Worship at home

Worshiping together at home.





Palm Sunday and Holy week.

5th April  2020.


St Bartholomew & St Mark

Milehouse, Plymouth


Anyone can lead this service, with another or by themselves.


Fr Richard may ask to lead this over the phone when he calls.


The Welcome.


Leader:  In the name of the Father, and of the Son,

                and of the Holy Spirit.


Others:  Amen



Penitential rite.


Leader:   Let us remember before God

                  our failings and needs.



Leader Lord Jesus, you came to gather the

                  nations into the peace of God’s

                  kingdom: Lord have mercy.


Others:  Lord have mercy.


Leader You come in word and sacrament

                  to strengthen us in holiness:

                  Christ have mercy.


Others:  Christ have mercy.


Leader You will come in glory with salvation

                 for your people: Lord have mercy.


Others:  Lord have mercy.


Leader May Almighty God have mercy on us,

                forgive us our sins,

                and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

Collect of the day.




Almighty ever-living God,
who as an example of humility for the human race to follow
caused our Saviour to take flesh and submit to the Cross,
graciously grant that we may heed his lesson of patient suffering
and so merit a share in his Resurrection.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.  Amen


Liturgy of the Word.


Matthew 21:1-11

Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into 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 fulfil 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.’


A short address for discussion.


Many years ago in Torquay, in my first year of ordination, I remember well going around the schools as Christmas approached.  I sat through nativity service after nativity with children adorned in tea towels and paper wings.  As the climax to each production neared, that song which began to haunt me, would inevitably be sung:  Little Donkey!  He is, as far as I am aware, still on that dusty road…

Many years later, those little children who sang their hearts out, are now grown up, adults with children of their own in some cases.  It is a delight to seem them flourish and choose their path in life.

We often jump so quickly from Christmas to Easter that we do not appreciate the time between Christ’s birth, brought to Bethlehem in the womb of his mother on a Donkey, to his arrival in Jerusalem, thirty or so years later, himself riding on a Donkey: a beast of burden.

In those intervening years, Jesus had grown up as a child, learning like us, playing and discovering a world of love and hatred.  He experienced tragedy and joy and collected friends around him, good and not so good.

He arrived as Jerusalem as the same Son of David as he did at David’s city: Bethlehem, he arrived to bring change to humanity as he prepared to face the final challenge: death itself.

We may find these days and weeks of waiting at home  difficult and drawn out.  We may have run out of programs to watch on telly or hear on the radio.  We may have decided to switch off from the news and find a hobby to pass the weeks away.

But if you’re like me, you will have been forced to think a bit, or maybe a lot, to evaluate your life, your relationships, your journey in this world.

 In those moments it is important to remind yourself that on your way through life you have never been alone.  Jesus has been with you every step of the way, good and bad.  Whether you have given up on him, he has never given up on you.

So as we approach Jerusalem again, recalling Jesus arrival on that Donkey, let him carry you forward.  Trust in him.  What he did in Jerusalem those many many years ago is still at work now: salvation and the way forward to eternal life. 

The donkey may be gone, but the road ahead is made of love, joy and eternal happiness.  



The Peace.


Leader: In fellowship with the whole Church of God,

                with all who have been brought together

                by the Holy Spirit to worship on this day,

                let us rejoice that we are called

                to be part of the body of Christ.


              The Peace of the Lord be with you.


Others:  And also with you.




Pray for your families, your friends, those who are alone, those who are scared or in pain and those who are passed from this world. (Use the sheet).



Leader: As our Saviour has taught us so we pray:



All say:   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 trespasses

                as we forgive those who trespass against us.

                And Lead us not into temptation

                but deliver us from evil.

                For thine is the kingdom,

                the power and the glory,

                for ever and ever.  Amen.  Amen.







Leader: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
                and the love of God,
                and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
                be with us all evermore.

Others:  Amen.  

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