Passion Sunday Service 03.04.22

Before we start today’s service, there is a messages we would like you to read and pray about.

Firstly Bishop Christopher writes:

“I write to you from the Houses of Parliament. I have been here all week. The Ukrainian Crisis has been a constant theme. Each day I’ve led prayers in the House of Lords, with the persistent threat of war in Europe lending them great urgency and poignancy.

As the week has unfolded, our worst fears have been realised and the people of Ukraine are now suffering a terrible onslaught. One of the lines from the ancient psalm I used this morning says, ‘I sought the Lord, and he heard me: yea he delivered me out of all my fears’.

So, this is the time to increase our prayer and to seek the Lord, that God’s ways of peace would prevail and break through the violence. I call on all people of prayer across Coventry and Warwickshire to join the wave of prayer that is rising in the world.”

 

Please click here to read the remainder of Bishop Christopher’s Video…
https://www.coventry.anglican.org/news/call-to-prayer-for-peace-in-ukraine.php

*****************************************

Hymn – Make Way, Make Way for Christ the King

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father

and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you

All: And also with you

Loving Lord,

Fill us with your life-giving,

joy-givingr peace-giving presence,

That we may praise you now with our lips,

and all the day long with our lives

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

Cast your burden upon the Lord

All: And he will sustain you

Create in us clean hearts, O God

All: And renew a right spirit within us

Cast us not away from your Presence

All: And take not your Holy Spirit from us

Give us the joy of your saving help

All: And sustain us with your life-giving Spirit

Blessed be the Lord day by day

All: The God of our salvation, who bears our burdens.

We have a moment of quiet, to call to mind the things we

Have thought, said and done which we know grieve the God

who loves us 

Come, let us return to the Lord and say: 

All: Almighty God

Long-suffering and of great goodness

I confess to you.

I confess with my whole heart

My neglect and forgetfulness of your commandments

My wrong doing, thinking and speaking:

The hurts I have done to others,

And the good I have left undone.

O God, forgive me, for I have sinned against you;

And raise me to newness of life;

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

May the God of love and power

Forgive us and free us from our sins,

Heal and strengthen us by his Spirit,

And raise us to new life in Christ our Lord.

All: Amen. 

We praise God for his love and forgiveness with:-

Hymn – When I survey the wondrous cross 

We are singing this today specially remembering Ukraine

1 When I survey the wondrous cross
on which the Prince of glory died,
my richest gain I count but loss,
and pour contempt on all my pride.

2 Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
save in the death of Christ, my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them through his blood.

3 See, from his head, his hands, his feet,
sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
or thorns compose so rich a crown?

4 Were the whole realm of nature mine,
that were a present far too small.
Love so amazing, so divine,
demands my soul, my life, my all.
(by Isaac Watts – 1674 to 1748)

Our First Reading is taken from – Philippians Chap: 3

4 I could, of course, put my trust in such things. If any of you think you can trust in external ceremonies, I have even more reason to feel that way. 

5 I was circumcised when I was a week old. I am an Israelite by birth, of the tribe of Benjamin, a pure-blooded Hebrew. As far as keeping the Jewish Law is concerned, I was a Pharisee, 

6 and I was so zealous that I persecuted the church. As far as a person can be righteous by obeying the commands of the Law, I was without fault. 

7 But all those things that I might count as profit I now reckon as loss for Christ’s sake. 

8 Not only those things; I reckon everything as complete loss for the sake of what is so much more valuable, the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have thrown everything away; I consider it all as mere garbage, so that I may gain Christ 

9 and be completely united with him. I no longer have a righteousness of my own, the kind that is gained by obeying the Law. I now have the righteousness that is given through faith in Christ, the righteousness that comes from God and is based on faith. 

10 All I want is to know Christ and to experience the power of his resurrection, to share in his sufferings and become like him in his death, 

11 in the hope that I myself will be raised from death to life. 

12 I do not claim that I have already succeeded or have already become perfect. I keep striving to win the prize for which Christ Jesus has already won me to himself. 

13 Of course, my friends, I really do not think that I have already won it; the one thing I do, however, is to forget what is behind me and do my best to reach what is ahead. 

14 So I run straight toward the goal in order to win the prize, which is God’s call through Christ Jesus to the life above..

This is the word of the Christ

All: Praise to you oh Christ

Hymn   – On a Hill Far Away Stood an Old Rugged Cross

1 On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
the emblem of suffering and shame;
and I love that old cross where the dearest and best
for a world of lost sinners was slain.

Refrain:
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
and exchange it someday for a crown.

2 O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
has a wondrous attraction for me;
for the dear Lamb of God left his glory above
to bear it to dark Calvary

Refrain:
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
and exchange it someday for a crown.

