Service sheet for 9th August 2020

 

The Christian Community of St Giles-on-the-Hill

Sunday 9th August 2020

Ninth Sunday after Trinity

There will be a service of Said Mass today at 10.30 am. We look forward to seeing you at this Mass.
A reminder that face coverings are now required to be worn in places of worship unless you are specifically exempted.
Other details of the ongoing restrictions owing to COVID-19 are contained in the special St Giles web update of
Friday 3rd July and in the regularly updated Church of England pages. Please arrive in good time to familiarise yourself with the social distancing and other arrangements, so that everyone can be seated by 10.25am for the notices. And please remember to bring with you your personal copy of the white Mass booklet that you took home when you last came to St Giles. This is your own copy of the booklet, for you to use during the COVID-19 restrictions. Bring it whenever you attend a Mass at St Giles and then take it home again afterwards. The booklet is also available for download as a pdf file which you can print at home.

Today, we hear how Jesus walks on the waters of Galilee to be with his disciples, struggling in the battering winds of a storm. We worship God, and thank him for his calming presence alongside us in all the difficulties we encounter in our daily lives.

We are continuing to include below the details of the Sung Mass which we would have been celebrating on this Sunday in normal times. However, in our Said Mass in church there will be no hymns or other sung prayers and responses. You may like to look up the readings and the hymns below and reflect on the opening sentences of the Mass.

This week the hymns are from the New English Hymnal. You can click on the titles of the individual hymns to hear recordings. Thank you to our organist Ian Graydon for supplying these links. Details of each hymn are also available on line at Hymnary.org

Introit Hymn 354   Eternal Father, strong to save

Collect
Almighty God,
who sent your Holy Spirit
to be the life and light of your Church:
open our hearts to the riches of your grace,
that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit
in love and joy and peace;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

First Reading   1 Kings 19:9-18

Psalm   85:8-13

Second Reading   Romans 10:5-15

Gospel acclamation   Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Cantors   The word of the Lord endures for ever;
the word of the Lord is the good news announced to you.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Priest   Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew

All   Glory to you, O Lord

Gospel   Matthew 14:22-33

Priest   This is the gospel of the Lord

All   Praise to you, O Christ

Intercessions

Offertory Hymn 433   O Worship the King

Communion Hymn 295   Let all mortal flesh keep silence

Post Communion Prayer
Holy Father,
who gathered us here around the table of your Son
to share this meal with the whole household of God:
in that new world where you reveal the fullness of your peace,
gather people of every race and language
to share in the eternal banquet of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Angelus

Recessional Hymn 427   O Praise ye the Lord!

Next Sunday’s readings: Isaiah 61:10-11; Psalm 45:10-17; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 1:46-55

Rector Canon Darren Thornton (part-time) also UEA Chaplain (day off Monday) 01603 623724 Click to email
Churchwardens Rowena Atkinson (01603 455729)  Bob Emsell (01603 439632)
Newsletter & Traidcraft Kate Baldry (01362 695503)
Click to email

St Giles Twitter  page shares our news, resources and photos day by day. Our particular thanks to Hakan for maintaining and updating this service.
The Facebook pages of Norwich City Churches and Norwich East Deanery are frequently updated with news of many Norwich churches, including St Giles – well worth taking a look.

