Notices for Sunday 24th January 2021

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

Sunday 24th January 2021

Third Sunday of Epiphany

Following a Pastoral letter from the Bishop of Norwich, the Mass will not take place at St Giles until further notice owing to the Covid-19 situation.
The Churchwardens will continue to open the church occasionally for private prayers and visiting pilgrims but that may not be weekly as the weather is so cold and the church is colder! COVID-19 restrictions are regularly updated on the
Church of England pages. Masks must be worn by everyone in the church and social distancing must be observed at all times.

Jesus was a great miracle worker and even today he is still performing miracles, for Christ is busy transforming lives. So let us come together to worship our dynamic God, encouraged in the knowledge that he does not leave us as we are but wants to change us from within.

“Let us run with the stars and offer gifts with the Magi…with shepherds let us glorify Him, with angels sing hymns, with archangels join in chorus…let us travel through the life of Christ that we may be born afresh in Him.” St Gregory Nazianzen

We are continuing to include below the details of the Sung Mass which we would have been celebrating on this Sunday in normal times. You may like to look up the readings and the hymns below and reflect on the opening sentences of the Mass.

This week our 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

The photo above shows the view of Norwich to the west from the top of the church tower. It was taken by Raymond Scott on 14th November 2009.

Introit Hymn 56   Songs of thankfulness and praise

Gloria

Collect
Almighty God,
whose Son revealed in signs and miracles
the wonder of your saving presence:
renew your people with your heavenly grace,
and in all our weakness
sustain us by your mighty power;
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   Genesis 14:17-20

Psalm 128

Second Reading   Revelation 19:6-10

Gospel acclamation   Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Cantors   Christ was revealed in flesh, proclaimed among the nations:
And believed in throughout the world

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

All   Glory to you, O Lord

Gospel   John 2:1-11

Priest   This is the gospel of the Lord

All   Praise to you, O Christ

Homily  Fr Peter Varney

Creed

Intercessions

Offertory Hymn 484   The Church’s one foundation

Communion Hymn 369   Happy are they, they that love God

Post Communion Prayer
Almighty Father,
whose Son our Saviour Jesus Christ is the light of the world:
may your people,
illumined by your word and sacraments,
shine with the radiance of his glory,
that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed
to the ends of the earth;
for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

Angelus

Recessional Hymn 440   Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation

Next Sunday’s readings for Candlemas: Malachi 3:1-5; Psalm 24; Hebrews 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-40

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

Church opening times for private prayer
The Churchwardens will open the church for private prayer on Tuesdays and Saturdays, mid-morning to lunchtime.

Dates for January / February
Our January charity       The Church Urban Fund
Monday 25 January        The Conversion of Paul. We also today remember the soul of Fr John Aves, priest, who died in the Holy Land in 2004. May John rest in peace and rise in glory.
Sunday 31 January           Candlemas
                                             World Leprosy Day
Our February charity      Norwich Samaritans
Sunday 7 February           Homily on line – Fr David
Tuesday 16 February       Shrove Tuesday
Wednesday 17 February  Ash Wednesday – no evening Mass (cancelled)
Sunday 21 February         First Sunday of Lent
Sunday 28 February         Homily on line – Fr Peter