3 In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
a wondrous beauty I see,
for ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
to pardon and sanctify me

Refrain:
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
and exchange it someday for a crown.

4 To that old rugged cross I will ever be true,
its shame and reproach gladly bear;
then he’ll call me some day to my home far away,
where his glory forever I’ll share.

Refrain:
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
and exchange it someday for a crown.
(By George Bennard – 1873 to 1953)

Here the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to – John Chap: 12

1 Six days before the Passover, Jesus went to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, the man he had raised from death. 

2 They prepared a dinner for him there, which Martha helped serve; Lazarus was one of those who were sitting at the table with Jesus. 

3 Then Mary took a whole pint of a very expensive perfume made of pure nard, poured it on Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The sweet smell of the perfume filled the whole house. 

4 One of Jesus’ disciples, Judas Iscariot – the one who was going to betray him – said, 

5 “Why wasn’t this perfume sold for three hundred silver coins and the money given to the poor?” 

6 He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief. He carried the money bag and would help himself from it.

 7 But Jesus said, “Leave her alone! Let her keep what she has for the day of my burial. 

8 You will always have poor people with you, but you will not always have me.” 

This is the word of the Christ

All: Praise to you oh Christ

Notes in the Sermon for Passion Sunday

The disciples were puzzled that Jesus was speaking about going away. They had been with Him for three and a half years and he was preparing to say good bye.

We have all said good bye to loved ones and it is important that we make the most of the time we have together.

Mary washed Jesus feet with expensive ointment preparing for His death.

Judas always one for money, criticised this wonderful act of kindness.

We never know when it will be the last time we see someone and it is important that we help and thank people when they are alive and not leave it till it is too late and it has to be their obituary.

Amen

Let us declare our faith in God.

All: We believe in God the Father,

From whom every family

In heaven and on earth is named.

We believe in God the Son

Who lives in our hearts through faith,

And fills us with his love.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit

Who strengthens us

With power from on high.

We believe in one God,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Prayers and Intercessions

We pray for God to fill us with his Spirit.

Generous God,

we thank you for the power of your Holy Spirit.

We ask that we may be strengthened to serve you better.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the wisdom of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to make us wise to understand your will.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the peace of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to keep us confident of your love wherever you call us.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the healing of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to bring reconciliation and wholeness

where there is division, sickness and sorrow.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the gifts of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to equip us for the work which you have given us.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the fruit of your Holy Spirit.

We ask you to reveal in our lives the love of Jesus.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit.

We thank you for the breath of your Holy Spirit,

given us by the risen Lord.

We ask you to keep the whole Church, living and departed,

in the joy of eternal life.

Lord, come to bless us

All: and fill us with your Spirit. 

All: Generous God,

hear our prayer,

and make us one in heart and mind

to serve you with joy for ever.

Amen. 

We gather our thoughts and prayers in the words our Saviour gave us

All: Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed by 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.

Amen. 

Hymn  There is a  Green Hill Far Away 

1 There is a green hill far away,

 outside a city wall,

 where our dear Lord was crucified

 who died to save us all.

 

2 We may not know, we cannot tell,

 what pains he had to bear,

 but we believe it was for us

 he hung and suffered there.

 

3 He died that we might be forgiven,

 he died to make us good,

 that we might go at last to heaven,

 saved by his precious blood.

 

 4 There was no other good enough

 to pay the price of sin,

 he only could unlock the gate

 of heaven and let us in.

 

 5 O dearly, dearly has he loved!

 And we must love him too,

 and trust in his redeeming blood,

 and try his works t                                             (by Cecil Frances Alexander, 1818 – 1895)

 

All: Eternal Giver of love and life

Your Son Jesus Christ has sent us into all the world

To preach the Gospel of his Kingdom.

Confirm us in this mission,

And help us to live the good news we proclaim,

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

Hymn – He Who Would Valiant Be

1 He who would valiant be
‘gainst all disaster,
let him in constancy
follow the Master.
There’s no discouragement
shall make him once relent
his first avowed intent
to be a pilgrim.

2 Who so beset him round
with dismal stories,
do but themselves confound—
his strength the more is.
No foes shall stay his might,
though he with giants fight;
he will make good his right
to be a pilgrim.

3 Since, Lord, Thou dost defend
us with Thy Spirit,
we know we at the end
shall life inherit.
Then, fancies, flee away!
I’ll fear not what men say,
I’ll labor night and day
to be a pilgrim.
(By John Bunyan – 1628-1688)

The Lord bless us, and preserve us from all evil

And keep us in eternal life. 

All: Amen

© 702211

Leave a comment