Notices
From Fr Darren
A Reflection –
How do we hear the voice of God? How open are we to look out for promptings of the Holy Spirit to give us a blessing? Over the last two weeks so many people have made contact with me to say how apt our ‘Encouraging Message’ on our church notice board is. It comes from Isaiah 35 v2 “There will be an abundance of flowers and singing and joy”. I think that verse has meant so much to people at this time because it is a promise of HOPE for the future.
We are all missing singing in church, missing seeing friends, missing all the things we once enjoyed doing, and the verse from Isaiah helps us look forward to that time in which these difficult times will be turned into much joy – a better tomorrow.
The other prompting of the Spirit this last week has been four parishioners and a former parishioner making contact with me to mention the popular Sunday School hymn ‘Count your blessings’ – “Count your blessings, name them one by one and it will remind you of what the Lord has done.” Isn’t it interesting how many people are clinging onto the words of promise and assurance of that lovely, simple hymn? You can hear a beautiful version of the hymn here.
I share all this with you because maybe the Lord is speaking to us through it? Holding on to hope, holding on to God’s blessings, holding on to a time when we will see better days, reminds us that our God is with us in all this. We have not been abandoned but God is holding us in it giving us all his deep, deep Peace and the promise of an abundance of new things to come. Hold on in there! We are missing those who feel that they are still unable to return to church. You have not been forgotten. You must only return when you feel confident and strong enough to do so. In the meantime, let’s all count our blessings and be open to receive more of these blessings which God longs to pour out in this coming week.
Face masks We are now required by the Government to wear face masks while in church. Please could everyone also refrain from singing along with the taped hymns at the Sunday Mass. I know how desperate we all are to sing again but we are trying to reduce the risks and keep safety paramount. Thank you.
Annie Blyth and Tracy Williams, our former ordinands, were ordained as priests on Friday by the Bishop of Thetford. We pray for them and for Raymond and Bev, and send them our love and best wishes from St Giles for their continuing ministry at the St Georges and St Matthew’s respectively. Thanks to Carole Hill for the happy photo!
A Summer Appeal – Parish Summer Raffle We are hoping that our raffle will be able to raise the sum that we would have raised at our Parish Fete if it had not been cancelled. That target is £2000. We will need to sell a lot of raffle tickets to reach that figure!! Can you help to do that? We hope that with whatever you would have spent at the Fete you will buy raffle tickets instead. We need some very generous purchases of raffle tickets each week. We really do need your help. There are some wonderful raffle prizes. We have four Sundays before it is drawn and to reach the target we need to raise £333 each Sunday. Please bring some extra cash / notes to Mass to help. Thank you so much!
Elsie’s marmalades are coming back by popular demand! Do bring some extra cash to church to make your purchases. We hope to have some of the marmalade available very shortly. All monies raised will go to church funds. Thank you Elsie.
Thank you to those who donated bric-a-brac for our summer sales tables. We now have so much stock that we currently don’t need any more donations. Do have a look at the tables when next in church and pick up a bargain.
Advance warning The Harvest Festival Mass (Sunday 13 September 10.30am) will now not be followed by a Bring-and-Share lunch which has sadly had to be cancelled. However please do bring harvest gifts to be passed on to those from the West Pottergate Estate who are in need. Please bring items from the following list: tinned food (especially meats and tuna for sandwich fillings), biscuits, orange / apple juice, coke, crisps, chocolate bars and any items which help families make up a child’s packed lunch. Cleaning items such as polish, bleach, toilet cleaner, and kitchen and bathroom cleaner are also needed. Thank you.
Church opening times
Our current weekly pattern of public worship is:
Sunday 10.30am Mass; Tuesday 12 noon Mass; Friday 10.00am Mass.
Please remember to bring your personal copy of the white Mass booklet with you each time you attend a Mass at St Giles and then take it home with you afterwards. This is your own copy of the booklet for you to use during the COVID-19 restrictions.
The church is also open for private prayer at the following times during the week:
Monday – mid morning to lunchtime
Tuesday- mid morning to 2.30pm (Mass at 12 noon)
Wednesday- mid morning to lunchtime
Thursday – mid morning to lunchtime
Friday- mid morning to lunchtime (Mass at 10.00am)
Saturday – mid morning to lunchtime
A big thank you to our volunteer church stewards for making it possible to open our sacred building for people to come in to light a candle and to pray.
Saying our prayers – thank you to those who have sent and continue to send prayer requests for me to bring to God during the daily offices. It has been a good way to keep in touch and hold you and your situations in prayer. If you have prayer requests do email me, be those prayers of needs or worries or something you want to give thanks to God for. All of our prayer requests matter to the God who has created us. As I pray for you perhaps you would be kind also to pray for me.
The Norwich East Deanery prayer calendar for July to October can be downloaded here. The Norwich Diocese prayer calendar for August is also available – click here. And the Norwich East Deanery Fellowship and Prayer Walk will be taking place on Saturday 22nd August, arriving at the Cathedral Cloister for a prayer and blessing at 12 noon.
Saving Graces is a fortnightly series of interviews by the Revd Canon Susanna Gunner with a range of people who have experienced the last few months of the Covid-19 pandemic in very different ways. Each interview is with a different person: a vicar who has helped co-ordinate food provision, a hospice chaplain, a retail assistant, a headteacher, a priest who has been shielding, and a delivery driver. Broadcast on Radio Norfolk on alternate Sundays at 9.45 am, the interviews are also available now as podcasts.
The Church of England’s
online weekly service today is led from Christ Church, Cambridge, by Rev Dr Lee Gatiss, the Director of Church Society. In his sermon, Lee reflects on God’s kindness and mercy. You can see a trailer of the service here.
Worship on line  It is wonderful that there are so many ways in which we can join in worship on line, with links all over the world! We have carried a selection of links on our weekly notice page since the beginning of lockdown, and these have now been moved to a separate links page. New links will be appearing initially in our regular weekly notice sheet.
The St Giles Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) will be on Sunday 6 September after Mass at 12 noon.
The Heritage Open Days will be taking place in September over a longer period than in previous years – Friday 11 September to Sunday 20 September. We hope to have St Giles open each day from mid-morning to after lunch. There is a form at the back of church with further details. We hope that those who normally open the church will be able to do their slots which will mean that we are able to cover each day. The Bike Ride will take place on Saturday 12 September. Information relating specifically to the 2020 Bike Ride can be found here.
Our thanks to everyone who has responded so generously to our request to continue making your donations to St Giles during this difficult period for churches. You can send a cheque to the Treasurer or pay by means of a standing order from your bank. Please contact John by email for further details.
Visit the Bishop’s Gardens in Norwich – the last of this summer’s Open Days at the Bishop’s Garden in Norwich is today, Sunday 9th August, supporting the National Garden Scheme. Click here for further details including link for booking.
eNews from the Diocese of Norwich is a (usually fortnightly) e-newsletter which contains a snapshot of news, events and resources from the Diocese. It’s free to sign up to, to ensure that you don’t miss the latest information. Everyone with an active role in their church should subscribe! Previous editions are available at the bottom of the eNews page
Just a reminder that you can receive each new page on the St Giles website as soon as it goes live by signing up to receive the posts in your email. Scroll to the bottom of this page and type or paste your email address in the ‘Follow’ box. Alternatively you can contact John by email and ask him to add your name to the list. Either way, you will then receive an email from WordPress asking you to confirm that you want to receive the updates. Click on the ‘Confirm Follow’ button in the email. It will open a WordPress page in your browser with the details of your setup, but you can simply close the page. (It is there just in case you want to change any of the settings listed.)
Traidcraft face masks Fairtrade cotton face masks are in stock at the warehouse and Kate can order them for you. They are priced at £4 and have a ‘nose strip’ which means that they can be secured over your nose, which is especially useful for those of us who wear spectacles and find that other fabric masks cause steaming up of the lenses when you exhale! Unfortunately you can’t specify the colour but if a batch is ordered then there should be a variety of colours to choose from. Kate and John have some which you can see when you next meet. Just give Kate a ring (01362 695503) or click to email.

