Palm Sunday 2020 at 9.30am for reflections and prayers

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We have now live streamed this service through YouTube so just click here

The order of service for 9.30am is available below as well as the CVB Facebook group. You might also want to light your own candle or have a Cross alongside of your computer as a symbol of God's presence among us.

At 11.00am the Revd David will be live streaming a celebration of Holy Communion.  Please come join us at one or both these services!

Opening Music 

Played by Andrea Board, Organist for Cowley parish church

Herzlich tut mich verlangen (O sacred head sore wounded) by JS Bach


O Lord, open our lips
All - and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Let your ways be known upon the Earth,
All - your saving power among the nations.

A prayer of thanksgiving 

Blessed are you, Lord God of our salvation,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
As a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief
your only Son was lifted up
that he might draw the whole world to himself.
May we walk this day in the way of the cross
and always be ready to share its weight,
declaring your love for all the world.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
All -Blessed be God for ever.

Word of God 

The Gospel according to St Matthew 21: 1-11

21 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.[a]’ 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!’

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.’


a time of silence






The Collect for Palm Sunday

Almighty and everlasting God,

who in your tender love towards the human race

sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ

to take upon him our flesh

and to suffer death upon the cross:

grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility,

and also be made partakers of his resurrection;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.


For those who are ill 

Merciful God, 

we entrust to your tender care those who are ill or in pain, 

knowing that whenever danger threatens

your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe. 

Comfort and heal them, 

and restore them to health and strength; 

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


A prayer of confidence in God

We are not people of fear: we are people of courage. 

We are not people who protect our own safety: we are people who protect our neighbours. 

We are not people of greed: we are people of generosity.

We are your people God, giving and loving, wherever we are, whatever it costs 

For as long as it takes wherever you call us. 


The Lord’s Prayer 

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,

And the power, and the glory,

For ever and ever,


Closing Music

Played by Andrea Board, Organist for Cowley parish church

Praeambulum supra Jesu, Meine Freude (Jesus, priceless treasure) by Johann Krebs

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