Richard advised me to get any Holy Week hymns in early, for worship leaders doing pre-planning. Here is the first - for Palm Sunday.
Jesus goes from Jericho,
behind him Bartimaeus;
next stop, town of Bethany,
the last will be Emmaus.
Praise to Jesus - wave your palms! -
masterful in meekness,
Prince of Peace who comes unarmed
and wins the world through weakness!
Jesus near Jerusalem
and looks upon the city,
sees it won’t give peace a chance
and weeps a tear of pity.
Jesus sends two friends ahead
to get a donkey ready;
at the city gates the mood
is cheerful, charged and heady.
Jesus enters on the colt,
the crowd goes wild with cheering,
waving branches, spreading cloaks,
no hint of mutineering.
Jesus sees some Pharisees,
their faces pursed and pouting;
“Were the people dumb,” he says,
“the pavement would be shouting!”
So begins the Holy Week,
a day of benediction;
who would ever have believed
by Friday - crucifixion.
(Tune: Yankoo Doodle went to town)