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Service sheet for 2nd August 2020

The Christian Community of St Giles-on-the-Hill

Sunday 2nd August 2020

Eighth Sunday after Trinity

There will be a service of Said Mass today at 10.30 am. You are strongly advised to wear face masks while in church. Other details of the ongoing restrictions owing to COVID-19 are contained in the special St Giles web update of Friday 3rd July and in the regularly updated Church of England pages. We look forward to seeing you at this Mass. Please arrive in good time to familiarise yourself with the social distancing and other arrangements, so that everyone can be seated by 10.25am for the notices. Please remember to bring with you your personal copy of the white Mass booklet that you took home when you last came to St Giles. This is your own copy of the booklet, for you to use during the COVID-19 restrictions. Bring it whenever you attend a Mass at St Giles and then take it home again afterwards. The booklet is also available for download as a pdf file which you can print at home.

The Gospel today contains one of the best-loved stories about Jesus – his miraculous feeding of a great crowd of hungry people. May we too be fed by Christ in today’s Mass.

A particular welcome back to church today to the people who were advised to shield up to 1st August. We are continuing to include below the details of the Sung Mass which we would have been celebrating on this Sunday in normal times. However, in our Said Mass in church there will be no hymns or other sung prayers and responses. You may like to look up the readings and the hymns below and reflect on the opening sentences of the Mass.

As most people are now able to come to church we are discontinuing the weekly audio-visual recordings of the readings and prayers for the Sunday Mass. Vikkie and Ben and their family have done a wonderful job in creating these videos every week since Palm Sunday 5th April – that’s 17 weeks in total! Our grateful thanks and a huge appreciative virtual round of applause for them for keeping our church and its worship alive in our minds with such inspiration and vigour during this difficult time.

This week the hymns are from the New English Hymnal. You can click on the titles of the individual hymns to hear recordings. Thank you to our organist Ian Graydon for supplying these links. Details of each hymn are also available on line at Hymnary.org

Introit Hymn 415 O for a thousand tongues to sing

Collect

Almighty Lord and everlasting God,
we beseech you to direct, sanctify and govern both our hearts and bodies
in the ways of your laws and the works of your commandments;
that through your most mighty protection, both here and ever,
we may be preserved in body and soul;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

First Reading   Isaiah 55:1-5

Psalm   145:8-9. 15-22

Second Reading   Romans 9:1-5

Gospel acclamation   Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Cantors   The word of the Lord endures for ever;
the word of the Lord is the good news announced to you.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Priest   Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew

All   Glory to you, O Lord

Gospel   Matthew 14:13-21

Priest   This is the gospel of the Lord

All   Praise to you, O Christ

Intercessions

Offertory Hymn 310   We hail thy presence glorious

Communion Hymn 276   Bread of heaven

Post Communion Prayer
Strengthen for service, Lord,
the hands that have taken holy things;
may the ears which have heard your word
be deaf to clamour and dispute;
may the tongues which have sung your praise be free from deceit;
may the eyes which have seen the tokens of your love
shine with the light of hope;
and may the bodies which have been fed with your body
be refreshed with the fullness of your life;
glory to you for ever.

Angelus

Recessional Hymn 368   Guide me, O thou great Redeemer

Next Sunday’s readings:  1 Kings 19:9-18; Psalm 85:8-13; Romans 10:5-15; Matthew 14:22-33

Rector  Canon Darren Thornton (part-time) also UEA Chaplain (day off Monday) 01603 623724  Click to email
Churchwardens  Rowena Atkinson (01603 455729) Bob Emsell (01603 439632)
Newsletter & Traidcraft  Kate Baldry (01362 695503) 
Click to email

St Giles Twitter page shares our news, resources and photos day by day. Our particular thanks to Hakan for maintaining and updating this service.
The Facebook pages of Norwich City Churches and Norwich East Deanery are frequently updated with news of many Norwich churches, including St Giles – well worth taking a look.

