We meet again in this ‘together but apart’ way in gratitude for life and all that is good this Palm Sunday 2022. It is the week leading to Easter. May we enter the story in new ways and come to know the hope of Easter all over again.

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna, hosanna in the highest!

He Korōria

He korōria ki te Atua
(Glory to God)
He korōria ki te Atua
(Glory to God)
He whakaaro pai ki ngā tāngata katoa
(Good news to all people)
He korōria ki te Atua
(Glory to God)


God most high
we pray your peace and grace
in all the world


Emmanuel most high
we pray your peace and grace
in all the world

Prayer on the way

Lord, behold our family here assembled.
We thank you for this place in which we dwell,
for the love that unites us,
for the peace given us this day,
for the hope with which we expect the morrow;
for the health, the work, the food, and the bright skies
that make our lives delightful;
for our friends in all parts of the earth.
Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind.
Spare to us our friends, soften to us our enemies.
Bless us, if it may be, in all our innocent endeavors;
if it may not, give us the strength
to endure that which is to come;
that we may be brave in peril,
constant in tribulation,
temperate in wrath and in all changes of fortune
and down to the gates of death,
loyal and loving to one another.
As the clay to the potter,
as the windmill to the wind,
as children of their parent,
we ask of you this help and mercy
for Christ’s sake. Amen.
—Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894)

A quick update from Dan

Reflection

Luke 19:28-40

Prayer for the road

from Josh

Jesus, our Lord,
you entered Jerusalem with a triumphal procession
that left you alone and in humiliation on the cross.

We thank and praise you for your selfless offering of love …
For offering restoration to the disorder of our world …
For offering liberation to the entanglement of our lives …
For the stirring of those who offer themselves in Christlike service to our communities …

The cries of “Hosanna!” soon turned into cries of “Crucify him!”
Echoes of this dismissal continue to be heard all around us;
the effects of brokenness are felt in all of life.

So we pray for our world –
For the wondrous environment you have gifted us with …
For the nations of the world, and those entrusted with their care …
For our nation and its leaders …
For our communities and the needs within them …
For the global church as it works on your behalf …
For our church community and its local context …
For the vulnerable in our midst …

In Christ, God answers us and sets us free!
In Christ, we are forgiven! Thanks be to God.
Amen.

Blessing

As you travel through the journey towards Easter this week,
May you be aware of the resoluteness of Jesus,
and may the animating conviction of God’s peace
surround you and those you love.
Amen.

And because it’s Palm Sunday, and Jesus rode a donkey, you all need to watch this…


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