Sunday 5 April 2020

Emmanuel Baptist Church

Sunday 5th April 2020

No Services today.

Palm Sunday

 

A hymn to sing that reminds us of both the events of Palm Sunday and what is to follow:-

 

 

1 Ride on, ride on in majesty!

 Hark! all the tribes hosanna cry;

 O Savior meek, pursue your road

 with palms and scattered garments strowed.

 

2 Ride on, ride on in majesty!

 In lowly pomp ride on to die:

 O Christ, your triumphs now begin

 o'er captive death and conquered sin.

3 Ride on, ride on in majesty!

 The winged squadrons of the sky

 look down with sad and wond'ring eyes

 to see th'approaching sacrifice.

 

4 Ride on, ride on in majesty!

 Your last and fiercest strife is nigh;

 the Father on his sapphire throne

 expects his own anointed Son.

 

5 Ride on, ride on in majesty!

 In lowly pomp ride on to die;

 bow your meek head to mortal pain,

 then take, O God, your pow'r and reign..

Here are two Bible readings that specifically relate to Palm Sunday

Zechariah 9:9  The Coming King

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your King is coming to you;
He is just and having salvation,
Lowly and riding on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey.

Matthew 21:1-11  The Triumphal Entry

21 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.”

All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:

“Tell the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your King is coming to you,
Lowly, and sitting on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ”

So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:

“Hosanna to the Son of David!
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’
Hosanna in the highest!”

10 And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?”

11 So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”

Very often the entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday is seen as a story for children. It has it all, animals (donkeys), children in the crowds, a procession, noise, bustle, waving banners (palms), singing and shouting. How many times have we enthused Sunday School children with this story?

But let’s consider. God thought it important enough for Zechariah to prophecy some 500 years before the events occurred that we remember today. And we can read about it in all four gospels Matt 21:1-12; Mark 11:1-11; Luke19:28-44 and John 12:12-19. Many incidents are only recorded in some of the gospels, but this is in all four! So it’s not just a tale for children, but something God wants us to really take note of.

There are many lessons to be learnt from this event but one of the things that stands out for me is the line in Zechariah Behold, your King is coming to you. Jesus came as a king. It seems rather ironic, kings didn’t ride donkeys accompanied by a few friends. They came in great cavalcades, with shows of strength, cohorts of soldiers and mounted on horses. But Jesus was a different sort of king as we read in the next line He is just and bringing salvation. Jesus was sinless and bringing salvation from sin for mankind. Palm Sunday was the beginning of the week that would lead to the cross. As it says in the hymn

King of my life, I crown Thee now,     Thine shall the glory be;   Lest I forget Thy thorn-crowned brow,
  Lead me to Calvary.

The cross beckons, but Jesus was, and is a King. A thought occurs to me. If Jesus came to Sidmouth today, there would be no crowds to welcome Him, as we keep to our “social distancing”. Let’s make sure that we keep Jesus in the rightful place of King of our lives.

NHS and caring staff

Have you been clapping for NHS and caring staff at 8.00pm on Thursday evenings? Many people come out of their houses, or stand on their balconies to join in the applause. You have probably seen it on television. It’s a good thing to do to let those in the caring professions know that we care too. But we as Christians can do something more, We can pray for these folk, and in particular our friends and families who are involved.

Please pray for the following :-
Sue Stockdale writes “I would appreciate prayers for my daughter Joanna  a nurse at the North London hospice, and all the other staff members there. Several of the staff are off sick with the virus and although the hospice isn't admitting patients with the virus two patients have developed it following admission. With staff shortages the remaining staff have much more responsibility and stress.” 

Douglas and Margaret say “We have two daughters, Gillian and Rachel who are both nurses. Also one of our granddaughters is a midwife, her name is Bryony.”

Bernard and Pat request “prayer for their sister-in law Gerri (Kelly) a senior nurse in the Nuffield Hospital, Cambridge.”

I have also been informed that Isobel’s nephew David, is a GP in the Midlands, he was taken into hospital on the 1st April with Covid 19.

Sue Cousen’s daughter Sarah is a nurse on a “back to nursing course”; and granddaughter Amelia is training to be a nurse at Oxford Brookes University. Both their courses are closed at the moment.

Chris and Felicity’s daughter Rachel, is a speech therapist, in Whanganui Hospital, New Zealand. Although not in the nursing frontline she is dealing with patients all day long.

Let’s not forget Jane Cooper and her sister Emma working as carers in Arcot House where Nora Crow is; those caring for John Melville in Trowbridge and for Jenny Gregory and Barbara Perchard in Sidmouth Nursing Home. And finally those caring for Anne Phelps living in her own home in Sidmouth

 

A prayer.
Loving God, our Heavenly Father, I praise you for your great love and care that you have for your creation.  I pray for our town, our country our world as it battles this pandemic. I thank you for Jesus, King of my life, and commit my daily life and those of my family and friends into your hands. Keep us all in your love.

A Benediction

Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honour and glory forever and ever. Amen.. (1 Tim 1:17).

Amen.