Notices
From Fr Darren
Ordinations
Our prayers and thoughts go with Revd Tracy Williams and Revd Annie Blyth (former Ordinands at St Giles) as they are ordained Priests this Friday, 7th August. Owing to the lockdown restrictions the service numbers have been limited and tickets have been issued. We hold Tracy and Annie in our prayers with hearts full of thanksgiving for all they will bring to the kingdom as Priests in God’s Church.
Face masks
You are strongly advised to wear face masks while in church – and we are told by the Government that by next Saturday, 8th August, it will be compulsory. Please could everyone also refrain from singing along with the taped hymns at the Sunday Mass. I know how desperate we all are to sing again but we are trying to reduce the risks and keep safety paramount. Thank you.
A Summer Appeal – Parish Summer Raffle We are hoping that our raffle will be able to raise the sum that we would have raised at our Parish Fete if it had not been cancelled. That target is £2000. We will need to sell a lot of raffle tickets to reach that figure!! Can you help to do that? We hope that with whatever you would have spent at the Fete you will buy raffle tickets instead. We need some very generous purchases of raffle tickets each week. We really do need your help. There are some wonderful raffle prizes. We have five Sundays before it is drawn and to reach the target we need to raise £333 each Sunday. Please bring some extra cash / notes to Mass to help. Thank you so much!
Thank you to St Giles from the office workers who work near the church. Fr Darren has received a Thank You message from those who work near church to say how grateful they have been during the lockdown to come and sit in our beautiful churchyard to eat lunch and escape from the business of the office. The company who sent the card said that the churchyard had been a ‘sanctuary of peace’ for so many and they are really grateful.
Advance warning The Harvest Festival Mass (Sunday 13 September 10.30am) will now not be followed by a Bring-and-Share lunch which has sadly had to be cancelled. However please do bring harvest gifts to be passed on to those from the West Pottergate Estate who are in need. Please bring items from the following list: tinned food (especially meats and tuna for sandwich fillings), biscuits, orange / apple juice, coke, crisps, chocolate bars and any items which help families make up a child’s packed lunch. Cleaning items such as polish, bleach, toilet cleaner, kitchen and bathroom cleaner are also needed. Thank you.
Church opening times
Our current weekly pattern of public worship is:
Sunday 10.30am Mass; Tuesday 12 noon Mass; Friday 10.00am Mass.
Please remember to bring your personal copy of the white Mass booklet with you each time you attend a Mass at St Giles and then take it home with you afterwards. This is your own copy of the booklet for you to use during the COVID-19 restrictions.
The church is also open for private prayer at the following times during the week:
Monday – mid morning to lunchtime
Tuesday- mid morning to lunchtime (Mass at 12 noon)
Wednesday- mid morning to lunchtime
Friday- mid morning to lunchtime (Mass at 10.00am)
Saturday – mid morning to lunchtime
A big thank you to our volunteer church stewards for making it possible to open our sacred building for people to come in to light a candle and to pray.
Saying our prayers – thank you to those who have sent and continue to send prayer requests for me to bring to God during the daily offices. It has been a good way to keep in touch and hold you and your situations in prayer. If you have prayer requests do email me, be those prayers of needs or worries or something you want to give thanks to God for. All of our prayer requests matter to the God who has created us. As I pray for you perhaps you would be kind also to pray for me.
The Norwich East Deanery prayer calendar for July to October can be downloaded here. The Norwich Diocese prayer calendar for August is also available – click here. And the Norwich East Deanery Fellowship and Prayer Walk will be taking place on Saturday 22nd August, arriving at the Cathedral Cloister for a prayer and blessing at 12 noon.
Norwich Cathedral has resumed public worship. Details of the services you can attend can be found here. The cathedral is also continuing to upload services to its YouTube channel through August, which you can access here. You can also listen to the latest service on the telephone by calling 01603 537577.
Saving Graces is a fortnightly series of interviews by the Revd Canon Susanna Gunner with a range of people who have experienced the last few months of the Covid-19 pandemic in very different ways. Each interview is with a different person: a vicar who has helped co-ordinate food provision, a hospice chaplain, a retail assistant, a headteacher, a priest who has been shielding, and a delivery driver. Broadcast on Radio Norfolk on alternate Sundays at 9.45 am, the interviews are also available now as podcasts.
The Church of England’s
online weekly service today comes from Norfolk, specifically from the Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. Fr Kevin Smith presides at the Mass, with Bishop Philip North preaching on how Jesus feeds us so that we can go and feed a hungry world. The music is provided by CJM and the prayers are led by the Holborn Group. The order of service can be downloaded here.
Worship on line  It is wonderful that there are so many ways in which we can join in worship on line, with links all over the world! We have carried a selection of links on our weekly notice page since the beginning of lockdown, and these have now been moved to a separate links page. New links will appearing initially in our regular weekly notice sheet.
The Sunday Hope podcast from the Diocese of Norwich is taking a break during August and will return in September in partnership with the Cathedral.
The St Giles Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) will be on Sunday 6 September after Mass at 12 noon.
The Heritage Open Days will be taking place in September over a longer period than in previous years – Friday 11 September to Sunday 20 September. We hope to have St Giles open each day from mid-morning to after lunch. There is a form at the back of church with further details. We hope that those who normally open the church will be able to do their slots which will mean that we are able to cover each day. The Bike Ride will take place on Saturday 12 September. Information relating specifically to the 2020 Bike Ride can be found here.
Monthly charitable giving Despite our regular offertory not coming in we are responding in faith to support our monthly charities, as chosen by the PCC for support during this year. Please do send in your giving to St Giles via our Treasurer John so that we can continue our donations to these charities, especially in this time when many charities are anxious about the future. During 2020 we are supporting: The Matthew Project (Jan); The Samaritans (Feb); Water Aid (Mar); The Pilgrimage Trust (Apr); Christian Aid (May); MIND (June); The Magdalene Group (July); The Children’s Society (Aug); The John Aves Education Project (Sept); The Church Army (Oct); the West Pottergate Estate (Nov); St Martin’s Housing (Dec). With increases in the Parish Share many churches no longer give to charities, but at St Giles we are still seeking to make donations (from PCC funds and your individual donations) to support their work, and we can continue to do so while your giving to St Giles continues. Thank you.
Our thanks to everyone who has responded so generously to our request to continue making your donations to St Giles during this difficult period for churches. You can send a cheque to the Treasurer or pay by means of a standing order from your bank. Please contact John by email for further details.
Visit the Bishop’s Gardens in Norwich – the Bishop’s Garden in of Norwich will be open on 2 and 9 August. Click here for details, where you can also download a leaflet.
eNews from the Diocese of Norwich is a (usually fortnightly) e-newsletter which contains a snapshot of news, events and resources from the Diocese. It’s free to sign up to, to ensure that you don’t miss the latest information. Everyone with an active role in their church should subscribe! Previous editions are available at the bottom of the page here.
Traidcraft face masks Fairtrade cotton face masks are in stock at the warehouse and Kate can order them for you. They are priced at £4 and have a ‘nose strip’ which means that they can be secured over your nose, which is especially useful for those of us who wear spectacles and find that other fabric masks cause steaming up of the lenses when you exhale! Unfortunately you can’t specify the colour but if a batch is ordered then there should be a variety of colours to choose from. Kate has one which you can see when you next meet. Just give her a ring (01362 695503) or click to email.

