Service sheet for 14th December

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

welcomes you to worship with them on

Sunday 14th December 2014

Advent 3

We wait in the days of darkness for the dawning of the one true light.

Let us heed the message of the one who came to bear witness to the light and prepare ourselves to meet our Saviour.

Today, the third Sunday in Advent, is called Gaudete (meaning “rejoice”) Sunday. The liturgical colour is rose (not pink!) and we light the rose Advent candle to symbolise this shift in our Advent penitential season on this respite day.

Our speaker today is Major Barry Wilson from the Salvation Army. Major Barry is the soup-run co-ordinator, and he is going to tell us more about that project. Further details about the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal can be found on our charity notice board.

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 5 Hark! a herald voice is calling

Canticle Luke 1: 46b-55

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 John

All Glory to you, O Lord

Gospel John 1:6-8, 19-28

Priest This is the gospel of the Lord

All Praise to you, O Christ

Offertory Hymn 381 Jerusalem the golden

Communion Hymn 6 Hark the glad sound! the Saviour comes

Recessional Hymn 7 Hills of the North, rejoice

Organ voluntary Flor Peeters – Wachet Auf

Rector and Rural Dean of Norwich East Fr. Darren Thornton (01603 623724) (email term-time only) Part-time – also Chaplain at UEA – day off on Monday

Churchwardens Rowena Atkinson (01603 455729) and Bob Emsell (01603 439632)

Reader Gill Persicke (01603 621777) –

Newsletter Kate Baldry (01362 695503) –

Music Reproduction Licence no.990580

St Giles-on-the-Hill is twinned with the Scarrowbeck Group (Erpingham).

This service sheet is available week by week on


Sidespersons Dorothy and Rodney Head

Readers 1st Ian Mayers 2nd Sue Prutton

Intercessions Diana Lamb Chalice Carole Hill

Servers Susan Morris-Prosser and John Baldry

Churchwarden on duty Bob Emsell Organist Ian Graydon


Tuesday 16 December 12 noon Said Mass President: Rev’d Maggie Diffey

Thursday 18 December 5.00pm Meditation in Prayer Room

6-7pm NCCT Carol singing outside the Forum

Friday 19 December 10.00am Said Mass President: Rev’d Gillian Ireson

Sunday 21 December 10.30am Sung Parish Mass Preacher: Parish Reader

Advent 4 The mass includes blessing of the Parish Christmas Tree

5.30pm St Giles Community Carol Service

Next Sunday’s readings 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38

Prayer Themes For The Week Ahead : Community Churches. Local media: radio, TV, newsprint.

Please also use the Diocesan Prayer Calendar in the Diocesan magazine (copies at the back of church).


· Fr Darren is away this week on a University Chaplains training event. Thanks to Rev’d Maggie and Rev’d Gillian for mid-week Mass cover.

· Everyone is warmly invited to our Meditation Group this Thursday afternoon at 5pm – simply enter the church through the Priest’s door from 4.50 onwards. And if you’d like to know more about what the Meditation Group does, please speak to Carol Cullum or Gill Persicke.

· Fr Darren is available to hear confessions (by appointment) before Christmas on Sat 20th Dec.

· Please do bring your friends and neighbours to join us for the St Giles Community Carol Service nextSunday – a joyous event to start our lead up to Christmas!

· If you can deliver some of the Parish Christmas cards please take a bundle from the back of church (road names listed) and return any spares to church. Thank you!

· The NCCT Carol Singing outside the Forum takes place on Thursday 18th December from 6pm to 7pm followed by refreshments in St Stephens Church. Please do go along and help our fellow brothers and sisters from other churches sing some carols to the people of Norwich.

· Norwich Open Christmas – a meal, warmth, entertainment and company for those on their own or homeless, at St Andrew’s Hall on Christmas Day 11am to 5pm. Enquiries – phone 624877.

· Please do keep bringing in donations of tins for the Salvation Army appeal, and place them in the box in the Tower Vestry. Many thanks to Elsie and David for organising the delivery of your gifts to the Salvation Army.

· 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.

· If you would like to make a contribution towards the cost of this year’s Parish Christmas Tree please do pass your donation to John Baldry. Thank you.

· Enclosed in your newsletter today is your copy of the 2015 St Giles Parish Calendar. Please do transfer these dates into your diary. The joy of journeying through the church’s year is that Christ’s story becomes part of our story. The diary is getting fuller every year – a sign of a healthy church and community. Please note: dates may have to be altered, so keep an eye on the weekly newsletter.

· At the back of Church you will find the congregational Christmas card 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 saved will be given to Embrace the Middle East (formerly the Biblelands charity) 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.

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