Palm Sunday Worship

Let us worship God.

Let’s begin with rejoicing in the Lord and giving thanks to Him.

Here’s a link to the song. “This is the day that the Lord has made.”

http://standrewstrinity.blogspot.com/2020/04/this-day-that-lord-has-made.html (When you get to this website – “God’s Word from St Andrew’s Trinity”, you will need to click on the link, which will take you to the video.)

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The Lord is my Strength and my Song. He is my Saviour’(Psalm 118:14).

We thank You, Lord, that Jesus Christ is our Saviour. We thank You that He gives us a song to sing: ‘Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine… This is my story, this is my song, praising my Saviour all the day long’. Help us, Lord, to grow in our knowledge of Jesus Christ, our Saviour. May we sing His song with strength, committing ourselves to His service, earnestly seeking to win others for Him.

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Let’s sing of our Saviour: here’s a link to “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine” – http://goodnewsforcochranecastle.blogspot.com/2020/04/blessed-assurance.html (When you get to this website – “Good News for Cochrane Castle”, you will need to click on the link, which will take you to the video.)

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Let us rejoice in God’s wonderful love. Let us give thanks to Him for His faithful love.

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Do you feel like you can`t go on? Do you feel like giving up? Here`s God`s Word of encouragement for you: ‘He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the Day of Jesus Christ’ (Philippians 1:1:6). God finishes what He starts – ‘He didn`t bring us this far to leave us. He didn`t teach us to swim to let us drown. He didn`t build His home in us to move away. He didn`t lift us up to let us down’. In all the changes of life, we must remember this: God is faithful. His love is unchanged, unchanging and unchangeable. We don`t keep going because we are strong. We are ‘kept by the power of God’ (1 Peter 1:5). In ‘humility’ let us live ‘to the glory and praise of God’ (Philippians 2:3; Philippians 1:11). ‘Jesus Christ is Lord’ (Philippians 2:11) – He will give you the strength to keep going when you feel like giving up.

Now, for a great song of praise to the Lord: “Jesus paid it all” – http://gospelforjohnstonecastle.blogspot.com/2020/04/jesus-paid-it-all.html (When you get to this website “Gospel for Johnstone Castle”, you will need to click on the link, which takes you to the video.)

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Keep on praying! – A message from the Moderator of the Presbytery of Greenock and Paisley

As you read Jack’s letter, pray for the people he mentions – and don’t forget to pray for him, giving thanks to God for his much-needed and much-appreciated spiritual leadership.

Call to Prayer

Jeremiah 33:3

Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

As we face the uncertainty surrounding the present coronavirus pandemic and the fact that we cannot see, feel or touch the problem, it can lead us to become either sceptical about its seriousness or terrified of what it could do to us or our loved ones. There is no doubt that we face the greatest test that our nation has faced since the end of the Second World War. It proves, once again, that we really do not have all the answers to life’s problems.

However, even in the uncertainly and the need to listen carefully to the scientific and medical experts, who are seeking to help our nation get through these difficult times, I believe that there is One who does have all the answers, and we can pray to Him.

I have no doubt that we have all been earnestly praying in these days, but I have been led to believe that, although we cannot come together as a Presbytery, we can still pray together. I would like to suggest that we, as a Presbytery, endeavour to set aside time each day at the same time if possible to pray about the present situation; and I would suggest 11.00 a.m.

It may be that for some that is not possible, but let us pray every day at whatever time is suitable for each one of us.

Let us pray for doctors, nurses, scientists, emergency service workers and indeed all who would seek to respond in these difficult days. Pray for the vulnerable folk in society; let us pray for those who have had to self-isolate, and for folk who contract the virus that they will make a full recovery. Let us pray for families with children who are at home because our schools are closing, that they can cope with the need to keep the children interested and occupied.

Let us pray for our congregations and the folk in our Presbytery and nation. Pray for folk whose employment and income is adversely affected by not being able to work.

Pray for our politicians in Westminster and Holyrood that God will sustain them and inspire them with His Holy Spirit that their decisions will be in accordance with His will and purposes.

Let us all remember that God is Sovereign and that he has shown the depth of his love for us by sending His Son Jesus into our world to be our Saviour and our Lord. He will not abandon us now in our time of need.

God Bless you all.

Jack McHugh

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Mark 11:1-11

As they approached Jerusalem, near the towns of Bethphage and Bethany, they came to the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of his disciples on ahead with these instructions: “Go to the village there ahead of you. As soon as you get there, you will find a colt tied up that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. And if someone asks you why you are doing that, say that the Master needs it and will send it back at once.” So they went and found a colt out in the street, tied to the door of a house. As they were untying it, some of the bystanders asked them, “What are you doing, untying that colt?” They answered just as Jesus had told them, and the crowd let them go. They brought the colt to Jesus, threw their cloaks over the animal, and Jesus got on. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches in the field and spread them on the road. The people who were in front and those who followed behind began to shout, “Praise God! God bless him who comes in the name of the Lord! 10 God bless the coming kingdom of King David, our father! Praise be to God!” 11 Jesus entered Jerusalem, went into the Temple, and looked around at everything. But since it was already late in the day, he went out to Bethany with the twelve disciples.

Good News Translation (GNT)

Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society


When Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem, He was heading for suffering and death. As we think of His suffering and death, let us remember His love for us: “The Son of God loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).

Here’s a link to a song which will lead our thoughts to our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ – http://standrewstrinity.blogspot.com/2020/04/lead-me-to-calvary.html

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Into Thy hand, I commit my spirit’ (Psalm 31:5).
These words were spoken by Christ when, in death, He gave Himself for our sins (Luke 23:46).
For Christ, there was suffering – ‘I am the scorn of all my adversaries’ (Psalm 31:11).
His suffering was followed by rejoicing, the joy of the resurrection – ‘I will be glad and rejoice in Your love, for You saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul. You have not handed me over to the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place’ (Psalm 31:7-8).
God answered the prayer of His Son – He brought Him into the ‘spacious place’ of the resurrection, the ‘spacious place’ which is, for us, ‘eternal salvation’ (Hebrews 5:7-9).

We look to the crucified Christ and we say, ‘Praise be to the Lord, for He showed His wonderful love to me’ (Psalm 31:21). In the risen Christ, we are ‘strong and our hearts take courage’ (Psalm 31:24).

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We thank You, Lord, that, when Jesus died on the cross, He did all that needed to be done for our salvation. From the cross, He made this great declaration: “It is finished” (John 19:30). These were not words of despair. They are words of triumph. Beyond the cross, there was something else that needed to be done. It was something that only You could have done. You raised Jesus from the dead. No-one else could have done this. Resurrection is Your work. To You alone be all the glory – forever and ever!

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Here’s a link to a great song, with a great message – “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.” As you listen to this song and sing along with it, may your hearts be lifted up to Jesus, the risen Lord. May each one of you be filled with the joy of the Lord. http://goodnewsforcochranecastle.blogspot.com/2020/04/because-he-lives-i-can-face-tomorrow.html

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Here’s something we can say to each other – May God’s blessing surround you each day, as you trust Him and walk in His way. May His presence within guard and keep you from sin, go in peace, go in joy, go in love.

Now, let’s sing these words – May God’s blessing surround you each day … Here’s the link: http://standrewstrinity.blogspot.com/2020/04/may-gods-blessing-surround-you-each-day.html

God bless you all.

Charlie

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