Service sheet for 3rd December

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

welcomes you to worship with them on

Sunday 3rd December 2017

Advent Sunday

Today we begin the final weeks in our journey towards Christmas and the coming of the Lord. This is the ending of our calendar year but always the beginning of new life for us.

Today, as we yearn for his coming, let us rededicate ourselves to our God who graciously came to share our life with us.

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.

Our Treasurer John Baldry will be giving a presentation this morning about our Advent gift appeal. Further details about this are on the letter within this newsletter.

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 3 Come, thou long-expected Jesus

Psalm 80

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 13:24-37

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 282 Faithful Shepherd, feed me

Recessional Hymn 16 Wake, O wake! With tidings thrilling

Organ Voluntary Bach – Wachet Auf (Schubler)

ASSISTANTS AT THE EUCHARIST Sidespersons Dorothy and Rodney Head Churchwarden Rowena Atkinson 1st Reading Ian Mayers 2nd Reading Vikkie Shread Intercessions Carole Hill Chalice David Johnson Organist Ian Graydon Servers Jonny and Lindsey Green, Ben Shread, Annie Blyth and Tim Ives

2017 Church motto text Welcome one another….just as Christ has welcomed you.” Romans 15:7

Rector and Rural Dean of Norwich East Canon 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 Ordinand Annie Blyth
Newsletter Kate Baldry (01362 695503)
Parish website


Monday 4 December 7.30pm Bible Study at 40 Havelock Road (Mark chapters 3 and 4)

Tuesday 5 December 12 noon Said Mass President Revd Maggie Diffey

Wednesday 6 December 7-8pm West Pottergate Community meeting at the Chapel
Our reps are John Marsters, Annie Blyth and Fr Darren

Thursday 7 December 7.30pm Christmas Quiz in aid of the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal

Friday 8 December 10.00am Said Mass The Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

7.30pm Film Club – please see the railings outside St Giles for details

Sunday 10 December Advent 2 10.30am Sung Parish Mass

3.30pm Choral Evensong at the Cathedral – Preacher Canon Darren
All from St Giles are welcome.

Next Sunday’s readings: Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:1-2. 8-13; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8

Deanery Prayer Calendar: Thorpe St Andrew Episcopi – Clergy: James Stewart, Matthew Hutton, PTO: Patrick Kerley; Synod Reps: Ann Cox, Patience Skelton, Linda Olney. Churchwardens, PCCs, Treasurers and PCC Secretaries across the Deanery. Thorpe and Heartsease Christian Forum. Norwich North Deanery: Rural Dean Simon Stokes. Norwich South Deanery: Rural Dean Ian Dyble.


Advent comes from the Latin word for an arrival or coming and it means that the Lord is coming. The candles on the Advent wreath are in the traditional colours of purple for waiting and, in the third week, rose for Gaudete Sunday. Our wreath has been prepared by Dot Head, to whom we are very grateful.

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 today (liturgical year B) with gospel readings mostly from Mark. As part of your Advent preparation why not read St Mark’s Gospel in full and reflect on the main themes.

We welcome any newcomers to our church today. Do make yourself known to the priest or the churchwardens. If you normally receive communion in your own church, you are welcome to do so here. If you are not a communicant, please come to the altar for a blessing, holding your service book.

Meditation Group meets this Thursday at 5pm.Please ring Claire Vaughan Smith (618957) for venue.

Our Christmas Quiz in aid of the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal is this Thursday 7th December. Please do come to this fun event and bring your friends too!

St Giles Community Carol Service will take place on Sunday 17 December at 5.30pm. Please do invite all your friends and neighbours to join us as we start our lead up to Christmas!

Our December Charity is our link with the West Pottergate part of our Parish.

The Magazine for November and December is available at the back of church for you to take your free copy. It includes the Diocesan prayer Calendar that we are encouraged to use in our daily prayers.

Fr John Aves Educational Project Christmas Cards are on sale in the ORIGINAL Charity Christmas Card Shop, 15 St Stephen’s Street (next door to Sainsbury’s Local). They are also on sale in the Cathedral Shop and the Narthex at St John the Baptist Cathedral. Do please support this project.

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 project.

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 – see our Treasurer, John Baldry.

Advent Appeal We need your help! The 2018 budget has identified that we are likely to be £3,370 short next year in paying our way. The PCC have spent some time looking at where we can cut costs but what we need is increased giving to help us. We would like to invite members of the Church to give a ‘one off’ Advent gift in appreciation of the friendship and ministry they receive from St Giles. Please use one of the white envelopes in the pews and place it in the collection bowl at any Mass during the season of Advent. Your help is so greatly appreciated. Please do pray about this and how you might be able to help with this deficit in the accounts. Thank you. Fr Darren.

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