled their hearts.
A few days later, the same people called for your death.
They shouted, ‘Crucify!’ and hate filled their hearts
Forgive us, Lord, for the times when we are fickle and changeable.


When you came into Jerusalem,
people treated you as a king.
They waved branches in celebration and asked you to save them.
When you hung on a cross, people treated you as a criminal.
They waved their fists and asked you to save yourself.
Forgive us, Lord, for the times when we are disloyal to you.


When you came into Jerusalem,
people stood as one, shoulder to shoulder in their hopes and dreams.
When you were taken down from the cross,
people scattered, divided by their fears and failures.
Forgive us, Lord, for the times when our belief in you turns to betrayal.


May almighty God, who sent his Son into the world to save sinners,
bring you his pardon and his peace, now and for ever.


True and humble King, hailed by the crowd as Messiah:
grant us faith to know you and love you,
that we may be found beside you on the way to the cross,
which is the path of glory. Amen.


Philippians 2.5-11

5In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

6who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
8And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death –
        even death on a cross!

9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

Mark 11.1-11

Image by Gerhard G. from Pixabay1As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, 2saying to them, ‘Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here.3If anyone asks you, “Why are you doing this?” say, “The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.”’

4They went and found a colt outside in the street, tied at a doorway. As they untied it, 5some people standing there asked, ‘What are you doing, untying that colt?’ 6They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go. 7When they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks over it, he sat on it. 8Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. 9Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,


‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’

10‘Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!’

‘Hosanna in the highest heaven!’

11Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.

donkey - Image by jacqueline macou from PixabayDonkey - Image by JackieLou DL from Pixabay 


MarionThis morning on the Zoom we had a quiz about donkey - so many references to donkey's in the Bible.  

We are now going to hear Marion talk about the excitement of the first Palm Sunday.

Marion's talk for Palm Sunday



Choir Anthem

We have a choir singing Just as I am, which was sung & recorded for Ray's funeral earlier in the week.  We remember Ray & Ethel in our prayers.

The Lord's Prayer


As our Saviour taught us, so 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.

The Peace

Once we were far off, but now in union with Christ Jesus we have been brought near through the shedding of Christ’s blood,
for he is our peace.

The peace of the Lord be always with you
and also with you.


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The Blessing

May the Father,
who so loved the world that he gave his only Son, bring you by faith to his eternal life.  Amen

May Christ, who accepted the cup of sacrifice
in obedience to the Father’s will,  keep you steadfast as you walk with him the way of his cross.  Amen

May the Spirit,  who strengthens us to suffer with Christ that we may share his glory,
set your minds on life and peace.  Amen

And the blessing...

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ.  Amen


Make Way
Link to Make Way (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Please collect a Palm Cross from outside St John's

Palm Sunday

Copyright details

Liturgy and prayers from Common Worship. Services and Prayers for the Church of England. Times and Seasons © 2006. The Archbishops’ Council. Church House Publishing.
Readings taken from Holy Bible, New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
Images: from which is a free, Creative Commons image library. From A Church Near You, Church of England
from Pixabay (Images Gerhard G., Poppy Thorpe, JackieLou DL, Jacqueline Macou) and free clipart
Music: Majesty, by Martin Smith, Stuart Garrard, Played by Caroline Bushman, CCLI Song 2988177, © 2000 Thankyou Music (Admin by Integrity Music)
Hymn: from YouTube under under appropriate licensing
CCLI - St Johns Hook, 827213

Children's Activities for Sunday 28th March
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