Service sheet for 28th December

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

welcomes you to worship with them on

Sunday 28th December 2014

First Sunday of Christmas

We have just celebrated Christmas, all in our own ways joining in with the praise that surrounded the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem and continues to echo in our hearts. We come together today before welcoming another year, to ponder with Mary the meaning of the incarnation of God’s Son to us as we worship together.

“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

The joy of journeying through the church year is that Christ’s story becomes part of ours. Please do join us for a celebratory glass of wine after the Mass.

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 39 Unto us a boy is born

Psalm 124

Gospel acclamation Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Cantors Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given

And his name shall be called the Prince of Peace.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

All Glory to you, O Lord

Gospel Matthew 2:13-18

Priest This is the gospel of the Lord

All Praise to you, O Christ

Offertory Hymn 42 While shepherds watched

Communion Hymn 35 Silent night! Holy night!

Recessional Hymn 25 God rest you merry, gentlemen

Organ voluntary Bach – Prelude in C, BWV545

NCCT Prayer Themes For The Week Ahead : Our Twinned City Churches in Rouen, Novi Sad, Koblenz and El Viejo

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).

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Sidespersons Dorothy and Rodney Head

Readers 1st Julia de Salis 2nd Mavis Jacobs

Intercessions Gill Persicke Chalice Jonny Green

Servers John Baldry and Tracy Williams

Churchwarden on duty Bob Emsell Organist Ian Graydon


Tuesday 30 December 12 noon Said Mass

Wednesday31 December Midnight Bell-ringers ring in the New Year.


Thursday 1 January 5.00pm No meditation this evening

Friday 2 January 10.00am Said Mass Basil the Great 379 and

Gregory of Nazianzus 389

7.30pm Film Club in church

Sunday 4 January 10.30am Sung Parish Mass and procession

The Epiphany The mass includes the ministry of healing with Fr Peter Varney who is also preaching. There will be a celebratory glass of wine after the Mass.

Next Sunday’s readings Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12


· Please do come to Film Club this Friday – see the railings outside St Giles for details.

· 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. On the back of the teaching flyer today is the 2015 Church Calendar, please do transfer all the dates into your diary. As we travel together I wish you all a very happy and blessed 2015. Fr Darren.

· Thank you to those who have decorated the Church so beautifully for Christmas – it has really enriched our worship. Thanks also to Carole and Annie who co-ordinated the St Giles Community Carol Service so beautifully. It was a wonderful evening and great that we have such good community connections. Thanks too to Ian Graydon our organist for all the lovely music during the year. We are fortunate to have you, Ian, and thank you for leading us in worship and praise.

· Many thanks to those who delivered the Parish Christmas Card to every home in the Parish. They have been much appreciated. Fr Darren has received lots of Christmas cards for the St Giles congregation from local shops and offices, as well as from friends associated with the church. Some of these cards are displayed on top of the font – do have a look.

· 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 2015, we have a Christ-like story to write, a Christian picture to paint and a Saviour to follow into the future.

· 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.

· Our wonderful bell-ringers! The bells call us to worship every Sunday and ring out to celebrate the good news of Christ. We thank our bell-ringers for the way in which they start our worship. We have given them a bottle of Champagne to enjoy as they ring in another New Year. A big thank you from us all. Happy ringing for 2015!

· Books for your Christmas / New Year reading – In “The Lent Factor” by Bishop Graham James, (published by Mowbray) he describes 40 very different people – one for each day of Lent, but don’t wait for Lent, it is worth reading now. It includes Edith Cavell, Julian of Norwich and other Norwich saints such as Canon John Aves and Canon Michael Stagg. Another excellent read is “Being Christian” by Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury (SPCK Publishing). He looks at the four essentials for being Christian – Baptism, Bible, Eucharist and Prayer.

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