Sunday Worship – Palm Sunday (5th April) – Entering Jerusalem

Today we begin our journey through Holy week towards Easter. You are encouraged to go through this service with your family in your house or perhaps on the phone or computer screen. As well as preparing worship for Newbattle today, I have been working with Fischy Music and the Spill the Beans Worship team to produce daily material from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday and this service will be available on their websites too. Worshipping at home we join with the whole church family of all ages and in all places at this key time in the Christian calendar. Welcome, let us worship God.

Call to Worship: to say aloud

We come to worship.

We follow the crowd,

shouting Hosanna!

Praise God!

We join in the triumph of today,

ready to sing,

to shout,

to act!

A Traditional Hymn Hosanna Loud Hosanna 

Reading: read the passage in your own bible at home 
Matthew 21 v 1 – 11


Dramatised reading:

Let us pray: All-Age Prayer

Dear God,

we are here to say hello,

we are here to tell you

that we love you,

we are here to say thank you

for the world.

We thank you

for rainbows,

for shooting stars,

for palm trees,

for colts,

for colourful clothing

for people.

We thank you

for all the people

who love us

and for all the people who

make time to be with us.

We thank you for Jesus,

for sending him to teach us

how to live.

We thank you for the

sunshine and the rain

we thank you for holidays from our normal routine.

We are sorry for those times

when we fail you,

we are glad

that you promise to forgive us

when we say sorry.

Help us, Lord, to learn from Jesus

and to try to love people as he did.


The Fischy Song  – Come Christians Join to Sing

Messy church/Sunday school section – ideas to go and make and do.


You will need: paper or plastic cups (two per child, green would be

good), dried beans or rice, sticky tape, paper to wrap round the cups if plastic, crayons or felt pens, ribbons, self-stick stickers anything you like to decorate it with.

Give the children two of the paper cups and some of the

beans or rice and get them to put them into one of the

cups and then place the other cup on top, rim to rim. Help

the children to tape the two cups securely together around

the rims to create a shaker type instrument. Then cover the

sticky tape with paper (if using plastic cups) to conceal.

Let the children then decorate their instrument

with the stickers and pens. Further decoration can be added by giving

the children strips of green ribbon which they could attach

to their shaker with double sided tape and let dangle from

each end of their shaker.

Talk about the story and the crowds who gathered to

welcome Jesus. Discuss the different ways they welcomed

Jesus (with palms and cloaks and by shouting Hosanna

and so on). Tell the story once more and let the children

accompany the parts about the crowd with their shakers.

Then talk with them about the different ways Jesus

welcomed people and discuss how we might welcome

people today just as Jesus did.


Jesus rode into the city

to cries of joy and exaltation.

We too cry hosanna!

We too race alongside the Son of David.

As we leave this time today,

God goes with us,

from triumphant chorus,

to the agony of the cross,

God goes with us,

every step of the way. Amen