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Service sheet for 26th July 2020

The Christian Community of St Giles-on-the-Hill

Sunday 26th July 2020

Seventh Sunday after Trinity

There will be a service of Said Mass today at 10.30 am. You are strongly advised to wear face masks while in church. Other details of the ongoing restrictions owing to COVID-19 are contained in the special web update of Friday 3rd July. We look forward to seeing you at this Mass. Please arrive in good time to familiarise yourself with the social distancing and other arrangements, so that everyone can be seated by 10.25am for the notices. Please remember to bring with you your personal copy of the white Mass booklet that you took home when you last came to St Giles. This is your own copy of the booklet, for you to use during the COVID-19 restrictions. Bring it whenever you attend a Mass at St Giles and then take it home again afterwards. The booklet is also available for download as a pdf file which you can print at home.

We meet to worship God, whose wisdom is beyond all understanding, whose love is without end, and whose kingdom is open to all.

We are continuing to include online the details of the Sung Mass which we would have been celebrating on this Sunday in normal times. This is particularly for those of you who have been notified in writing that you are vulnerable and should still be shielding until next Sunday 2nd August. In our Said Mass in church there will be no hymns or other sung prayers and responses. You may like to look up the readings and the hymns below and reflect on the opening sentences of the Mass.

Vikkie and Ben are continuing their weekly audio-visual recording of the readings and prayers for the Sunday Mass. The complete video is available on YouTube here and includes readings of the Collect, first and second Lessons, the Gospel, Intercessions and the Lord’s Prayer, the Post Communion prayer and the Angelus. Our grateful thanks to Vikkie and Ben for their ongoing commitment to keeping us in touch with our church and our worship in this inspiring way.

Thanks also to Julia for the lovely photo, taken during the week, of the St Giles wisteria as it continues to bloom in the summer sunshine.

This week the hymns are from the New English Hymnal. You can click on the titles of the individual hymns to hear recordings. Thank you to our organist Ian Graydon for supplying these links. Details of each hymn are also available on line at Hymnary.org

Introit Hymn 335   All praise to thee, for thou, O King divine

Collect
Lord of all power and might,
the author and giver of all good things:
graft in our hearts the love of your name,
increase in us true religion,
nourish us with all goodness,
and of your great mercy keep us in the same;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

First Reading   1 Kings 3:5-12

Psalm   119:129-136

Second Reading   Romans 8:26-39

Gospel acclamation   Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Cantors   Welcome with meekness the implanted word
that has the power to save your souls.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Priest   Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew

All   Glory to you, O Lord

Gospel   Matthew 13:31-33. 44-52

Priest   This is the gospel of the Lord

All   Praise to you, O Christ

Intercessions

Offertory Hymn 495   God is working his purpose out

Communion Hymn 295   Let all mortal flesh keep silence

Post Communion Prayer
Lord God, whose Son is the true vine and the source of life,
ever giving himself that the world may live:
may we so receive within ourselves
the power of his death and passion
that, in his saving cup,
we may share his glory and be made perfect in his love;
for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

Angelus

Recessional Hymn 424   O love divine, how sweet thou art!

Next Sunday’s readings: Isaiah 55:1-5; Psalm 145:8-9. 15-22; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:13-21

Rector  Canon Darren Thornton (part-time) also UEA Chaplain (day off Monday) 01603 623724  Click to email
Churchwardens  Rowena Atkinson (01603 455729) Bob Emsell (01603 439632)
Newsletter & Traidcraft  Kate Baldry (01362 695503) 
Click to email

St Giles Twitter page shares our news, resources and photos day by day. Our particular thanks to Hakan for maintaining and updating this service.
The Facebook pages of Norwich City Churches and Norwich East Deanery are frequently updated with news of many Norwich churches, including St Giles – well worth taking a look.

