Service sheet for 3rd April

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

welcomes you to worship with them on

Sunday 3rd April 2016

Second Sunday of Easter (Low Sunday)

When the risen Jesus breathed on his disciples they received the Holy Spirit. As we meet together to worship in his name let us open ourselves to accept his Spirit breathed into every particle of our being.

The Easter candle remains in the Sanctuary from now until Pentecost Sunday, marking the fifty days of the Easter season which cover the resurrection appearances. The candle has a prominent place reminding us that Christ is the light of the world and that, in that light, Jesus is alive today.

Today’s Mass includes the ministry of healing, with the anointing of oil. If you wish to receive healing for yourself or for a loved one, please go and sit in the Lady Chapel after communion. Revd Gillian Ireson will be assisting with this ministry today.

There will be a Presentation by Tracy, Bev and Annie this morning about our links / developments with West Pottergate (now to be known as The Island).

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 106 Come, ye faithful, raise the strain

Psalm 150

Gospel acclamation Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Cantors I am the first and the last, says the Lord, and the living one;

I was dead, and behold I am alive for evermore

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

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

All Glory to you, O Lord

Gospel John 20:19-31

Priest This is the gospel of the Lord

All Praise to you, O Christ

Offertory Hymn 109 Hail thee, Festival Day

Communion Hymn 115 Now the green blade riseth

Recessional Hymn 173 Blessed Thomas, doubt no longer

Organ Voluntary CS Lang – Tuba Tune

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 Rowena Atkinson

1st Reading Julia de Salis 2ndReading Annie Blyth

Intercessions Bev Williams Chalice Jonny Green Organist Ian Graydon

Servers Susan Morris-Prosser and Ben Shread


Monday 4 April The Annunciation of Our Lord to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Tuesday 5 April 12.00 noon Said Mass President Fr Peter Varney

Thursday 7 April 5.00pm Meditation Group in the Prayer Room

Friday 8 April 10.00am Said Mass

Saturday 9 Pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi (Ian, Pearl, Julia, Mavis and Fr Darren)

Sunday 10 April Third of Easter 10.30am Sung Parish Mass

President and Preacher Fr Peter Varney

Readings next week: Acts 9:1-6; Psalm 30; Revelation 5:11-14; John 21:1-19

Norwich East Deanery Prayer Calendar: St Peter Mancroft – Clergy: Robert Avery; Readers: Alison Atkins, John Pountain; Synod Reps: Alison Atkins, Richard Turk, Geoffrey Woolsey-Brown. The Mancroft Advice Project. Those working with the homeless. All seeking healing within our churches.


New members of St Giles family don’t miss the last chance today for Raymond or Annie to take your photo which can then be added to our family album which sits on the table at the back of church. The album is always updated at this time of year – do take a look at this lovely record of our family here.

A big thank you to all who decorated the church so beautifully for Easter.

Fr Darren would like to thank all who sent him Easter cards and gifts which are greatly appreciated.

Our Meditation Group meets in the Prayer Room this Thursday at 5pm – entrance to church via the Priest’s door from 4.50 onwards. If you’re interested in coming along for the first time, do speak to Claire Vaughan-Smith or email her at to find out more.

Bible Study – Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 12 April at 40 Havelock Road. We shall be continuing our studies in Proverbs which are proving to be very interesting and thought-provoking.

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 in our prayers.

Walsingham Bible Week “Live the Word” is from Monday 24 to Friday 28 Octoberand is entitledThe Missionary Church in the Book of Acts” – five days of exploring the work of the Holy Spirit in the early church. Further 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!

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.

Charity of the Month – our April charity is the Church Housing Trust – details on our charities board.

Salvation Army Pottergate ARC – please do keep bringing in donations of tins and packets and place them in the box in the Tower Vestry. Many thanks to Elsie and David for organising this appeal.

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.

Newsletter via email – would you like to receive thisas soon as it is produced? It can be easily set up on the church website – just 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.

All roads lead to Rome! Please pray for those on Pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi next week. The Pilgrimage, under the leadership of the Bishop of Chichester, the Right Reverend Martin Warner, celebrates the Year of Mercy in Rome. We are hoping that the pilgrimage will include an audience with the Pope. Thanks to all who are covering the Masses at St Giles next week.

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