Service sheet for 23rd December

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

welcomes you to worship with them on

Sunday 23rd December 2018

Fourth Sunday of Advent

The angel said to Mary, “You will be with child and will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus”. On this fourth Sunday of Advent we stand with Mary as she hears the angel’s news. May we have the courage, as she did, to be part of a dream that we can barely imagine.

Our Speaker today is Parish Ordinand Annie Blyth.

After the Mass we will transform the church from the season of Advent into the Christmas season as our major festivities begin.

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 14 The advent of our God

Canticle Luke 1:46b-55

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 Luke

All Glory to you, O Lord

Gospel Luke 1:39-55

Priest This is the gospel of the Lord

All Praise to you, O Christ

Offertory Hymn 10 Long ago, prophets knew

Communion Hymn 186 Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord

Recessional hymn 188 Ye who own the faith of Jesus

Organ Voluntary Bach – Fantasia in C Minor BWV562

Next week’s readings: 1 Samuel 2:18-20. 26; Psalm 148; Colossians 3:12-17; Luke 2:41-52

Rector and Rural Dean of Norwich East Canon Darren Thornton, part-time, also UEA Chaplain 01603 623724 – day off Monday
Parish Ordinands Annie Blyth; Tracy Williams – on placement at Thorpe Hamlet
Churchwardens Rowena Atkinson (01603 455729) Bob Emsell (01603 439632)
Newsletter Kate Baldry (01362 695503) Facebook @Norwicheastdeanery
Twitter @stgilesnorwich

Assistants at the Eucharist
Dorothy and Rodney Head Churchwarden Rowena Atkinson 1st Reading Nigel Simpson 2nd Reading Carole Hill Intercessions Sheila Spreadbury Chalice Pat Emsell Servers Tim Ives and John Baldry Organist Ian Graydon

Monday 24 December 11.30pm Candlelit Midnight Mass
Christmas Eve Speaker Parish Ordinand Tracy Williams
Tuesday 25 December 10.00am Family Mass with Carols
Christmas Day Do bring a present to open during the service
Wednesday 26 to Saturday 29 December St Giles Church closed (no Friday Mass)
Sunday 30 December Christmas 1 10.30am Sung Parish Mass with the launch of the 2019 Church Calendar
There will be a celebratory glass of wine after the Mass

Deanery Prayer Calendar: Bishop Graham and Julie: thanking God for his ministry among us; our Archdeacon: Karen Hutchinson; Rural Dean: Darren Thornton; Lay Chair: Bridgid Everitt; Treasurer: Gus Woodcock; Secretary: Shirley Buxton; Bishop’s Chaplain: Susanna Gunner. All preparing for Christmas services.

We welcome any newcomers to our church today
. Do make yourself known to the priest or the churchwardens. 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 our Church Electoral Roll (see Carole Hill). We also have a scheme for regular giving (see our Treasurer, John Baldry).
St Giles will be closed from Wednesday 26 to Saturday 29 December. Those looking for a daily Mass during the week will be made most welcome at the Cathedral or St John Timberhill.
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.

Advent Appeal We are likely to be £2450 short next year in paying our way. Please do pray about this and how you might be able to help with this deficit. 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 (using one of the white envelopes in the pews). Your help is so greatly appreciated. Thank you.
‘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.
Our congregational Christmas card Today is your last opportunity to sign this and make a donation to charity. It’s a way of sending Christmas greetings to each other without sending cards. The money donated is being given to ‘Embrace the Middle East’ which seeks to improve the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the Middle East. Our special thanks to Elsie who has produced the card.
Christmas Tree Please could you give any contribution you can manage towards the cost of this year’s Parish Tree to John Baldry. Thank you.
Our December Charitable Giving is for West Pottergate Community Residents.
Salvation Army Pottergate ARC – at this time of year please do think of those in need and keep bringing in donations of tins and packets to the Tower Vestry. Thank you.
Donations of wine for consumption at church events would be most gratefully received by the Churchwardens. Thank you very much!
‘Sacred Space’ We are grateful to those who have said that they would like to keep St Giles open for a few hours during the week so that others can experience our sacred space – thank you for such a positive response. To avoid clashes please put your times in the Churchwardens’ diary (Tuesday and Friday mornings are already covered).
“HAPPY CHRISTMAS!” It is an amazing thought that, for nine months, Mary literally shared the heartbeat of God. At this very special Christmastide we thank God again for sending his only Son to be “conceived by the Holy Ghost and born of the Virgin Mary”. Thank you to those decorating the church, and may I take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy and Blessed Christmas. Fr Darren.

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