Palm Sunday in the snow

It was very unseasonal weather for Palm Sunday, even one early in the year, when we met at Shorne Village Green to process to the church for our Palm Sunday service. It was no surprise that most of the congregation went straight to the church and waited for us there!

We had a said a few prayers before starting off along The Street to the chuch singing and following Mark with the cross that was having a rare outing.

Entering the church it seemed unusually warm, but that feeling soon wore off and most of us were glad we had kept our coats on. But it was not that cold and we soon forgot the temperature

Between traditional readings (Philippians 2:5-11 and Luke 19:28-40) by Ian and Jean Craig we sang Make way, make way, a jolly Graham Kendrick hymn that was new to some of us. Dennis Usher, our lay reader, gave the sermon which, after a video, was more a re-enactment of parts of the passion story. It included getting some children to follow clues to find items such as the palm leaves, the cross and the bread and wine. But there was an adult involved – Rita Sylvester had her feet washed in nice warm water.

The Singing Group, conducted by Rosemary Moore, then sang Faithful one, so unchanging before intercessions. These were followed by the peace and the hymn Meekness and Majesty before we entered into the prayers preparing us for Holy Communion. Then to finish the service we sang Jesus shall take the highest honour, again a new hymn for some.

Most of us stayed for coffe and a chat before braving the weather though thankful that we were not experiencing the snow that had fallen in other parts of the country.

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