Service sheet for 25th March

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

welcomes you to worship with them on

Sunday 25th March 2018

Palm Sunday

As Jesus the Servant King rode into Jerusalem on a donkey the crowds shouted and cheered. On this Palm Sunday let us too lift our hearts and souls and voices in praise of Jesus our Lord.

At the start of the Mass we assemble at the Forum at 10.00am 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 Mass will begin at 10am sharp outside The Forum when we will join with the City Churches and Cathedral to greet a donkey. The Dean will bless our palms and we process back to St Giles.

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 Mark

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

Deanery Prayer Calendar: St Stephen, Norwich – Clergy: Madeline Light, Matthew Hutton, Alex Irving; Readers: Peter Carroll, Anne Murphy; Synod Reps: David Mason, Sarah Mintey. PA to the Bishop & Archdeacon: Coralie Nichols. CMD Norwich East Link: Arnold Browne. All those in ministry training especially Shawn Tomlinson, Annie Blyth and Tracy Williams

2018 motto text “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Cor 12:19

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

Parish Ordinands Annie Blyth and Tracy Williams (Ordinand at St Matthew’s, Thorpe Hamlet)

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

Newsletter and Traidcraft Kate Baldry (01362 695503) Twitter @stgilesnorwich Music Repro. Licence 990580


Sidespersons Dorothy and Rodney Head Churchwarden Bob Emsell 1st Reading Jen Gerrard 2nd Reading Vikkie Shread Intercessions Priest-led Chalice Carole Hill Organist Ian Graydon Servers Tim Ives, Karen Kiddell, Vikkie Shread, Jonny and Lindsey Green


Please 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.


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.

Tonight there will be an ecumenical service at 6.00pm in the Cathedral. All are very welcome!

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 reflect on Holy Week and Easter.

Holy Week – you will find the programme on the back of your teaching flyer today. To enter into the spiritual experience of journeying with Christ it is good to try and be in church for worship as much as possible. Please do mark this programme in your diaries – it will be a blessing to you.

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 Ringers are holding their AGM next Tuesday 27 March at 7.00pm. Further details from Churchwarden Rowena.

Maundy Thursday After our evening Mass on Maundy Thursday you are invited to join a City Centre Pilgrimage to visit the Garden of Gethsemane set up in various churches. ‘Could you not watch with me one brief hour?’ were the words of Jesus. St Giles, St John Timberhill and the Cathedral are open until midnight; St George Tombland until 10.00pm.

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

Easter Eve Confirmation We have two people from St Giles who will be confirmed by the Lord Bishop of Norwich in the Cathedral on Easter Eve, Saturday 31 March at 8.00pm. They are Ashley Carter and Christopher Seelhof. Please do pray for them as they prepare for their confirmation.

Social media campaign to promote Holy Week and Easter – this is being instigated by the Norwich City Church of England Churches. Please follow on

Christian Aid “Count your Blessings” – Would those 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.

Our March Charity is the Samaritans. Please look at the board at the back of church for details.

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 the delivery of your gifts to the Salvation Army.

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.

Deanery Outing to Cromer Are you coming to join us on 10 July? It is already half full! Those who came last year had a wonderful evening. Please pick up a leaflet from the back of church and make your payment to secure your theatre seat.

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 on Easter Sunday or Low Sunday. The album is updated annually so don’t miss the chance for your lovely photo to appear!

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