NOTICES
From Fr Darren
Very regretfully we shall not be meeting for worship at St Giles until further notice, owing to the Covid-19 epidemic. As soon as we can open, we will let you know.
Fr Peter Varney had been going to give the homily today, and he has kindly provided the text which you can download here. The homily is illustrated by one of Fr Peter’s paintings which he has included in the file.
The most important thing at the present time is that you remain safe and are extra careful. I will be holding you all in my prayers as I have a daily Mass for our community. If you have a specific prayer request do email it through to me. As we hold in our prayers all those who are suffering with Covid-19 and those who are caring for them, you may have seen this clip on the local news recently about how our main hospital is coping. We hold everyone at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in our prayers and thoughts.
The Mass for the Baptism of Christ on 10th January can be viewed on line by clicking here, and you can also download the liturgy. We are most grateful to Ben Shread for his commitment and hard work in making the recording available for us all.
Our fundraising
for Church funds will continue with a bumper Easter raffle. We have over 30 raffle prizes which will be drawn on Easter Sunday morning (4th April). Raffle tickets will go on sale once we can return to church to meet for worship. Tickets will be £2 a strip. Donations of raffle prizes will also be very welcome!
New fundraising idea for this year. Have you ever had a Simnel Cake? They are eaten at Easter and are a type of fruit cake that contains plenty of marzipan. They are topped with eleven marzipan balls to represent the eleven apostles of Christ, minus Judas. They are delicious cakes and this year Elsie is kindly going to make some to help us raise some much-needed funds for the Church. They will cost £18.50 and if you would like one we ask you to place your order by emailing Elsie by clicking here. Orders are required by the end of February please, and cakes can be collected from church from Easter Sunday onwards. (Sorry, no deliveries.) We thank Elsie for making our Easter Simnel cakes and hope everyone will order one! Money please to Elsie on the day of collection or when you see her.
We also will have some delicious homemade marmalade and Easter novelties for sale at church. Elsie is on the lookout for donations of Cadbury Creme Eggs for those novelties, so if you can help please do email her on the same link above. Thank you.
The St Giles Foodbank Voucher scheme Since we have been in lockdown again the numbers of those in need calling at the Rectory have increased further. The vouchers enable those who live in our Parish to buy fresh food and vegetables (not alcohol) whilst supporting the local businesses within the parish. The scheme works well, and any financial donations you can send towards this project are gratefully received. You can send a donation to our Treasurer John Baldry (gift aided if possible, please) or make a bank transfer to our PCC account – please contact John for more details. Thank you for your help and support in ‘loving our neighbours’ within our Parish.
Thank you so much to all those who gave during the Advent Stewardship appeal. Together we have raised the incredible sum of £2923 plus Gift Aid of £557 which we shall be able to claim, making a total of £3480 raised by the Advent Appeal. In what has been a difficult year this has been tremendous! Thank you also to those who donated prizes for our Christmas raffle, which raised £304, and to Elsie whose Christmas cakes raised £270. The grand total of our Advent fundraising is £4054.We thank God for his goodness and all that he gives us.
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.
For your reflection For Christians the new year becomes like the clean sheet of writing paper for the writer, the clean empty canvas for the artist and the open road for the traveller: because in 2021 we have a Christ-like story to write, a Christian picture to paint and a Saviour to follow into the future.
Other Notices
Good News for Norwich and Norfolk(Winter Edition) is available online here.
From Fine City Neighbours network – In these tough times, Fine City Neighbours want to celebrate the way that folk across Norwich have come together to support one another. They have set up a website with advice, guidance and inspiration for connecting with our neighbours, as well as links to more direct support for those who need it. You don’t need anyone’s support to be a Fine City Neighbour, but if you want any help, they’re here – click on Fine City Neighbours and have a look round their website.
The St Giles weekly newsletter will continue to be available for you to view online by clicking here. You can also receive your own copy in your email as soon as it goes live by signing up to receive the posts in your email. Scroll to the bottom of this page, type or paste your email address in the ‘Follow’ box, and click ‘Follow’. Alternatively you can email John 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.)
Our Mass booklet is available for download as a pdf file.
St Giles Twitter page shares our news 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 including news from St Giles.
The current Norwich Diocese prayer calendar is available on line here.
The Norwich East Deanery prayer calendar for November to February can be downloaded here.
The Church of England’s online weekly services from 22nd March are all available to listen to here. Today’s service on the Third Sunday of Epiphany marks the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, featuring contributions from Chemin Neuf and led by Revd Charles Hadley. The General Secretary of Churches Together in England, Revd Dr Paul Goodliff, speaks of living with difference, and you can download the order of service here.
Norwich Cathedral has suspended all public worship since 13th January owing to the current Covid-19 situation. However, streaming daily worship is available on line – click here for details.
The Sunday Hope podcast is a weekly audio podcast produced by Norwich Cathedral for the whole diocese. The most recent podcast can be heard here, together with the complete Sunday Hope archive since 22nd March last year. And podcasts of services at Norwich Cathedral can be watched on the Cathedral’s YouTube channel.
St George’s Tombland have daily Morning and Evening Prayer on their YouTube channel and a Facebook page with links.
For an online Anglo-Catholic Mass it is worth checking on the Walsingham Anglican shrine church, St Mary’s, Bourne Street and St John The Divine, Kennington, amongst many others available.
The latest eNews from the Diocese of Norwich can be viewed here. It will keep you busy following up a wide variety of links about events, activities and ideas across the Diocese. You can read past issues of eNews (usually a fortnightly publication) here, where you can also sign up to receive each new issue in your email box.
St Giles Charities 2021 Our monthly charities during 2021 are: January – The Church Urban Fund; February – Norwich Samaritans; March – Water Aid; April – The John Aves Education Project in Dheisheh / Bethlehem; May – Christian Aid; June – Médecins Sans Frontières; July – The Magdalene Group; August – The Children’s Society; September – The Church Army; October – The Leprosy Mission; November – The Matthew Project; December – The West Pottergate Community.

