The Christian Community of St Giles-on-the-Hill
welcomes you to worship with them on
Sunday 18th February 2018
First Sunday of Lent
We come to the Lord today in humility and trust, asking him to look upon us and upon our world in compassion and love for all his people.
There is a retiring collection today, and every Sunday during Lent, to support Water Aid and the Diocesan Lent Project (see Lent leaflet). Lent is a time for almsgiving so please give generously.
10.30am Sung Eucharist The service is set out in the white service booklet. The collect and readings are to be found overleaf. Hymns from the New English Hymnal.
Introit Hymn 507 Hear us, O Lord, have mercy upon us
Gospel acclamation Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory
Cantors The Lord is a great God, O that you would listen to his voice:
Harden not your hearts.
Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory
Priest Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark
All Glory to you, O Lord
Gospel Mark 1:9-15
Priest This is the gospel of the Lord
All Praise to you, O Christ
Offertory Hymn 302 O Thou, who at thy Eucharist didst pray
Communion Hymn 276 Bread of heaven, on thee we feed
Recessional Hymn 67 Forty days and forty nights
Organ Voluntary Bach – Christus, der uns selig macht
ASSISTANTS AT THE EUCHARIST
Sidespersons Dot and Rodney Head 1st Reading Rhiannon Wassell 2nd Reading Nigel Simpson Intercessions Diana Lamb Chalice John Baldry Organist Ian Graydon Servers Vikkie Shread and John Baldry Churchwarden Rowena Atkinson
Next Sunday’s readings; Genesis 17:1-7. 15-16; Psalm 22:22-30; Romans4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38
Deanery Prayer Calendar: St Andrew, Norwich – Clergy: Martin Young, William Warren; Outreach worker: Jonathan Piesse. Norwich University of Arts – Chaplain: Martin Young. Besom Charity: Sophie Kozmian-Ledward. Transforming Norwich.
2018 motto text “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Cor 12:19
Rector and Rural Dean of Norwich East Canon Darren Thornton, part-time, also Chaplain at UEA 01603 623724 firstname.lastname@example.org – day off on Monday
Parish Ordinands Annie Blyth and Tracy Williams (Ordinand at St Matthew’s, Thorpe Hamlet)
Churchwardens Rowena Atkinson (01603 455729) and Bob Emsell (01603 439632)
Newsletter and Traidcraft Kate Baldry (01362 695503) email@example.com
https://stgileschurch.wordpress.com Twitter @stgilesnorwich Music Repro. Licence 990580
DIARY FOR THE WEEK
Tuesday 20 February 12 noon Noon Prayers led by Churchwarden Rowena Atkinson
Wednesday 21 February 6.30pm West Pottergate Community Meeting at the Chapel
Our reps are Fr Darren, Annie Blyth and John Marsters
Thursday 22 February 7.30pm Interesting Talk by Dr Clive Wilkins-Jones (see below)
Friday 23 February 10.00am Said Mass Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, 155
5.30pm Evensong at the Cathedral to celebrate Bishop Graham’s 25th anniversary of being a Bishop in the Church of God. All are welcome!
Sunday 25 February Second Sunday of Lent 10.30am Sung Parish Mass
We welcome any newcomers to our church today. Do make yourself known to the priest or the churchwardens. If you normally receive communion in your own church, you are welcome to do so here. If you are not a communicant, please come to the altar for a blessing, holding your service book.
Large print weekly pew sheets from Redemptorist are now available. Do ask if you require a copy.
Apologies from Fr Darren He will not be at the door to say goodbye after Mass. There is a local Derby taking place and kick-off is at 12 noon! It’s going to be a quick cycle down to Carrow Road.
The Christian Aid ‘Count Your Blessings’ form is inside your newsletter today. Please do take this home with you and return your money to our Christian Aid rep Lindsey Green at the end of Lent.
Thursday’s Interesting Talk (see above) at 7.30pm is by Dr Clive Wilkins-Jones. He will talk on “A little-known history of Norwich, commissioned in 1575 by an ailing Archbishop Matthew Parker”.
