Good morning everyone,

This Holy Week is my last one here at St Giles’s. I intend to simply share two things that you probably know mean a lot to me: music and poetry. 

The music is a reflection on the passion I have been involved with preparing for with the Leeds Festival Chorus, an event called “The Easter Journey” with music and readings appropriate for Holy Week. We have included the contact details of Fiona Kirby the person who can send on a zoom invitation if you would like to join in as a guest.

The poetry is from Malcolm Guite’s book on the Psalms, “David’s Crown”. I would like to reflect on psalms that Jesus would have sung with his disciples after the last supper on Maundy Thursday, on psalm 22 on Good Friday, and finally two ‘resurrection’ psalms on Easter Sunday.

On Maundy Thursday evening we will produce a virtual communion which would work well following an evening meal that day. To join in I would encourage you to please set aside a little bread and wine – or something special to drink after the meal.

At Good Friday there will be a pre-recorded series of three reflections accompanied by music which will go out at 12noon. This year we will be reflecting on the Passion narrative in Mark’s Gospel alongside Psalm 22.

On Sunday morning as well as our usual virtual worship to celebrate Easter morning, there will be a live act of worship in Church at 9.30am.

Today we remember the important role of the donkey as Jesus enters Jerusalem in fulfilment of prophecy. Zechariah chapter 9 and verse 9: “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey.”

The donkey is a humble creature. The donkey points us to Christ, the one who humbled himself taking the form of a servant and who dies on a cross to bring about our salvation. 

A Palm Sunday collect as we together move forward into Holy Week:

Lord Jesus Christ, 
you humbled yourself in taking the form of a servant, 
and in obedience died on a 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. Amen.

I shall look forward to seeing some of you face to face next week. We will keep going with the virtual services for a while yet.
Keep safe.

Virtual Service 28 March Palm Sunday