Our 2021 Church Motto text is…… ‘Be kind to yourself’!

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Notices for Sunday 17th January 2021

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

Sunday 17th January 2021

Second Sunday of Epiphany

Following a Pastoral letter from the Bishop of Norwich, as from Sunday 17th January the Mass will not take place at St Giles.

The Churchwardens will continue to open the church occasionally for private prayers and visiting pilgrims but that may not be weekly as the weather is so cold and the church is colder! COVID-19 restrictions are regularly updated on the Church of England pages. Masks must be worn by everyone in the church and social distancing must be observed at all times.

Jesus instantly recognised Nathanael as someone who was open and upright and ready to become a disciple. Let us open ourselves to God so that we too may be ready to respond to God’s call. Let us prepare ourselves to stand with him and to walk in the way of justice, peace and truth.

“Let us run with the stars and offer gifts with the Magi…with shepherds let us glorify Him, with angels sing hymns, with archangels join in chorus…let us travel through the life of Christ that we may be born afresh in Him.” St Gregory Nazianzen

We are continuing to include below the details of the Sung Mass which we would have been celebrating on this Sunday in normal times. You may like to look up the readings and the hymns below and reflect on the opening sentences of the Mass.

This week our 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

The photo above shows the view of Norwich to the east from the top of the church tower. It was taken by Raymond Scott on 14th November 2009.

Introit Hymn 55   Hail to the Lord’s Anointed!

Gloria

Collect
Almighty God,
in Christ you make all things new:
transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace,
and in the renewal of our lives
make known your heavenly glory;
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 Samuel 3:1-10 [11-20]

Psalm 139   1-5. 12-17

Second Reading   Revelation 5:1-10

Gospel acclamation   Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Cantors   Christ was revealed in flesh, proclaimed among the nations:
And believed in throughout the world

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

All   Glory to you, O Lord

Gospel   John 1:43-51

Priest   This is the gospel of the Lord

All   Praise to you, O Christ

Address   Fr David Roper

Creed

Intercessions

Offertory Hymn 271   Alleluya, sing to Jesus

Communion Hymn 295   Let all mortal flesh keep silence

Post Communion Prayer
God of glory,
you nourish us with your Word
who is the bread of life:
fill us with your Holy Spirit
that through us the light of your glory
may shine in all the world.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Angelus

Recessional Hymn 179   Saints of God! Lo, Jesu’s people  (tune only – text available here)
This hymn is usually associated with Bartholomew (see Matthew 10:3, Mark 3:18 and Luke 6:14). Bartholomew is thought to be the same person as Nathanael who features in today’s Gospel reading from John.

Next Sunday’s readings for the Third Sunday of Epiphany: Genesis 14:17-20; Psalm 128; Revelation 19:6-10; John 2:1-11

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

Dates for January
Our January charity     The Church Urban Fund
Sunday 17 January       Second Sunday of Epiphany – no Mass
World Religion Day  The third Sunday in January is recognised by many religions as a day on which to pray for inter-faith understanding, tolerance and harmony.
Tuesday 19 January      6.30pm Unknown Donors – possible Zoom Meeting
Thursday 21 January    Chain of Prayer within the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Sunday 24 January       Third Sunday of Epiphany
Monday 25 January      The Conversion of Paul. We also today remember the soul of Fr John Aves, priest, who died in the Holy Land in 2004. May John rest in peace and rise in glory.
Sunday 31 January        Candlemas
World Leprosy Day