Notices
From Fr Darren
Face masks
As from Sunday you are strongly advised to wear face masks while in church. Please could everyone also refrain from singing along with the taped hymns at the Sunday Mass. I know how desperate we all are to sing again but we are trying to reduce the risks and keep safety paramount. Thank you.
A Summer Appeal – Parish Summer Raffle We are hoping that our raffle will be able to raise the sum that we would have raised at our Parish Fete if it had not been cancelled. That target is £2000. We will need to sell a lot of raffle tickets to reach that figure!! Can you help to do that? We hope that with whatever you would have spent at the Fete you will buy raffle tickets instead. We need some very generous purchases of raffle tickets each week. We really do need your help. There are some wonderful raffle prizes. We have six Sundays before it is drawn and to reach the target we need to raise £333 each Sunday. Please bring some extra cash / notes to Mass to help. Thank you so much!
Thank you to St Giles from the office workers who work near the church. Fr Darren has received a Thank You message from those who work near church to say how grateful they have been during the lockdown to come and sit in our beautiful churchyard to eat lunch and escape from the business of the office. The company who sent the card said that the churchyard had been a ‘sanctuary of peace’ for so many and they are really grateful.
Advance warning The Harvest Festival Mass (Sunday 13 September 10.30am) will now not be followed by a Bring-and-Share lunch which has sadly had to be cancelled. However please do bring harvest gifts to be passed on to those from the West Pottergate Estate who are in need. Please bring items from the following list: tinned food (especially meats and tuna for sandwich fillings), biscuits, orange / apple juice, coke, crisps, chocolate bars and any items which help families make up a child’s packed lunch. Cleaning items such as polish, bleach, toilet cleaner, kitchen and bathroom cleaner are also needed. Thank you.
Church opening times
Our current weekly pattern of public worship is:
Sunday 10.30am Mass; Tuesday 12 noon Mass; Friday 10.00am Mass.
Please remember to bring your personal copy of the white Mass booklet with you each time you attend a Mass at St Giles and then take it home with you afterwards. This is your own copy of the booklet for you to use during the COVID-19 restrictions.
The church will additionally be open for private prayer at the following times during the week:
Monday – mid morning to lunchtime
Tuesday- mid morning to lunchtime (Mass at 12 noon)
Wednesday- mid morning to lunchtime
Friday- mid morning to lunchtime (Mass at 10.00am)
Saturday – mid morning to lunchtime
A big thank you to our volunteer church stewards for making it possible to open our sacred building for people to come in to light a candle and to pray.
The Revd Maggie Diffey has decided that the time has come for her to ‘slow down’ a bit and so she will not be celebrating at our Tuesday Masses. We thank Revd Maggie for all that she has brought to St Giles, for her faithful ministry amongst us and for helping Fr Darren out. Revd Maggie, we hope that we shall see you in our congregation from time to time, and on behalf of us all a big Thank You for all that you have done.
Saying our prayers – thank you to those who have sent and continue to send prayer requests for me to bring to God during the daily offices. It has been a good way to keep in touch and hold you and your situations in prayer. If you have prayer requests do email me, be those prayers of needs or worries or something you want to give thanks to God for. All of our prayer requests matter to the God who has created us. As I pray for you perhaps you would be kind also to pray for me.
The Norwich East Deanery prayer calendar for July to October can be downloaded here. The Norwich Diocese prayer calendar for July is also available – click here. And the Norwich East Deanery Fellowship and Prayer Walk will be taking place on Saturday 22nd August, arriving at the Cathedral Cloister for a prayer and blessing at 12 noon. Click for poster with further details.
Norwich Cathedral has resumed public worship. Details of the services you can attend can be found here. The cathedral is also continuing to upload services to its YouTube channel throughout July, which you can access here. You can also listen to the latest service on the telephone by calling 01603 537577.
Saving Graces is a new series of interviews on Radio Norfolk with a range of people who have experienced the last few months of the Covid-19 pandemic in very different ways. Broadcast on Radio Norfolk at 9.45 am, it is also available now as a podcast.
Worship on line It is wonderful that there are so many ways in which we can join in worship on line, with links all over the world! We have carried a selection of links on our weekly notice page since the beginning of lockdown, and these have now been moved to a separate links page. New links will appearing initially in our regular weekly notice sheet.
The Sunday Hope podcast from the Diocese of Norwich is led today from the Cathedral by the Dean of Norwich the Very Revd Jane Hedges. Tomorrow, 27th July, is Norfolk Day, so the theme of the worship today is the county of Norfolk.
The Church of England’s online weekly service today is from Holy Trinity, Brussels, in the Diocese in Europe. The service reflects on the theme that nothing can separate us from the love of God. The order of service can be downloaded here.
The St Giles Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) will be on Sunday 6 September after Mass at 12 noon.
The Heritage Open Days will be taking place in September over a longer period than in previous years – Friday 11 September to Sunday 20 September. We hope to have St Giles open each day from mid-morning to after lunch. There is a form at the back of church with further details. We hope that those who normally open the church will be able to do their slots which will mean that we are able to cover each day. The Bike Ride will take place on Saturday 12 September. Information relating specifically to the 2020 Bike Ride can be found here.
Monthly charitable giving Despite our regular offertory not coming in we are responding in faith to support our monthly charities, as chosen by the PCC for support during this year. Please do send in your giving to St Giles via our Treasurer John so that we can continue our donations to these charities, especially in this time when many charities are anxious about the future. During 2020 we are supporting: The Matthew Project (Jan); The Samaritans (Feb); Water Aid (Mar); The Pilgrimage Trust (Apr); Christian Aid (May); MIND (June); The Magdalene Group (July); The Children’s Society (Aug); The John Aves Education Project (Sept); The Church Army (Oct); the West Pottergate Estate (Nov); St Martin’s Housing (Dec). With increases in the Parish Share many churches no longer give to charities, but at St Giles we are still seeking to make donations (from PCC funds and donations in the charity display box) to support their work, and we can continue to do so while your giving to St Giles continues. Thank you.
Our thanks to everyone who has responded so generously to our request to continue making your donations to St Giles during this difficult period for churches. You can send a cheque to the Treasurer or pay by means of a standing order from your bank. Please contact John by email for further details.
Visit the Bishop’s Gardens in Norwich – the Bishop’s Garden in of Norwich will be open on Sunday 26 July and 2 and 9 August. Click here for details, where you can also download a leaflet.
eNews from the Diocese of Norwich is a weekly e-newsletter which contains a snapshot of news, events and resources from the Diocese. It’s free to sign up to, to ensure that you don’t miss the latest information. Everyone with an active role in their church should subscribe! The current issue includes information about the special drive-in service next Sunday 2 August at 1pm, at the Norfolk Showground in Easton, organised as part of the Celebrate Mission Strategy stream. There is also a fascinating quiz about the diocese by Anastasia Moskvina, Historic Church Building Support Officer for you and your family to enjoy over the summer break, covering topics from architecture to historical figures, music to hidden treasures in our church buildings.
Traidcraft face masks Fairtrade cotton face masks are in stock at the warehouse and Kate can order them for you. They are priced at £4 and have a ‘nose strip’ which means that they can be secured over your nose, which is especially useful for those of us who wear spectacles and find that other fabric masks cause steaming up of the lenses when you exhale! Unfortunately, you can’t specify the colour but if a batch is ordered then there should be a variety of colours to choose from. They had 2000 in stock when Kate rang on Friday afternoon. She has one which you can see when you next meet. Just give her a ring (01362 695503) or click to email.

