Today’s Sofa Service for Palm Sunday invites us to support VaccinAid. In Mark 11.1-11 we hear again the crowds shout ‘Hosanna’ – which means ‘Save us now’.
People in some of the poorest and most deprived parts of the world need to be ‘saved now’ by being given access to the vaccine.
Led by UNICEF UK, with the online fundraising platform Crowdfunder, the campaign offers people a practical way to give thanks for their Covid-19 vaccination, by making a voluntary donation to help pay for jabs for others around the world. It aims to help fund almost two billion Covid-19 vaccines for health workers and the most high risk and vulnerable people on our planet. The money raised will also help UNICEF provide tests and treatments to people in 190 countries around the world through the global COVAX initiative.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, encouraged people and congregations to donate and to spread the word in the community, as a practical demonstration of Jesus’s command to love our neighbour.
Give to VaccinAid https://www.vaccinaid.org/
The spiritual ‘Hosanna’ sung by the Soweto Gospel Choir opens our worship, and we close with the great Palm Sunday processional hymn ‘Al Glory Laud and Honour’ sing by The Michael’s Singers.
Harbour Churches continue to prayer for Angie Portlock, Anne-Marie, Charlie Gray, Carrie Goddard, Gay and Stella Boyse, Roz O’Brien, baby Elijah and Eloise.
We commend into God’s gracious keeping those who have died, praying for John Martin Daws-Chew and Mary Messon.
The Collect for Palm Sunday:
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.
Susan continues to talk about the Lord’s Prayer and also Holy Week leading to Easter Day