NOTICES
From Fr Darren
Worship at St Giles
Very regretfully we shall not be meeting for worship at St Giles, starting from today and until further notice – see the opening sentence at the top of this page. As soon as we can open, we will let you know.
Fr David Roper had been going to give the address today, and he has kindly provided the text of his address which you can download here.
The Churchwardens will continue to open the church occasionally for private prayers and visiting pilgrims but that may not be weekly as the weather is so cold and the church is colder!
The most important thing is that you remain safe and are extra careful. I will be holding you all in my prayers as I have a daily Mass for our community. If you have a specific prayer request do email it through to me. As we hold in our prayers all those who are suffering with COVID-19 and those who are caring for them, you may have seen this clip on the local news recently about how our main hospital is coping. You can watch the report by clicking here. We hold everyone at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in our prayers and thoughts.
Mass for the Baptism of ChristLast Sunday’s Mass for the Baptism of Christ (picture on right) can be viewed on line by clicking here or on the picture. We are most grateful to Ben Shread for his commitment and hard work in making the recording available for us all. You can download the liturgy here and print it out so you can join in the service. As you listen to the church notices please remember that, since the recording, public worship at St Giles, as in many churches, has been suspended for the time being.
Our fundraising
for Church funds will continue with a bumper Easter raffle. We have over 30 raffle prizes which will be drawn on Easter Sunday morning (4th April). Raffle tickets will go on sale once we can return to church to meet for worship. Tickets will be £2 a strip. Donations of raffle prizes will also be very welcome!
New fundraising idea for this year. Have you ever had a Simnel Cake? They are eaten at Easter and are a type of fruit cake that contains plenty of marzipan. They are topped with eleven marzipan balls to represent the eleven apostles of Christ, minus Judas. They are delicious cakes and this year Elsie is kindly going to make some to help us raise some much-needed funds for the Church. They will cost £18.50 and if you would like one we ask you to place your order by emailing Elsie by clicking here. Orders are required by the end of February please, and cakes can be collected from church from Easter Sunday onwards. (Sorry, no deliveries.) We thank Elsie for making our Easter Simnel cakes and hope everyone will order one! Money please to Elsie on the day of collection or when you see her.
We also will have some delicious homemade marmalade and Easter novelties for sale at church. Elsie is on the lookout for donations of Cadbury Creme Eggs for those novelties, so if you can help please do email her on the same link above. Thank you.
The St Giles Foodbank Voucher scheme Since we have entered Tier 4 the numbers of those in need calling at the Rectory have started to increase. The vouchers enable those who live in our Parish to buy fresh food and vegetables (not alcohol) whilst supporting the local businesses within the parish. The scheme works well, and any financial donations you can send towards this project are gratefully received. You can put a donation in the bowl at Sunday Mass (clearly marked in an envelope) or send it to our Treasurer John Baldry (gift aided if possible, please). Thank you for your help and support in ‘loving our neighbours’ within our Parish.
Thank you so much to all those who gave during the Advent Stewardship appeal. Together we have raised the incredible sum of £2923 plus Gift Aid of £557 which we shall be able to claim, making a total of £3480 raised by the Advent Appeal. In what has been a difficult year this has been tremendous! Thank you also to those who donated prizes for our Christmas raffle, which raised £304, and to Elsie whose Christmas cakes raised £270. The grand total of our Advent fundraising is £4054.We thank God for his goodness and all that he gives us.
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.
For your reflection For Christians the new year becomes like the clean sheet of writing paper for the writer, the clean empty canvas for the artist and the open road for the traveller: because in 2021 we have a Christ-like story to write, a Christian picture to paint and a Saviour to follow into the future.
Other Notices
Details of the first online Ecumenical Chain of Prayer for Christian Unity (along with the running order) have been put up on the Norfolk and Waveney Churches Together website and should appear on the NWCT YouTube channel on Thursday 21st January at 10.00am. Resources for the Week of Prayer can be found here.
Good News for Norwich and Norfolk  (Winter Edition) is available online here.
From Fine City Neighbours network – In these tough times, Fine City Neighbours want to celebrate the way that folk across Norwich have come together to support one another. They have set up a website with advice, guidance and inspiration for connecting with our neighbours, as well as links to more direct support for those who need it. You don’t need anyone’s support to be a Fine City Neighbour, but if you want any help, they’re here – click on Fine City Neighbours and have a look round their website.
More Online Links
The St Giles weekly newsletter will continue to be available for you to view online by clicking here. You can also receive your own copy in your email as soon as it goes live by signing up to receive the posts in your email. Scroll to the bottom of this page, type or paste your email address in the ‘Follow’ box, and click ‘Follow’. Alternatively you can email John 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.)
Our Mass booklet is available for download as a pdf file.
St Giles Twitter  page shares our news 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 including news from St Giles.
The Norwich Diocese prayer calendar for January is available on line here.
The Norwich East Deanery prayer calendar for November to February can be downloaded here.
The Church of England’s online weekly services from 22nd March 2020 are all available to listen to hereToday’s service for the Second Sunday of Epiphany reflects on how God is revealed through Jesus and is led by the Revd Matt Hogg. It comes from St Alban’s Church, Fulham, and you can download the order of service here.
The Sunday Hope podcast is a weekly audio podcast produced by Norwich Cathedral for the whole diocese. The most recent podcast can be heard here, together with the complete Sunday Hope archive since 22nd March last year. And podcasts of services at Norwich Cathedral can be watched on the Cathedral’s YouTube channel.
For an online Anglo-Catholic Mass it is worth checking on the Walsingham Anglican shrine church and St Mary’s, Bourne Street – services from both of these should be on line today.
Worship on line A reminder that we have further links to worship on line on a separate links page. New links appear initially in our regular weekly notice sheet.
Norwich Cathedral has suspended all public worship since 13th January owing to the current Covid-19 situation.
The latest eNews from the  Diocese of Norwich can be viewed here. It will keep you busy following up a wide variety of links about events, activities and ideas across the Diocese. You can read past issues of eNews (usually a fortnightly publication) here, where you can also sign up to receive each new issue in your email box.
St Giles Charities 2021 Our monthly charities during 2021 are: January – The Church Urban Fund; February – The Samaritans; March – Water Aid; April – The John Aves Education Project in Dheisheh / Bethlehem; May – Christian Aid; June – Médecins Sans Frontières; July – The Magdalene Group; August – The Children’s Society; September – The Church Army; October – The Leprosy Mission; November – The Matthew Project; December – The West Pottergate Community.
Our 2021 Church Motto text is…… ‘Be kind to yourself’!

