Service sheet for 15th February

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

welcomes you to worship with them on

Sunday 15th February 2015

Sunday before Lent

Hear the voice of God: “This is my beloved Son; listen to him!”

Annie and Raymond have just returned from the Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land led by the Bishop of Norwich. Today they share thoughts and reflections on what it meant to walk in the footsteps 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 Celebration Hymnal

Introit Hymn 388 Shine, Jesus, shine

Psalm 81

Gospel acclamation Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Cantors Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening

You have the words of eternal life

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

All Glory to you, O Lord

Gospel Mark 2:23-3:6

Priest This is the gospel of the Lord

All Praise to you, O Christ

Offertory Hymn 399 Love is his word, love is his way

Communion Hymn 663 Soul of my Saviour, sanctify my breast

Recessional Hymn 111 Christ is the world’s light

Organ Voluntary Boellmann – Toccata from Suite Gothique

Next Sunday’s readings Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15

NCCT Prayer Themes for the week ahead: The Quakers. Citizens Advice Bureaux – volunteers and users, legal and debt services

2015 Church motto text “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me”. Matthew 25:40 (King James Bible).

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)

Newsletter Kate Baldry (01362 695503) – Music Reproduction Licence no.990580


Sidespersons Dorothy and Rodney Head

Readers 1st Rowena Atkinson 2nd Carole Hill

Intercessions Tracy Williams Chalice Pat Emsell

Servers Tracy Williams and Vikkie Shread

Churchwarden on duty Bob Emsell Organist Ian Graydon


Tuesday 17 February, Shrove Tuesday 12 noon Said Mass Janani Luwum, Archbishop of Uganda 1977

7.30pm Greater Chapter at Granary Court

Wednesday 18 February 7pm Sung Parish Mass with the Imposition of Ashes

Ash Wednesday Do come to church to begin these forty days of Lent.

Preacher: Fr Peter Varney. Please read the Gospel before you come – Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Thursday 19 February 5pm Meditation Group in Prayer Room

Friday 20 February 10.00am Said Mass

Sunday 22 February 10.30am Sung Parish Mass

Lent 1 President and Preacher: Revd Gillian Ireson (Fr Darren is covering at St Peter Mancroft in his capacity as Rural Dean as they go into a vacancy.)


· Ash Wednesday is this Wednesday, marking the start of Lent. Please come to the sung Mass at 7pm which will include the imposition of ashes. Make it a priority in your diary to attend as we make the next 40 days count!

· Our Meditation group meets Thursday – entrance to church via the Priest’s door from 4.50pm onwards. If you’re interested in coming along do speak to Carol Cullum to find out more.

· There are two NCCT Lent Study Groups this year commencing 23rd February (daytime and evening options). It would be good if everyone at St Giles could attend one of them. It’s a great way to meet with other Christians from across the City. No need to book, simply turn up for the first session. Do pick up a copy of the leaflet from the back of church.

· “Count Your Blessings” isin your newsletter this week for you to use during Lent. Christian Aid’s bite-size reflections will inspire you to give thanks for the blessings in your life. Through prayers, actions and donations you’ll help to transform lives. Christian Aid supports some of the poorest communities in the world. At the end of Lent do return your donations to our Christian Aid representative, Lindsey Green. Thank you.

· February’s charity is Water Aid, do have a look at the charity notice board for more information.

· The next opportunity for confirmation will be in the Cathedral on Easter Eve (Saturday 4th April) by the Lord Bishop of Norwich. If you are interested in being confirmed then please speak to Fr Darren as soon as possible. The Easter Eve service is a most wonderful event at which to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, and of Baptism too for those who haven’t been baptised.

· Don’t forget about our little lending library of books (round the back of the hymn book shelves) – the library is there for us all to enjoy, so why not take some time to browse through the books? If you want to borrow a book, no need to sign up – just borrow away!

· Following her talk on Traidcraft and Fairtrade last Sunday Kate Baldry has left her display up at the back of church. Do take a leaflet home. There is a sign-up form for the “Real Easter Egg” – a Fairtrade egg which has a colourful booklet inside telling the Easter story – the only egg to do so. Stocks quickly sell out so please do order within the next few weeks (no need to pay yet). Do look at the Traidcraft website and if you would like to order anything then contact Kate.

· Need advice on dealing with mental health issues? A very good website has been launched to help resource Christians with practical, helpful advice – Follow the link for the access pack. It has been produced by Katharine Welby, daughter of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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