Morning Worship - 5th April 2020

Let us call upon the name of the Lord Jesus

morning, noon and night.

Abba Father, loving heavenly Father,

in this time of worship we turn our hearts to you.

May you, and you alone, be our heart's desire.

 

You come to us in the Lord Jesus.

Through him your Holy Presence shines upon us;

through the words from his lips your Holy Word comes to us;

through the Cross that he carried your Loving Forgiveness heals us;

may your Spirit rest upon us and lift us into your Grace.

 

Lord Jesus we ask for your forgiveness.

You know where we fall and where we hide;

you know the hurts and regrets that linger.

Lord Jesus we ask for your blessing.

You know the worry we have of tomorrow;

you know those about whom we worry day by day.

 

Help us, O Lord, to turn to you and receive your forgiveness;

help us to trust in you and receive your blessing.

Here in our homes and far from our friends

we remember them and pray from them now.

 

Speak to us, Loving Father, through your Spirit and your Word

and hear us as we pray

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy Kingdom come,

thy will be done,on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread

And forgive us our debts,

as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

for ever. Amen

The Hulda Gates, Jerusalem

When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples,  saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me.  If anyone says anything to you, just say this, ‘The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately. ”This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying,

 “Tell the daughter of Zion,
Look, your king is coming to you,
    humble, and mounted on a donkey,
        and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them;  they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them.  A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.  The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting,

“Hosanna to the Son of David!
    Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

 When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?” The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Matthew 21 : 1 - 11

The Passover Festival in Jerusalem lasted a week and attracted pilgrims from Galilee,  Judah and cities around the Empire. The city thronged with tens of thousands of tents pitched everywhere. Pontius Pilate came in from the palace he lived in on the Mediterranean coast with extra soldiers. They will have processed into Jerusalem through a western gate in a show of power and authority on horseback. It was a public statement showing off the might of Rome.

Jesus, too, made a statement. He came down to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives riding through an eastern gate on a donkey - a beast of burden - the opposite of a horse of war..

Everything about his entrance said 'Messiah' - the One sent by God to fulfill his ancient Promises. These were the promises made to Abraham -

Now the Lord said to Abram,

....."I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.....by you all the families of the earth shall bless themselves.

Genesis 12 : 1 - 3

 

The hopes that filled the people were that God would send a Messiah to liberate the land from  Rome and restore the Kingdom to its golden age. But Jesus came in peace. The Kingdom he came to establish was God's Kingdom and it would be established though love and grace and mercy. Jesus entered Jerusalem prepared to reveal to all the families of the earth the depth and height of God's love and blessing for them all.

 

Throughout Jesus ministry and all his deeds and words is the same, one overarching message - God is Abba, Loving Father who loves all his children.

Lord, you gave your life that through you we might find life in all its fullness.

Upon your Cross lay all the darkness of the world.

And when you arose a new light began to shine.

Thank, Lord Jesus, for dying for us upon the Cross.

And thank you, Lord, for the gift of life you have breathed into our hearts.

Hear our prayers for others now - those we name quietly before you.

 

We pray for our families.

We pray for our friends.

We pray for our neighbours and strangers in the street.

 

In today's crisis we pray for all who work in the health services

and the support services, in the shops and on the farms;

listen, heavenly Father, to our prayer.

Keep us safe in your love.

May we bless others as you have blessed us.

Amen.

I love you, Lord
And I lift my voice
To worship You
Oh, my soul, rejoice!

Take joy my King
In what You hear
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound
In Your ear.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus

the love of the Father

and the fellowship of the Spirit

be with us all.

Amen.