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Services at St Giles suspended from Sunday 17th January

To all at St Giles

Following a Pastoral letter from the Bishop of Norwich, as from Sunday 17th January the Mass will not take place at St Giles. You can read the Bishop’s letter by clicking here.

As soon as we can open, we will let you know.

Kate and John will continue to send the weekly newsletter which includes resources for worship and prayers, and our thanks to them for that.

The Churchwardens will continue to open the church occasionally for private prayers and visiting pilgrims but that may not be weekly as the weather is so cold and the church is colder!

The most important thing is that you remain safe and are extra careful.

I will be holding you all in my prayers as I have a daily Mass for our community.  If you have a specific prayer request do email them through.

God bless you all.

Fr D

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Service sheet for 10th January 2021

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

Sunday 10th January 2021

The Baptism of Christ

St Giles is open for public worship and for private prayer at the times shown below. COVID-19 restrictions are regularly updated on the Church of England pages. Masks must be worn by everyone in the church and social distancing must be observed at all times.

The theme of our worship today takes us to the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. He was baptised by John the Baptist in the River Jordan.

“Let us run with the stars and offer gifts with the Magi…with shepherds let us glorify Him, with angels sing hymns, with archangels join in chorus…let us travel through the life of Christ that we may be born afresh in Him.” St Gregory Nazianzen

Today as we celebrate the Baptism of Christ let us prepare to become less as he becomes more. We shall draw water joyfully from the wellsprings of salvation.
Click here for the St Giles Baptism of Christ liturgy. You can download it to your computer and you may like to use it this week as part of your prayer time as you give thanks for your own baptism. As a sign of the unity of all Christians, Baptism is a bond with Jesus Christ, the foundation of this unity. Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives, the first step in response to God’s love. Through our baptism we are born again by water and the Spirit. Water is a sign of new life, and today we celebrate that Jesus, like us, needed the promise and fullness of God’s love that baptism brings.

We are also continuing to include below the details of the Sung Mass which we would have been celebrating on this Sunday in normal times. You may like to look up the readings and the hymns below and reflect on the opening sentences of the Mass.

