Palm Sunday procession

PACT normally co-ordinate a Palm Sunday procession. This year we’ve done it virtually and are very pleased to share it with you here :

The order of service is below.

PALM SUNDAY ‘PROCESSION’ ONLINE – to air Sunday 28th March 2021

Welcome & Introduction: Father Peter Newsam outside the Sacred Heart Church, Petworth.

Processing to ‘Sing Hosanna’:
Give me joy in my heart, keep me praising.
Give me joy in my heart, I pray.
Give me joy in my heart, keep me praising.
Keep me praising till the end of day.
Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,
sing hosanna to the King of kings!
Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,
sing hosanna to the King!
Give me love in my heart, keep me serving.
Give me love in my heart, I pray.
Give me love in my heart, keep me serving.
Keep me serving till the end of day. [Refrain]
Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burning.
Give me oil in my lamp, I pray.
Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burning.
Keep me serving till the end of day. [Refrain]
Words & Music : Traditional. Public domain.

PART 1 – Richard Burge outside the church of St John the Baptist, Kirdford.
Today we follow the story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. This all led up to his eventual arrest, trial, crucifixion and burial on Good Friday and his glorious resurrection on Easter Sunday.
The disciples brought the donkey and her colt to him and placed their cloaks and prayer shawls on the colt, and Jesus rode on it. So the two disciples went on ahead and did as Jesus had instructed them. Tell Zion’s daughter: “Look, your King arrives! He’s coming to you full of gentleness, sitting on a donkey, riding on a donkey’s colt.” All of this happened to fulfill the prophecy.
Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and
the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:4, NIV)

PART 2 – Maureen Purser outside the United Reformed Church, Petworth.
Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey – riding on a donkey’s colt. (Zechariah 9:9, NLT)
Jesus rode in the centre of the procession—crowds going before him and crowds coming behind him. As Jesus entered Jerusalem, the people went wild with excitement—the entire city was thrown into an uproar! Some asked, “Who is this man?” And the crowds shouted back, “This is Jesus! He’s the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee!” (Matthew 21:9,10-11, TPT)
And the people all around him were shouting, “Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessings on the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Praise God in the highest heaven!” (Mark 11:9-10, NLT)

PART 3 – Bob Sneller from Petworth Community Church
Now Jesus’ disciples didn’t fully understand the importance of what was taking place, but after he was raised and exalted into glory, they understood how Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies in the Scriptures that were written about him. (John 12:16, TPT)
Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says : “Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem, a firm and tested stone. It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on. Whoever believes need never be shaken.” (Isaiah 28:16, NLT)

PART 4 – Phillip Turner with St Giles Church, Graffham in the background.
“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed” says the Lord, who has compassion on you. (Isaiah 54:10)
The Lord has made proclamation to the ends of the earth : “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your Saviour comes! See, his reward is with him and his recompense accompanies him.’” They will be called the holy People, the Redeemed of the Lord; and you will be called Sought After, the City No Longer Deserted. (Isaiah 62:11-12, NIV)
On Palm Sunday every eye was focused on Jesus. He was their hope and means of a better future. But the crowds did not recognise Jesus for who he really was. They had hoped for a conqueror king who would rid them of their Roman oppressors. But he was not a Messiah of daydreams or wishful thinking.
Jesus was sent to earth to be the Saviour of all mankind. His death and resurrection enable us to have a relationship with him – a life of adventure with an all-loving and all-powerful God. For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost. (Luke 19:10)

Processing to ‘Make Way’:
Make way! (Make way!)
Make way! (Make way!)
For the King of kings
(For the King of kings)
Make way! (Make way!)
Make way! (Make way!)
And let His kingdom in
He comes the broken hearts to heal
The prisoners to free
The deaf shall hear, the lame shall dance
The blind shall see
And those who mourn with heavy hearts
Who weep and sigh
With laughter, joy and royal crown
He’ll beautify
We call you now to worship Him
As Lord of all
To have no gods before Him
Their thrones must fall!
Graham Kendrick
Copyright © 1986 Thankyou Music

Closing remarks and prayer/blessing by Rev’d David Crook outside St Marys, Fittleworth.

* * * With special thanks to Nicola and Mark for leading donkeys Ringo and Buster * * * *