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Service sheet for 19th July 2020

The Christian Community of St Giles-on-the-Hill

Sunday 19th July 2020

Sixth Sunday after Trinity

There will be a service of Low Mass today at 10.30 am. Full details of the ongoing restrictions owing to COVID-19 are detailed in the special web update of Friday 3rd July. We look forward to seeing you at this Mass. Please arrive in good time to familiarise yourself with the social distancing and other arrangements, so that everyone can be seated by 10.25am for the notices. Please remember to bring with you your personal copy of the white Mass booklet that you took home when you last came to St Giles. This is your own copy of the booklet, for you to use during the COVID-19 restrictions. Bring it whenever you attend a Mass at St Giles and then take it home again afterwards. The booklet is also available for download as a pdf file which you can print at home.

God has gathered us into a community of care and worship. As we come together to praise God, author of a good creation, we are a community ready to help each other through hard times and celebrate together in good times. Let us worship with love, thanksgiving and praise.

We are continuing to include online the details of the High Mass which we would have been celebrating on this Sunday in normal times. This is particularly for those of you who have been notified in writing that you are vulnerable and should still be shielding until Sunday 2nd August. In our Low Mass in church there will be no hymns or other sung prayers and responses. You may like to look up the readings and the hymns below and reflect on the opening sentences of the Mass.

Vikkie and Ben are continuing their weekly audio-visual recording of the readings and prayers for the Sunday Mass. The complete video is available on YouTube here and includes readings of the Collect, first and second Lessons, the Gospel, Intercessions and the Lord’s Prayer, the Post Communion prayer and the Angelus. Our thanks to Vikkie and Ben for their ongoing commitment to keeping us in touch with our church and our worship in this thoughtful and encouraging way.

This week the hymns are from the New English Hymnal. You can click on the titles of the individual hymns to hear recordings. Thank you to our organist Ian Graydon for supplying these links. Details of each hymn are also available on line at Hymnary.org

Introit Hymn 333   All my hope on God is founded

Collect
Merciful God,
you have prepared for those who love you
such good things as pass our understanding:
pour into our hearts such love toward you
that we, loving you in all things and above all things,
may obtain your promises,
which exceed all that we can desire;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

First Reading   Isaiah 44:6-8

Psalm   86:11-17

Second Reading   Romans 8:12-25

Gospel acclamation   Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Cantors   We do not live by bread alone;
But by every word that comes from the mouth of God.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Priest   Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew

All   Glory to you, O Lord

Gospel   Matthew 13:24-30. 36-43

Priest   This is the gospel of the Lord

All   Praise to you, O Christ

Intercessions

Offertory Hymn 271   Alleluya, sing to Jesus

Communion Hymn 293   Jesus, our Master, on the night that they came  (tune only)

Post Communion Prayer
God of our pilgrimage,
you have led us to the living water:
refresh and sustain us
as we go forward on our journey,
in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Angelus

Recessional Hymn 336 Angel-voices ever singing

Next Sunday’s readings: 1 Kings 3:5-12; Psalm 119:129-136; Romans 8:26-39; Matthew 13:31-33. 44-52

Rector  Canon Darren Thornton (part-time) also UEA Chaplain (day off Monday) 01603 623724  Click to email
Churchwardens  Rowena Atkinson (01603 455729) Bob Emsell (01603 439632)
Newsletter & Traidcraft  Kate Baldry (01362 695503) 
Click to email

St Giles Twitter page shares our news, resources and photos day by day. Our particular thanks to Hakan for maintaining and updating this service.
The Facebook pages of Norwich City Churches and Norwich East Deanery are frequently updated with news of many Norwich churches, including St Giles – well worth taking a look.