This week our 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 58   The sinless one to Jordan came  (tune only)

Collect
Eternal Father,
who at the baptism of Jesus
revealed him to be your Son,
anointing him with the Holy Spirit:
grant to us, who are born again by water and the Spirit,
that we may be faithful to our calling as your adopted children;
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   Genesis 1:1-5

Psalm 29

Second Reading   Acts 19:1-7

Gospel acclamation   Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Cantors   Christ was revealed in flesh, proclaimed among the nations:
And believed in throughout the world

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

All   Glory to you, O Lord

Gospel   Mark 1:4-11

Priest   This is the gospel of the Lord

All   Praise to you, O Christ

Liturgy for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord   (click here for the liturgy)

Processional hymn (on the liturgy sheet)   We shall draw water joyfully

Offertory Hymn 137   Come down, O Love divine

Communion Hymn 347   Come, gracious Spirit, heavenly Dove

Post Communion Prayer
Lord of all time and eternity,
you opened the heavens and revealed yourself as Father
in the baptism of Jesus your beloved Son:
by the power of your Spirit
complete the heavenly work of our rebirth
through the waters of the new creation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Angelus

Recessional Hymn 478   Ye watchers and ye holy ones

Next Sunday’s readings for the Second Sunday of Epiphany: 1 Samuel 3:1-10 [11-20]; Psalm 139:1-5. 12-17; Revelation 5:1-10; John 1:43-51

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

Dates for January
Our January charity   The Church Urban Fund
Today                             10.30am Said Mass for the Baptism of Christ – renewal of baptismal vows
Tuesday 12 January    PCC Standing Committee cancelled
Sunday 17 January      10.30am Said Mass for the Second Sunday of Epiphany – Speaker Fr David Roper
                                         World Religion Day – the third Sunday in January is recognised by many religions as a day on which to pray for inter-faith understanding, tolerance and harmony.
Tuesday 19 January      6.30pm Unknown Donors – possible Zoom Meeting
Thursday 21 January    Chain of Prayer within the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Sunday 24 January       10.30am Said Mass for the Third Sunday of Epiphany – Speaker Fr Peter Varney
Monday 25 January       The Conversion of Paul. We also today remember the soul of Fr John Aves, priest, who died in the Holy Land in 2004. May John rest in peace and rise in glory.
Sunday 31 January        10.30am Candlemas followed by short PCC Meeting to receive the 2021 budget and approve the accounts for 2020.
                                           World Leprosy Day

Church open for private prayer
on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from mid-morning to after lunch
Weekly Said Masses – Tuesday 12 noon, Friday 10.00am and Sunday 10.30am

