March 28th: Palm Sunday
John 12:12-19 & Matthew 27: 31-51
Join with us as we reflect on the triumphal entry, and prepare as we go into Holy week. Please scroll down to see Jane’s testimony, read a Palm Sunday Poem and find out more about the work of Tearfund. You are also invited to join us after the service at 12 noon for our coffee and chat over Zoom. The link details can be found in the messages section. We’d love to see you there.
Palm Sunday Questions
Children and Young People:
Today is Palm Sunday children. It is when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a
Find out more about it in Matthew 21: 1-9.
As well as Virtual Sunday School, Sandra has prepared some activites based around Holy Week for you. You can download them here:
Here, Jane shares her testimony…
Words of Encouragement and Messages
Here is a Palm Sunday Poem, written by Godfrey Rust. You can find the original here
They’re waving at you.
Some wave to flag you down
like witnesses at a motorway pile-up.
They want to you to fix the injured and dying.
You can cure them.
You can bring the dead back to life.
Some are waving Hello.
They want you to come to their party.
They want to show you off to their friends.
They know some very open-minded Pharisees.
They are sure they will be reasonable about it all
once you explain.
Some wave the team colours.
They want you to stuff the opposition,
they think its time that our guys won.
Some wave business cards.
They want you to endorse their products.
You are hot property for chat shows.
Your position statements will be prepared for you.
You will be dressed by Armani and Calvin Klein
for your limitless media opportunities.
Some wave to warn you.
They want you to take care.
They’d like to re-direct your route
away from likely trouble spots.
They have your best interests at heart.
Some wave in desperation as if
you are their only hope.
Some wave their fists.
You were the wrong answer to their prayers
and their disappointments have blossomed into anger.
You could have sorted the whole bloody mess
and here you are out donkey-riding.
Ride on until
the temple looms in front of you.
Walk the last few steps
towards the tables
where religion is prepared.
Push them all over.
Leave no room for doubt.
Walk on into
the dark garden,
the false kiss,
the clever trap,
the rigged trial,
Walk on until
there is no more you can do except
doing what it was
you came to do
for every one
of them and us.
Tearfund’s Lent Appeal:
Here is the second of our Tearfund lent video messages. Tamam fled Syria as she felt it was no longer safe for her two young children. They now have a very different life in Lebanon, living in two rooms in a makeshift settlement of a slum area in the middle of Beirut.
Support the work of Tearfund
If you would like to give a donation to support the work of Tearfund, you can do so via their website. If you would rather give via DCF, please make cheques payable to ‘Dawlish Christian Fellowship’ and write ‘for Tearfund’ on the back. Cheques can be posted to Alan. If money is paid directly to our bank account, then please write ‘Tearfund’ in the reference section. Our account details can be found on the “Give” page of our website.
Zoom Chat Today
Please join us for our Zoom session at 12 today. It will run from 12.00 to 12.30. We’ll be able to share how our week has been, anything that specifically spoke to you from the service and bring any points for prayer
DCF Church is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
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Time: 12 noon
Meeting ID: 876 8389 7530
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DCF Alpha Online
Our Alpha online course started on January 19th. There’s more information on this page.
Do you have any stories of what God has done recently that you would like to share? It could be a short video or something written. Maybe you have a prayer request. We could include some of these in next week’s service. Please email these to the church office: firstname.lastname@example.org
We would normally have a collection during our service. If you would like to give, you can still do so on-line. Please see our giving page.Give to DCF.
This week’s Notice Sheet
Do you know a DCF Church Member who is not on-line?
Do you know of someone who couldn’t access this service on-line? If so, this week’s notice sheet can be downloaded and printed below. There aren’t any sermon notes this week. Why not phone someone up and explain the message to them instead? Please could you organise the necessary distribution the notice sheet through life groups, but if there are still those without access, please let the DCF office know. Thank you.
Covid-19 community support
The Dawlish Town Council has been working with various community organisations to produce a leaflet. It includes a support network of contact information to help local people during the current COVID-19 pandemic. It is being distributed across Dawlish, door to door from Saturday 21st March. More information, including PDF downloads of leaflets and a link to a dedicated website, can be found on our support during Covid-19 webpage.
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