The Christian Community of St Giles-on-the-Hill
welcomes you to worship with them on
Sunday 10th December 2017
Second Sunday of Advent
We come together today to learn from an expert the art of showing the way: how to live with our minds and hearts focused upon God and how to guide others in the direction of salvation by traditional and imaginative means. Let us exult in the thrill of our discovery and for our shared fellowship on the journey.
This Sunday in Advent we remember the prophets. God told them to speak for him and they often challenge powerful people by telling uncomfortable truths about the way they live.
Today we meet the prophet who foretold the coming of Jesus.
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 15 The Lord will come and not be slow
Gospel acclamation Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia
Cantors Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight:
And all flesh shall see the salvation of God
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia
Priest Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark
All Glory to you, O Lord
Gospel Mark 1:1-8
Priest This is the gospel of the Lord
All Praise to you, O Christ
Offertory Hymn 11 O come, O come Emmanuel!
Communion Hymn 295 Let all mortal flesh keep silence
Recessional Hymn 12 On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry
Organ Voluntary Bach – Nun komm’, der Heiden Heiland
ASSISTANTS AT THE EUCHARIST Churchwarden Rowena Atkinson Organist Ian Graydon Sidespersons Dorothy and Rodney Head 1st Reading Sue Prutton 2nd Reading Diana Lamb Intercessions John Baldry Chalice Ian Mayers Servers Jonny and Lindsey Green
2017 Church motto text “Welcome one another….just as Christ has welcomed you.” Romans 15:7
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 Ordinand Annie Blyth
Churchwardens Rowena Atkinson (01603 455729) Bob Emsell (01603 439632)
Newsletter and Traidcraft Kate Baldry (01362 695503) email@example.com
https://stgileschurch.wordpress.com Twitter @stgilesnorwich Music Repro. Licence no.990580
DIARY FOR THE WEEK
Today 3.30pm Choral Evensong at the Cathedral – Preacher Canon Darren
All from St Giles are welcome!
Tuesday 12 December 8.30am Christmas Communion – Barbara Harper
12 noon Said Mass
Friday 15 December 10.00am Said Mass
Sunday 17 December Advent 3 10.30am Sung Parish Mass with the blessing of the Parish Christmas Tree (rose vestments)
5.30pm St Giles Community Carol Service
Next Sunday’s readings: Isaiah 61:1-4. 8-11; Canticle: Luke 1:46b-55; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8. 19-28
Deanery Prayer Calendar: St John Timberhill and St Julian, Norwich – Clergy: Christopher Wood; Synod Reps: Shirley Buxton, Liz Kilshaw. Community of All Hallows in Norwich Julian Shrine, Sister Pamela and the community. The Norwich Sea Cadet Unit. Norwich City Football Club, Chaplain: Jon Norman.
Advent comes from the Latin word for an arrival or coming and it means that the Lord is coming. The candles on the Advent wreath are in the traditional colours of purple for waiting and, in the third week, rose for Gaudete Sunday. Our wreath has been prepared by Dot Head, to whom we are very grateful.
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.
St Giles Community Carol Service will take place on Sunday 17 December at 5.30pm. Please do invite all your friends and neighbours to join us as we start our lead up to Christmas!
Parish Christmas card – we would like to deliver a card to every home in the parish. If you can help please take a bundle (road names listed) and return any spares. So many people mention during the year how lovely it is to receive our Christmas card – so it’s well worth us delivering them. Thank you.
Our congregational Christmas card is at the back of church for us all to sign and make a donation to charity. It’s a way of sending Christmas greetings to each other without sending cards. The money donated is being given to ‘Embrace the Middle East’ which seeks to improve the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the Middle East. Our special thanks to Elsie who has produced the card.
Christmas Tree Please could you give any contribution you can manage towards the cost of this year’s Parish Tree to John Baldry. Thank you.
Advent Appeal We need your help! The 2018 budget has identified that we are likely to be £3,370 short next year in paying our way. The PCC have spent some time looking at where we can cut costs but what we need is increased giving to help us. We would like to invite members of the Church to give a ‘one off’ Advent gift in appreciation of the friendship and ministry they receive from St Giles. Please use one of the white envelopes in the pews and place it in the collection bowl at any Mass during the season of Advent. Your help is so greatly appreciated. Please do pray about this and how you might be able to help with this deficit in the accounts. Thank you. Fr Darren.
Our December Charity is our link with the West Pottergate part of our Parish.
The Magazine for November and December is available at the back of church for you to take your free copy. It includes the Diocesan prayer Calendar that we are encouraged to use in our daily prayers.
Salvation Army Pottergate ARC – please do keep bringing in donations of tins and packets and place them in the box in the Tower Vestry. Many thanks to Elsie and David for organising this project.
Any donations of wine for consumption at church events would be most gratefully received by the Churchwardens. Our stocks of red wine are now running low. Thank you very much!
For those of you who are new to St Giles and consider your membership to be here, we would like to welcome you into our family. Please do consider signing up to go on our Church Electoral Roll (see Carole Hill). We also have a scheme for regular giving – see our Treasurer, John Baldry.
Advance Warning! Sunday 24 December is going to be a busy day. We will be keeping Advent 4 at the 10.30am Mass, then after the service we will prepare the church for the festival of Christmas. The liturgical colour changes and we prepare for Midnight Mass that evening which starts at 11.30pm. Please try to be around to help get everything ready – many hands make light work! Thank you!