NOTICES
From Fr Darren
HAPPY NEW YEAR! 
As we begin this New Year we come with thanksgiving for all that has gone before and with expectation of what is to come. As we travel together through the church year Christ’s story becomes part of ours. HAPPY 2021!
Today is the Baptism of Christ, which includes an act of penitence and the renewal of our baptismal promises. This year we won’t gather around the font but will stay in our pews for this beautiful liturgy. Sadly we will be unable to have a sprinkling from the waters of baptism, but I will sprinkle myself on behalf of the gathered community.
Our fundraising for Church funds continues with a bumper Easter raffle. We have over 30 raffle prizes which will be drawn on Easter Sunday morning (4th April). Raffle tickets will go on sale from this Sunday. Please do bring some extra cash to Church to make your purchases. If you have a nice raffle prize, please do bring it in and give to Fr Darren. Tickets are £2 a strip. We are hoping everyone will purchase some raffle tickets each Sunday as we work together to raise funds for our Church. Thank you.
New fundraising idea for this year
. Have you ever had a Simnel Cake? They are eaten at Easter and are a type of fruit cake that contains plenty of marzipan. They are topped with eleven marzipan balls to represent the eleven apostles of Christ, minus Judas. They are delicious cakes and this year Elsie is kindly going to make some to help us raise some much-needed funds for the Church. They will cost £18.50 and if you would like one we ask you to place your order by emailing Elsie by clicking here……Orders are required by the end of February please, and cakes can be collected from church from Easter Sunday onwards. (Sorry, no deliveries.) We thank Elsie for making our Easter Simnel cakes and hope everyone will order one! Money please to Elsie on the day of collection or when you see her.
We also will have some delicious homemade marmalade and Easter novelties for sale at church. So do bring some extra cash in to make your purchases. Elsie is on the lookout for donations of Cadbury Creme Eggs for those novelties, so if you can help please do email her on the same link above. Thank you.
The St Giles Foodbank Voucher scheme Since we have entered Tier 4 the numbers of those in need calling at the Rectory have started to increase. The vouchers enable those who live in our Parish to buy fresh food and vegetables (not alcohol) whilst supporting the local businesses within the parish. The scheme works well, and any financial donations you can send towards this project are gratefully received. You can put a donation in the bowl at Sunday Mass (clearly marked in an envelope) or send it to our Treasurer John Baldry (gift aided if possible, please). Thank you for your help and support in ‘loving our neighbours’ within our Parish.
Thank you so much to all those who gave during the Advent Stewardship appeal. Together we have raised the incredible sum of £2923 plus Gift Aid of £557 which we shall be able to claim, making a total of £3480 raised by the Advent Appeal. In what has been a difficult year this has been tremendous! Thank you also to those who donated prizes for our Christmas raffle, which raised £304, and to Elsie whose Christmas cakes raised £270. The grand total of our Advent fundraising is £4054.We thank God for his goodness and all that he gives us.
Worship at St Giles We will continue into the New Year with our current practice of short Said Masses.
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.
For your reflection For Christians the new year becomes like the clean sheet of writing paper for the writer, the clean empty canvas for the artist and the open road for the traveller: because in 2021 we have a Christ-like story to write, a Christian picture to paint and a Saviour to follow into the future.
Other Notices
Good News for Norwich and Norfolk(Winter Edition) is available for you to collect your free copy from the back of church. Do take one home to read. You can also read it online here.
From Fine City Neighbours network – In these tough times, Fine City Neighbours want to celebrate the way that folk across Norwich have come together to support one another. They have set up a website with advice, guidance and inspiration for connecting with our neighbours, as well as links to more direct support for those who need it. You don’t need anyone’s support to be a Fine City Neighbour, but if you want any help, they’re here – click on Fine City Neighbours and have a look round their website.
More Online Links
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s
New Year Message can be watched on line at the BBC website here. The Archbishop reflects on his experience volunteering as a hospital chaplain at St Thomas’s Hospital during the pandemic and where he finds hope for the year ahead. You will need to log in to the BBC to be able to watch this video on your computer, tablet or phone, and you can also download it as a podcast.
The St Giles weekly newsletter will continue to be available for you to view online by clicking here. You can also receive your own copy in your email as soon as it goes live by signing up to receive the posts in your email. Scroll to the bottom of this page, type or paste your email address in the ‘Follow’ box, and click ‘Follow’. Alternatively you can ask John at church or by email 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.)
Our Mass booklet is available for download as a pdf file.
St Giles Twitter page shares our news 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 including news from St Giles.
The Norwich Diocese prayer calendar for January is available on line here.
The Norwich East Deanery prayer calendar for November to February can be downloaded here.
The Church of England’s online weekly services from 22nd March are all available to listen to here. Today’s service is a celebration of Plough Sunday and is led by the Revd Lindsay Yates. It comes from the Octagon Parish in Sussex and features a sermon from the Revd Will Adam. You can download the order of service here.
The Sunday Hope podcast is a weekly audio podcast produced by Norwich Cathedral for the whole diocese. The most recent podcast can be heard here, together with the complete Sunday Hope archive since 22nd March last year. And podcasts of services at Norwich Cathedral can be watched on the Cathedral’s YouTube channel which also includes Ashley Grote’s organ recital on New Year’s Day.
The latest eNews from the Diocese of Norwich can be viewed here. It will keep you busy following up a wide variety of links about events, activities and ideas across the Diocese! You can read past issues of eNews (usually a fortnightly publication) here, where you can also sign up to receive each new issue in your email box.
Worship on line  We have a collection of links from our earlier pages this year on a separate links page. New links will be appearing initially in our regular weekly notice sheet.
St Giles Charities 2021  Our monthly charities during 2021 will be: January – The Church Urban Fund; February – The Samaritans; March – Water Aid; April – The John Aves Education Project in Dheisheh / Bethlehem; May – Christian Aid; June – Médecins Sans Frontières; July – The Magdalene Group; August – The Children’s Society; September – The Church Army; October – The Leprosy Mission; November – The Matthew Project; December – The West Pottergate Community.

Our 2021 Church Motto text is…… ‘Be kind to yourself’!

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