Service sheet for 20th March

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

welcomes you to worship with them on

Sunday 20th March 2016

Palm Sunday

We each have a mission, a role to play, whether we think we know what that is or not. We are also blessed with the gifts and talents to succeed in that mission. Let us humbly commit ourselves to the loving service of God.

At the start of the Mass we assemble in Upper St Giles for the Liturgy of the Palms.

Our procession into church (representing Jerusalem) is a corporate penitential act as we mark together our journey into the Lord’s passion and death. Those same voices that cried aloud “Hosanna” will cry out “Crucify him!” later this week.

There is no sermon this morning as the dramatic Passion Gospel takes its place.

10.00am 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.

Processional Hymns See separate sheet

Psalm 31

Gospel Passion narrative according to Luke

Priest This is the Passion of the Lord

(Please note – there is no congregational response at this point)

Offertory Hymn 86 My song is love unknown

Communion Hymn 95 When I survey the wondrous Cross

Recessional Hymn 94 We sing the praise of him who died

Organ Voluntary Messiaen – Apparition de l’Eglise Eternelle

DIARY FOR THE WEEKPlease refer to the back of your teaching flyer which has the full programme for Holy Week and Easter. Please try and attend as much of the week as you possibly can.

Readings next week: Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:1-2. 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:19-26; John 20:1-18

Norwich East Deanery Prayer Calendar: St Helen’s – Clergy: Barry Oake, Synod Rep: Rachel Howell. Norwich Cathedral – Dean and Chapter, Honorary Canons and Priest Vicars, all those who work at the Cathedral.

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 Duty Churchwarden Bob Emsell

1st Reading Rowena Atkinson 2ndReading Charlotte Ellerby

Intercessions Priest-led Chalice Ian Mayers Organist Ian Graydon

Servers Karen Kiddell, Annie Blyth, Ben Shread, Jonny and Lindsey Green


Confessions – Fr Darren is available to hear confessions during Passiontide – please do phone for an appointment.

As we enter into Christ’s passion we remember the command of Jesus at the Last Supper: “Do this in remembrance of me.” The passionate body and blood of Jesus is revealed to us every time we come to receive the Holy Sacrament. We come to worship to express our passion for God and in return he reminds us of his passion for us. It is good to have Elsie Johnson’s knitted Last Supper back in the altar as we begin to reflect on Holy Week and Easter.

Barbara Harper passes on her Easter wishes to all who know her at St Giles. Fr Darren will be taking her communion on Tuesday.

St Giles Bell Tower AGM is on Tuesday 22 March – details from Churchwarden Rowena.

West Pottergate Community Action Group will meet at the Chapel on Wednesday 23 March at 6.30pm. Tracy, Bev, Annie and Fr Darren will be attending this meeting.

On Maundy Thursday after the Mass you are invited to take part in a City Pilgrimage visiting the garden of Gethsemane in each of the open churches which will be St George Tombland (8.30-10.30pm); St John Timberhill, St Giles and the Cathedral (8.30pm – midnight). Compline will be said at St Giles and the Cathedral at 11.45pm. Please do take this opportunity to spend some time with Our Lord in front of the Blessed Sacrament. Are you able to cover a half hour slot at St Giles during the Watch until Midnight in church from 9.30pm onwards? All are welcome at any time but it would help if you could put your name on the form at the back of church so we can see that the hours are covered.

Easter Eve Please do try and attend the service in the Cathedral at which the Easter Candle light will be blessed and returned back to St Giles for our Mass on Easter Sunday.

Easter Sunday is the deadline for any who want to book to join us during the Deanery weekend for the day on Saturday 4 June. Please make your payment of £43 to John Baldry. Thank you.

The next Interesting Talk will be on Thursday 31 March when Elspeth Rushbrook, a locally based writer and speaker with a 20 year interest in architecture will speak on “Where have the Conquest builders most left their mark?”

Diocesan magazine – copies of the March/April Magazine are at the back of Church. It includes the Diocesan prayer calendar that we are encouraged to use daily. Do take home your free copy.

Christian Aid “Count your Blessings” – Wouldthose who have used these sheets during Lent please give your donations to Lindsey Green, our Christian Aid rep, who will be happy to bank them for you.

Easter lilies Would those who wish to remember loved ones by donating a lily for the main altar please see John Baldry, Pat Emsell or Dot Head to give a suggested donation of £5. Thank you.

Charity of the Month – our March charity is Us (formerly USPG) – details are on our charities board.

Walsingham Bible Week “Live the Word” – details can be found on the table at the back of church. Do speak to Mavis for more information. These weeks are excellent teaching and lots of fun!

The NCCT has been officially wound up and the money held has been given to Transforming Norwich. Details about this decision can be found in the APCM booklet under the NCCT report.

Jan McFarlane – The Queen has approved the nomination of the Venerable Jan McFarlane, Archdeacon of Norwich, as the 6th suffragan Bishop of Repton in the Diocese of Derby. Jan will be consecrated as a Bishop by the Archbishop of Canterbury on Wednesday 29 June and will begin her ministry in Derbyshire later in the summer. Our congratulations, love and best wishes go with her from St Giles. The date for Jan’s farewell is to follow.

New members of St Giles family please do ask Raymond or Annie to take your photo for our family album which sits on the table at the back of church – this can be done on Easter Sunday or Low Sunday. The album is always updated at this time of year so don’t miss the chance for your lovely photo to appear!

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