5th April 2020 Palm Sunday

All Anglican Chaplaincies in Spain and Portugal have been asked not to hold public services under the present circumstances. In view of this decision, at present  no Eucharist services will be held in Nerja and Almunecar and neither will there be any Wednesday morning Eucharist services in the Church Shop in Nerja. 

Any changes to this decision will be posted  on the website.

In the meantime, please make use of the daily services that are available on the Church of England website, including Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer with all the relevant readings and psalms. The website is: www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-in-daily-prayer. This is a wonderful resource.

Currently, we are holding a simple Eucharist service on-line from Church House in Nerja every Sunday at 12 (noon) and we would be delighted if you would join us. We are using the Zoom app, and I would ask you to contact our Church Warden (John Hodgson) for him to give you all the details before going into Zoom. His e-mail is – hodgsonjbp@gmail.com

I attach the relevant prayers and psalm for the day below.

Let us pray for those who are broken and suffering at this time: 

Dear God let us never forget the fragility of your creation, and how helpless we are in its workings… 

Psalm 130

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! If you, O Lord should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered. 

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than those who wait for the morning, more than those who wait for the morning. 

O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem. It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.

Psalm 91

You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress; my God in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence; he will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

You will not fear the terror of the night, or the arrow that flies by day, or the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or the destruction that wastes at noonday. A thousand may fall at you side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only look with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord your refuge, the Most High your dwelling-place, no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent.

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the adder, the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot.

Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who who know my name. when they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honour them. With long life I will satisfy them, and show them my salvation.

 

O God our father, hear me, who am trembling in this darkness, and stretch forth Thy hand unto me; hold forth Thy light before me; recall me from my wanderings; and, Thou being my guide, may I be restored to myself and to Thee. Amen

St Augustine                   

PRAYERS –  Please remember those who need our prayers at this time:                   

Beatriz Velasco, Joanne, David, Sandra Brown, Joan Elliott, David Naisby, Kevin Leeman,  Valerie Bacon, Isabel Brown,  Brian Haddon,  Mike Foster, Carole Smy, and Veronica Bobby.

 

Sunday 5th April – Palm Sunday

Collect

True and humble King, hailed by the crowd as Messiah: grant us the faith to know you and love you, that we may be found beside you on the way of the cross, which is the path of glory.

Readings

Isaiah 50: 4-9, Philippians 2: 5-11

Liturgy of the Psalms – Matthew 21 1-11/ Liturgy of the Passion – Matthew  27: 11-54

Psalm 31 (9-16)

Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eye wastes away from grief, my soul and body also. For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my misery, and my bones waste away. I am the scorn of all my adversaries, a horror to my neighbours, an object of dread to my acquaintances; those who see me in the street flee from me. I have passed out of mind like one who is dead; I have become like a broken vessel. For I hear the whispering of many – terror all around! – as they scheme together against me, as they plot to take my life. But I trust in you , O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors. Let your face shine upon your servant; save me in your steadfast love.

Post Communion Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, you humbled yourself in taking the form of a servant, and in obedience died on the cross for our salvation: give us the mind to follow you and to proclaim you as Lord and King, to the glory of God the Father.

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