Service sheet for 22nd February

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

welcomes you to worship with them on

Sunday 22nd February 2015

First Sunday of Lent

Today we hear how Jesus was driven out into the wilderness and tempted by Satan. Let us lift up our souls, our hearts and our minds to worship God, who with steadfast love and compassion holds us, understands our needs and guides us in the ways of righteousness and faithfulness.

There is a retiring collection today and every Sunday during Lent to support Water Aid and the Diocesan Lent Project (see Lent leaflet). Lent is a time for almsgiving so please give generously.

We thank Revd Gillian Ireson who is the President and Preacher today. (Fr Darren is covering at St Peter Mancroft in his capacity as Rural Dean as they go into a vacancy.)

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 507 Hear us, O Lord, have mercy upon us

Psalm 25:1-10

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 1:9-15

Priest This is the gospel of the Lord

All Praise to you, O Christ

Offertory Hymn 302 O Thou, who at thy Eucharist didst pray

Communion Hymn 276 Bread of heaven, on thee we feed

Recessional Hymn 67 Forty days and forty nights

Organ Voluntary: Bach – Christus, der uns selig macht

Next Sunday’s readings Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22:22-30; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38

NCCT Prayer Themes for the week ahead: The Salvation Army. Youth Projects across the City.

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 Revd Gillian Ireson 2nd Bev Williams

Intercessions Vikkie Shread Chalice Carole Hill

Servers Jonny and Lindsey Green

Churchwarden on duty Bob Emsell Organist Ian Graydon


Monday 23 February NCCT Lent courses begin this week across the city. Pick up a leaflet from the back of church and simply turn up.

Tuesday 24 February 8.45am Home Communion – Barbara Harper

12 noon Said Mass President Revd Maggie Diffey

1.00 – 3.00pm City Centre Incumbents meeting at St Giles Rectory

Thursday 26 February 7.30pm Interesting Talk in church

Friday 27 February 10.00am Said Mass George Herbert, Priest and Poet, 1633

Sunday 1 March 10.30am Sung Parish Mass Fr Darren

Lent 2 with healing ministry led by Revd Gillian Ireson


· Our Interesting Talk this Thursday is given by Stephen, Master Mason, who is training apprentices at St Clement’s, Colegate. Stephen will speak about his international work and the education that his full-time apprentices receive within the Guild of St Stephen and St George.

· The NCCT Lent Study Groups start this week. 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 there are daytime and evening options.

· If you have not got a copy of the 2015 Lent leaflet or Christian Aid’s “Count your Blessings” then please do collect them from the back of church and make the forty days of Lent count.

· Don’t forget that the Parish Prayer Calendar is also available at the back of church.

· 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.

· Our little lending library of books (round the back of the hymn book shelves) 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! You may find something to add to your Lent reading.

· Would you like to receive an email copy of the newsletter as soon as it is produced? This can be easily set up on the church website ( ). Click on the FOLLOW box at the bottom on the right hand side, give your email details and sign up. You will now get the newsletter electronically each week! Any problems – please speak to Raymond Scott.

· There is a sign-up form for the “Real Easter Egg”, a Fairtrade egg which has a colourful booklet inside telling the Easter story – this is the only egg to do this. Stocks quickly sell out so please do order within the next week or two (no need to pay yet). If you would like to change your shopping habits in favour of fairly-traded goods then please do borrow a Traidcraft catalogue (collect from the table at the back of Church and leave your order form in the tray for Kate) or look at the website and contact Kate to order.

· 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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