Palm Sunday and Holy Week

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Sunday 5th April 2020 - Palm Sunday
Dear Friends,
This week is Holy Week where we journey with the Lord through that final
week of his life. What a difference those few days made. As we reflect on what
it must have been like as the events unfolded we see an almost unbelievable
contrast in attitude and emotion. On the one hand, at the beginning of the week
on Palm Sunday there were the dizzy heights of the entry into Jerusalem where
crowds of people joyfully welcomed Jesus, even to the extent of placing palm
branches and items of clothing to cover the very streets he travelled along. On
the other hand, by the Thursday many of the same people opposed him and
called out for his execution which culminated in his crucifixion on Friday, the
cruellest and most painful way to die. From scripture we know that the Lord
was aware of what lay ahead of him when he entered into Jerusalem but even
though he had spoken to them about it on at least three different occasions his
disciples seemed to have no idea how things would turn out. Things changed so
very fast that week of course; highs to lows, confidence to fear, joy to sorrow
and all at breath taking speed; small wonder really that they were disorientated,
confused and afraid.
There are times when as Christians we’re asked whether we’re more Good
Friday or Easter Day people. Our faith is that we’re Easter People but right
now, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, it feels as though we’re travelling
through the fast changing pace of Holy Week and it’s much more like Good
Friday than Easter Day. Even though weeks ago there were warning signs of the
virus and we had reports of what was happening in other parts of the world, it
seemed far off and didn’t really cause concern at first. But in a very short space
of time how things have changed beyond all recognition, our world has been
turned upside down. We’re in lock down, some of us in complete isolation.
There is immense suffering and people are dying, sometimes alone without their
loved ones beside them. Like the disciples we are disorientated, confused and
In our liturgy and worship this Holy Week we will have plenty of opportunities
for reflection and prayer for all of this. Our hope is though, that even whilst
we’re in the midst of Good Friday and nothing can or should minimise the
situation and suffering we and others find ourselves in right now, we also know
how Holy Week turned out. This will be a solemn week when we reflect on
how much God loved us because he sent his son to suffer and die for us in that
terrible way and it will be a solemn week for us as we reflect on all that is
happening around about us. But, in the midst of it all, we do believe that Good
Friday was not the end but there will be joy to come because ultimately death
did not and will not have the final say, our God alone has that. Victory will be
Readings for Today
Zechariah 9:9-12 Matthew 21:1-11
Matthew 21:1-11
21 When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at
the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 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. 3 If anyone says
anything to you, just say this, ‘The Lord needs them.’ And he will send
them immediately.[a]” 4 This took place to fulfill what had been spoken
through the prophet, saying,
5 “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.”
6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; 7 they brought
the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on
them. 8 A very large crowd[b] spread their cloaks on the road, and others
cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 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!”
10 When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking,
“Who is this?” 11 The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus
from Nazareth in Galilee.”
The work of the church, especially the Dioceses of Anglican Cycle of
Prayer: Please pray for the Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean,
The Most Revd James Richard Wong Yin Song - Archbishop, Province of
Indian Ocean & Bishop of the Seychelles.
Our parishes, especially the youth clubs and children’s uniformed
organisations. We pray for Bere Regis Primary School, those coordinating
the village responses to Covid-19 and we pray for any who are struggling
at this time.
Those who are ill, especially those suffering from the Coronavirus
including some of our political leaders and those who have asked for our
prayers, among them, Margaret Bartlett, Mary Fegan, Jenny Silavs,
Amanda Parker, Geoffrey and Joan Booth, Colin ad Audrey Beet and
Mike Moss.
Families and friends of those who have died in recent days
including Mary Martin and families and friends of those whose anniversary
of death falls at this time.
8.30am: Morning Prayer is said at home every day.
7pm: Compline in Holy Week with Reflection streamed on line
Interment of Ashes Mary Martin RIP, Chaldon Herring
Maundy Thursday
11am: We hope that the Chrism Mass Service will be broadcast from
South Canonry, Salisbury, further details to follow
Good Friday
11.15am: Messy Church streamed on line– You need to be in touch in advance so you get the materials you need from us.
2pm: Good Friday Hour of the Cross streamed on line
Worship will be streamed live throughout the week. Please be in touch if you haven’t received details of how to log in.
Church Office is closed but work continues: email address Phone 07729484866.
West Purbeck Benefice Facebook/ Twitter & Instagram Pages
Bruce South, our Benefice IT Admin. Person, is setting up the pages in the coming day. email things that you’d like posted.
Sunday 19th April 10.30am will be a Prayer and Praise Service. Please be in touch if you have a hymn/song you’d like us to include.
Clergy Contact Details:
Rev Carol Langford 01929 462215
Rev Sandra Williams 01929 792235
Rev Robert Marsden 01929 400741
Rev Jenny Alidina 01929 551502
Sunday 12th April Easter Day
Service: 10.30am Benefice Communion Service Streamed Live
Readings : Acts 10:34-43 John 20:1-18
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