Service sheet for 28th February

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

welcomes you to worship with them on

Sunday 28th February 2016

Third Sunday of Lent

As we continue to journey with our Lord through the season of Lent, let us leave behind all distractions to focus fully on his presence and his word in our worship.

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.

Our Charity Speaker today is Kate Baldry on the theme of Fairtrade as we begin the start of Fairtrade Fortnight.

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 507 Hear us, O Lord, have mercy upon us

Psalm 63

Gospel acclamationPraise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory

Cantors The Lord is a great God, O that today you would listen to his voice.

Harden not your hearts.

All Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory

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

All Glory to you, O Lord

Gospel Luke 13:1-9

Priest This is the gospel of the Lord

All Praise to you, O Christ

Offertory Hymn 73 My God, I love thee; not because

Communion Hymn 63 All ye who seek a comfort sure

Recessional Hymn 445 Rock of ages, cleft for me

Organ Voluntary Bach – Fantasia in C minor BWV562

Norwich East Deanery Prayer Calendar: St Alban’s, Lakenham – Clergy: David Lloyd and Sports Minister, Ruth Graveling; Synod Reps. Norwich School, Chaplain: Corin Childs. City College, Norwich, Chaplain: David Lloyd.

2016 Church motto text ‘Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.’ Psalm 85 v.10 (King James Bible)

A helpful text as we work and pray with our Roman Catholic friends in their ‘Year of Mercy’

Rector and Rural Dean of Norwich East Fr Darren Thornton, Part-time, also Chaplain at UEA 01603 623724 – day off on Monday

Parish Ordinands Tracy Williams and Annie Blyth

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

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


Sidespersons Dorothy and Rodney Head Churchwarden on duty Rowena Atkinson

Readers 1st Tracy Williams 2nd Sheila Spreadbury

Intercessions Diana Lamb Chalice David Johnson

Servers Ben Shread and Lindsey Green Organist Ian Graydon


Mon 29 February 7.30pm Bible Study at 37 Havelock Road – please do join us!

Tues 1 March 12 noon Said Mass President Revd Maggie Diffey David, Bishop of Menevia, Patron of Wales, 601

Wed 2 March 7.15pm Norwich East Deanery Synod at St Francis Heartsease with launch of the Deanery Mission Plan. Our reps are Vikkie, Karen and Mavis, along with Fr Darren, the Rural Dean

Thurs 3 March 4.50 for 5.00pm Meditation Group in the Prayer Room (enter by priest’s door)

Fri 4 March 10.00am Said Mass

11.00am Women’s World Day of Prayer service and meditation at Princes Street URC Church, followed by a frugal lunch of soup and bread

7.30pm Film Club – see railings outside church for details of film

Sat 5 March 6.30pm Brother Paolo from the Taizé Community is visiting the Cathedral – includes Taizé worship

Sun 6 MarchMothering Sunday 10.30am Sung Parish Mass and healing ministry with Revd Gillian Ireson Includes distribution of posies and a celebratory glass of wine after the Mass. Speaker: Parish Ordinand, Annie Blyth

Next week’s readings: Exodus 2:1-10; Psalm 127:1-4; Colossians 3:12-17; John 19:25b-27.


Today is the deadline to sign up for the lunch after the APCM. Please see the list at the back of church, sign up and make your payment to John Baldry.

Your copy of the 2015 APCM booklet is available for you to purchase today (£1 donation). Please do take it home to read in preparation for the APCM on Sunday 13th March.

Parish Lent Leaflet, Treasurer’s Presentation and “Count Your Blessings” – spare copies can be found on the table at the back of church. Please do pick up your copies.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land Mon 20th – Mon 27th Feb next year, led by the Bishop of Norwich: details are on the Diocesan website. Fr Darren is planning to go and anyone interested should let Bishop’s House know asap since places are limited and the deadline is end of February.

Bible Study – our Bible Study this Monday will be on selections from the book of Proverbs.

Charity of the Month – our February charity is Water Aid. Details on our charities notice board.

The St Giles Health and Safety Policy recently agreed by the PCC will be kept permanently on the table at the back of church – do have a look. Our thanks to Churchwarden Rowena for collating this.

Tuesday sacristan – as from Easter our new sacristan at the Tuesday Mass will be John Baldry, who will receive a license from the Bishop to administer the chalice at St Giles. We thank John for offering and pray that this new ministry will be a blessing to him. Our thanks go to Carol Cullum who is stepping down after serving for a number of years (originally she was asked if she would cover for six months!). Carol has done a wonderful job and we are all grateful for her ministry to us.

Join us at Ditchingham on Saturday 4th June – there is the opportunity to join the Deanery Weekend for the day. If you would like to come please take a booking form from the back of church and book your place before Easter. The cost for the day is £43 and includes all your food, and wine with the evening meal. All are welcome.

Annie Blyth has a date for her Bishop’s Advisory Panel that will decide if she is to be ordained. It will be from 20th to 22nd June in Ely – we hold Annie and the process of discernment in our prayers.

The posies for Mothering Sunday will be made by Annie Blyth – many thanks to her for these.

For reflection…as Christians our lives are the fifth gospel; we are often the only gospel that other people will read. God calls us to play the part in the conversion stories that he still wants to write.

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