Service sheet for 29th November

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

welcomes you to worship with them on

Sunday 29th November 2015

Advent Sunday

Hear the cry of acclamation: He is coming on the clouds!

“Advent” comes from the Latin word for an arrival or coming and it means that the Lord is coming. The wreath is in the traditional colours of purple for waiting and, in the third week, rose for Gaudete Sunday. Our wreath has been prepared in memory of Jenny Standing by her sister Kath, to whom we are very grateful.

May Jenny rest in peace.

10.30am Sung Eucharist The service is set out in the white service booklet. The collect and readings are to be found overleaf. The hymns are from the New English Hymnal.

Introit Hymn 1 Creator of the stars of night

Psalm 25

Gospel acclamation Alleluia, 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, alleluia

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

All Glory to you, O Lord

Gospel Luke 21:25-36

Priest This is the gospel of the Lord

All Praise to you, O Christ

Offertory Hymn 9 Lo he comes with clouds descending

Communion Hymn 17 When came in flesh the incarnate Word

Recessional hymn 3 Come, thou long-expected Jesus

Organ Voluntary Bach – Wachet Auf (Schubler)

Next Sunday’s readings Malachi 3:1-4; Canticle: Luke 1:68-79 (Benedictus); Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6.

Norwich East Deanery Prayer Calendar: St Mary-in-the-Marsh. Clergy: Andrew Bryant. Reader and Synod Rep: Francis Gothard. City Hall and City Councillors; Norwich Crown Court; Norwich Coroner’s Court, Chaplain: Christine Copsey.

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, Part-time, also Chaplain at UEA 01603 623724 – day off on Monday

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

Parish Ordinands Tracy Williams and Annie Blyth

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


Sidespersons Dorothy and Rodney Head

Readers 1st Charlotte Ellerby 2nd Ian Mayers

Intercessions Tracy Williams Chalice Pat Emsell

Servers John Baldry and Ben Shread

Churchwarden Bob Emsell Organist Ian Graydon


Tuesday 1 December 12 noon Said Mass President – Revd Maggie Diffey

Thursday 3 December 5.00pm Meditation Group in the Prayer Room

7.30pm Christmas Quiz in aid of Salvation Army Christmas Appeal

Friday 4 December 10.00am Said Mass

10.30-11.30am Advent Study Group (2) in the Prayer Room – Judgement

7.30pm Film Club

Saturday 5 December 11am – 1pm Traidcraft Fairtrade Stalls in Church

Sunday 6 DecemberAdvent 2 10.30am Sung Parish Mass with healing ministry by Revd Gillian Ireson, followed by Traidcraft Stall


On this first Sunday of Advent we light our first Advent candle representing the Patriarchs. They were the leaders of their people and looked faithfully towards God, asking for his light to lead them. We light our candle in remembrance of them and as a prayer for God to lead us too. The youngest member in our church lights the candle this morning.

We begin a new Church Year (liturgical year C) with gospel readings from Luke. As part of your Advent preparation why not read Luke’s Gospel in full and reflect on some of the themes.

A big thank you to all who supported the Christmas Stallsyesterday. We hope to tell you how much was raised in the Churchwarden’s notices.

Please can you not park in the churchyard on Tuesday this week since Fr Darren is hosting a clergy event at St Giles House Hotel and clergy will be parking at the church from 12.15 until 4.00pm.

There are two social events this week not to be missed, the Charity Quiz on Thursday, £6 for quiz and supper and a glass of wine (raffle and puddings for donations too) [this is in aid of the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal] and Film Club on Friday (with sweeties!) showing a Christmas favourite.

Study Group for Advent – exploring the Four Last Things. Pick up your leaflet today. All welcome.

Traidcraft Stalls this Saturday from 11am to 1pm. Do publicise it to your friends since many people from around the area have asked for an opportunity to purchase Fairtrade Christmas gifts. Traidcraft’s current campaign is “Show you Care” (see poster in church or look online).

The next Bible Study will be on Tuesday 15December at 7.30pm at 37 Havelock Road.

The St Giles Community Carol Service will take place on Sunday 20 December at 5.30pm. Please do invite all your friends and neighbours to join us as we start our lead up to Christmas!

The Diocesan Magazine (with daily prayer calendar) is available to collect at the back of church.

Christmas Cards Please support the John Aves Educational Project. There are three designs at £4.50 for 10, from The Original Charity Christmas Card Shop, 6 The Royal Arcade or the Cathedral.

Our November Charity is St Martin’s Housing – details on the charity notice board.

Pilgrimage to St Gilles Abbey – Great news! Eighteen pilgrims will be visiting France next June. Pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi next year – a wonderful pilgrimage led by the Bishop of Chichester is planned for next year – spaces for anyone from St Giles. Pick up a brochure today – if there are a few of us going then we can get a minibus to Gatwick. Please speak to Fr Darren.

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 through some brown envelopes. This means that you no longer need to fill in a white envelope each week. To find out more about the scheme or to join please see our Treasurer, John Baldry.

Christmas tree any contributions towards the cost of this year’s tree to John Baldry please.

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