Notices
From Fr Darren
Urgent help needed!
The Parish Fete has sadly been cancelled. Instead we are going to have a bumper raffle that will be drawn after the St Giles Day Mass on Sunday 30 August to raise much needed funds for our church. We need your help! It would not be right to go to businesses in the Parish to ask them to donate a raffle prize in the current economic situation. Instead I would like to go to those businesses and purchase something from them for a raffle prize. In that way we will be supporting local businesses as well as raising much needed funds for the church. If you can help then please can you leave a cash donation in the post tray, in an envelope marked ‘For the attention of Fr Darren’, by this Sunday 19 July. The raffle will be launched the following Sunday 26 July so please get your donations to me before that date! Any donations you can spare will really help us buy some nice things for the raffle and so support both the church and the Parish at the same time. Thank you!
The Revd Maggie Diffey
has decided that the time has come for her to ‘slow down’ a bit and so she will not be celebrating at our Tuesday Masses. We thank Revd Maggie for all that she has brought to St Giles, for her faithful ministry amongst us and for helping Fr Darren out. Revd Maggie, we hope that we shall see you in our congregation from time to time, and on behalf of us all a big Thank You for all that you have done.
Public worship  Since Sunday 5th July we have been introducing a ‘gentle’ return to church. It is really important that we can keep everyone safe and, as we ease our way back, we will all grow in confidence to return to normal. Slowly, steadily and safely are the watchwords that Bishop Graham is encouraging us to use, as we re-open our churches to enable public worship to take place.
Church opening times  Our current weekly pattern of public worship is:
Sunday 10.30am Mass; Tuesday 12 noon Mass; Friday 10.00am Mass.
Please remember to bring your personal copy of the white Mass booklet with you each time you attend a Mass at St Giles and then take it home with you afterwards. This is your own copy of the booklet for you to use during the COVID-19 restrictions.
The church will additionally be open for private prayer at the following times during the week:
Monday – mid morning to lunchtime
Tuesday- mid morning to lunchtime (Mass at 12 noon)
Wednesday- mid morning to lunchtime
Friday- mid morning to lunchtime (Mass at 10.00am)
Saturday – mid morning to lunchtime
A big thank you to our volunteer church stewards for making it possible to open our sacred building for people to come in to light a candle and to pray.
Saying our prayers – thank you to those who have sent and continue to send prayer requests for me to bring to God during the daily offices. It has been a good way to keep in touch and hold you and your situations in prayer. If you have prayer requests do email me, be those prayers of needs or worries or something you want to give thanks to God for. All of our prayer requests matter to the God who has created us. As I pray for you perhaps you would be kind also to pray for me.
The Norwich East Deanery prayer calendar for July to October can be downloaded here. The Norwich Diocese prayer calendar for July is also available – click here.
Norwich Cathedral has resumed public worship. Details of the services you can attend can be found here. The cathedral is also continuing to upload services to its YouTube channel throughout July, which you can access here. You can also listen to the latest service on the telephone by calling 01603 537577.
Saving Graces is a new series of interviews on Radio Norfolk with a range of people who have experienced the last few months of the Covid-19 pandemic in very different ways. Broadcast on Radio Norfolk at 9.45 am, it is also available now as a podcast.
Worship on line It is wonderful that there are so many ways in which we can join in worship on line, with links all over the world! We have carried a selection of links on our weekly notice page since the beginning of lockdown, and these have now been moved to a separate links page. New links will appearing initially in our regular weekly notice sheet.
This Sunday 19th July the Sunday Hope podcast from the Diocese of Norwich is led by Canon Keith James, Continuing Ministerial Development Officer for the Diocese.
In the Church of England’s online weekly service this Sunday students from the Eastern Region Ministry Course (ERMC) and Ridley Hall in Cambridge and St Hild College in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, will explore what it means to minister through the Covid-19 pandemic. The order of service can be downloaded here.
The Norfolk Day / Pride Coffee Morning on Sat 25 July at St Giles has sadly had to be cancelled.
The St Giles Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) will now be on Sunday 6 September after Mass at 12 noon.
The Heritage Open Days will be taking place in September over a longer period than in previous years – Friday 11 September to Sunday 20 September. We hope to have St Giles open each day from mid-morning to after lunch. There is a form at the back of church with further details. We hope that those who normally open the church will be able to do their slots which will mean that we are able to cover each day. The Bike Ride will take place on Saturday 12 September. Information relating specifically to the 2020 Bike Ride can be found here.
Monthly charitable giving Despite our regular offertory not coming in we are responding in faith to support our monthly charities, as chosen by the PCC for support during this year. Please do send in your giving to St Giles via our Treasurer John so that we can continue our donations to these charities, especially in this time when many charities are anxious about the future. During 2020 we are supporting: The Matthew Project (Jan); The Samaritans (Feb); Water Aid (Mar); The Pilgrimage Trust (Apr); Christian Aid (May); MIND (June); The Magdalene Group (July); The Children’s Society (Aug); The John Aves Education Project (Sept); The Church Army (Oct); the West Pottergate Estate (Nov); St Martin’s Housing (Dec). With increases in the Parish Share many churches no longer give to charities, but at St Giles we are still seeking to make donations (from PCC funds and donations in the charity display box) to support their work, and we can continue to do so while your giving to St Giles continues. Thank you.
Our thanks to everyone who has responded so generously to our request to continue making your donations to St Giles during this difficult period for churches. You can send a cheque to the Treasurer or pay by means of a standing order from your bank. Please contact John by email for further details.
Visit the Bishop’s Gardens in Norwich – the Bishop’s Garden in of Norwich will be open on Sunday 26 July and 2 and 9 August. Click here for details, where you can also download a leaflet.
eNews from the Diocese of Norwich is a weekly e-newsletter which contains a snapshot of news, events and resources from the Diocese. It’s free to sign up to, to ensure that you don’t miss the latest information. Everyone with an active role in their church should subscribe! The current issue includes links to a report of Bishop Graham’s pilgrimage from Norwich to Walsingham last week. Photos are here.
Traidcraft The warehouse in Gateshead has been busy during lockdown. Staff are working ‘socially distanced’ getting orders together. It just takes a little longer for the deliveries to arrive. You may have missed your Traidcraft goodies so it is good news that Kate can put an order together for you. You may want to collect it when you visit St Giles or Kate can deliver to your door if you are still staying at home. Kate can also look out craft and clothing items for you (bamboo socks are on offer at the moment) or greetings cards. Just give Kate a ring (01362 695503)or click to email.

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