Lent leaflet Spare copies of our Lent leaflet are available from the back of church.
Ecumenical Lent course Retired Norfolk magistrate, author and Norwich Quaker John Myhill is leading a six week Ecumenical Lent course, open to all, to consider some of the difficult passages from the Gospels and what they have to say to us today. John Myhill has, in previous years, led Ecumenical Lent groups at Norwich Cathedral, St Stephen’s Church and the Church of St Peter Mancroft as well as the Quaker Meeting House. This year starting on Wednesday, February 14, 10.30am-12.15pm (but no meeting on March 21) at Upper Goat Lane Quaker Meeting House, Norwich NR2 1EW. John will lead a series on ‘What do the Gospels have to say to us today?’. He says: “I hope we will look at the passages people usually find difficult or problematic, or those they simply dismiss or avoid. I can offer plenty of these for discussion, but hope members of the group will bring their own pile of rejects. We will concentrate on those “hard” passages, sharing our thoughts on what they might have to say to us today. We all have that of God within us, and all views will be listened to equally.”
Each week John will offer a theme as follows:
Wednesday, February 14, 10.30am-12.15pm: Are the miracles best read as parables?
Wednesday, February 21, 10.30am-12.15pm: Are Christians really expected to do what Jesus says?
Wednesday, February 28, 10.30am-12.15pm: Can the apparent contradictions between the four Gospels add to our understanding?
Wednesday, March 7: Sin, Suffering, Hell and a vengeful God?
Wednesday, March 14, 10.30am-12.15pm: Children, Madness and the Kingdom of Heaven.
Wednesday March 21, No meeting
Wednesday, March 28, 10.30am-12.15pm: What is the Core Message of the Gospels?
Everyone is welcome and there is no need to let John know you are coming in advance. Do feel free to contact John for further details on john.myhill1948 It is good if you can come to all of the meetings but better to come along for some than none at all. Please note there will be no group on March 21.
Bible Study group We are continuing in Mark’s Gospel. How about joining us for our meetings during Lent? These will be on Mondays at 7.30pm on 26 Feb at 40 Havelock Road and 19 March at 37 Havelock Road. Please speak to Karen Kiddell for more details – you will be most welcome!
Our February Charity is Water Aid. Please look at the board at the back of church to find out more.
Do you consider yourself to be a ‘member’ of St Giles Church? Are you on our Church Electoral Roll? If you have worshipped with us for longer than 6 months and are not on our membership list then do ask our Electoral Roll Officer, Carole Hill, for a form so that your name can be added. The deadline for new names is next Sunday 25 February. If you are not sure whether you are on the list, or if your details have changed, then do speak to Carole, so she can check her master copy. After 25 February no new names can be added until after the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM). You may also like to consider joining our scheme for regular giving (see our Treasurer, John Baldry).
The APCM is on Sunday 18 March (Passion Sunday) at 12 noon and will be followed by a lunch at 1.00pm (details to follow). Nomination forms for the 3 vacancies on the PCC and for Churchwardens and Deputy Churchwardens are at the back of church. These must be in by 25 February. If you are considering putting yourself forward for one of these posts, please speak to Fr Darren first.
The Parish Lunch is also on Sunday 18 March at The Coach and Horses in Bethel Street at 12.30pm to eat at 1.00pm. For details see the form at the back of church – please sign the list and pay Treasurer John Baldry by Sunday 4 March at the very latest to secure your booking. Thank you.
Confirmation The next opportunity for Confirmation will be in the Cathedral on Easter Eve, Saturday 31 March by the Lord Bishop of Norwich. If you are interested, then please speak to Fr Darren a.s.a.p.
Deanery Outing to Cromer Are you coming to join us on 10 July? It is already half full! Those who came last year had a wonderful evening. Please pick up a leaflet from the back of church and make your payment to secure your theatre seat.
Fairtrade Easter Eggs are available to order from Kate – see catalogues at the back of Church.